Troparia and kontakia for March 24

1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy

Troparion — Tone 2

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, / and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. / Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy. / Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You: / You have filled all with joy, O our Savior, / by coming to save the world.

Kontakion — Tone 8

No one could describe the Word of the Father; / but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described, / and restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty. / We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.

Forefeast of the Annunciation

Troparion — Tone 4

Today is the prelude of universal joy; / let us keep the forefeast in gladness. / For, behold, Gabriel comes to the Virgin, / bringing her the good tidings: / Hail, O full of grace; the Lord is with thee.

Kontakion — Tone 4

At the great Archangel’s voice, O Theotokos, / the All-holy Spirit came upon thee / and thou didst conceive Him Who is one in essence and co-enthroned with God the Father, / O you who are the recall of Adam.

Kontakion — Tone 8

You are the beginning of salvation for all the earth, O Virgin Theotokos, / for God sent His servant Gabriel from Heaven, the great Chief Commander of the angelic hosts, / to stand before you, bringing joy to you who rejoice; / therefore all cry out to you: Hail, O Unwedded Bride!