Troparia and kontakia for January 2

Forefeast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Troparion — Tone 4

Prepare, O Zebulon, / and adorn yourself, O Naphtali; / river Jordan, cease flowing / and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized. / Adam, rejoice with our First Mother / and do not hide yourself as you did of old in Paradise; / for having seen you naked, / He has appeared to clothe you with the first garment. / Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John: / “Do not be afraid to baptize me. / For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”

Repose of Venerable Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov

Troparion — Tone 4

You loved Christ from your youth, O blessed one, / and longing to work for Him alone you struggled in the wilderness in constant prayer and labor. / With penitent heart and great love for Christ you were favored by the Mother of God. / Therefore we cry to you: / “Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father.”

Kontakion — Tone 2

Forsaking the beauty as well as the corruption of this world, / you settled in the monastery of Sarov, O Saint. / There you lived an angelic life, / becoming for many the way to salvation. / Therefore, Christ has glorified you, Father Seraphim, / enriching you with abundant healing and miracles. / So we cry to you: “Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father.”

Saint Sylvester, Pope of Rome

Troparion — Tone 4

You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith, / An image of humility and a teacher of abstinence. / Because of your lowliness Heaven was opened to you; / Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you. / O holy Pope Sylvester, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2

The Trinity delights in you, O holy bishop Sylvester! / You are divine thunder, a spiritual trumpet / A planter of the Faith, / and destroyer of heresies. / As you ever stand with the angels, entreat Christ without ceasing for us all!

Venerable Sylvester of the Kiev Near Caves

Troparion — Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Sylvester, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Righteous Juliana of Lazarevo, Murom

Troparion — Tone 4

By your righteous deeds you revealed to the world / an image of the perfect servant of the Lord. / By your fasting, vigil and prayers, / you were inspired in your evangelical life, / feeding the hungry and caring for the poor, / nursing the sick and strengthening the weak. / Now you stand at the right hand of the Master, Christ, / O holy Juliana, interceding for our souls.

Hieromartyr Theogenes, Bishop of Parium on the Hellespont

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, / even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Theogenes, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

New Martyr George of Iberia

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr George, O Lord, / through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!