Troparia and kontakia for August 31

The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 8

Ever-Virgin Theotokos, protectress of mankind, / you have given your people a powerful legacy: / the robe and sash of your most honored body which remained / incorrupt throughout your seedless childbearing; / for through you time and nature are renewed! / Therefore we implore you: “Grant peace to your people and to our souls great mercy!”

Kontakion — Tone 4

Today your flock celebrates the enshrinement of your precious sash, / and it earnestly cries out to you: / “Rejoice, O Virgin, boast of all Christians!”

Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage

Troparion — Tone 8

Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, / luminary of Carthage, God-inspired adornment of confessors, / O wise Cyprian, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. / Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 2

We honour you, O Cyprian, / as a true shepherd who with your sacred words and divinely-wise doctrines / has shown us the boundary-stones marking out the one Church of Christ. / Even unto death you bore witness with courage; / wherefore, we extol you as a hierarch and martyr. / Entreat Christ that we all be saved.