Troparia and kontakia for March 31

Repose of Saint Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts, Apostle to the Americas

Troparion — Tone 4

O holy father Innocent / in obedience to the will of God / you accepted dangers and tribulations / bringing many peoples to the knowledge of truth. / You showed us the way, / now by your prayers help lead us into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Troparion — Tone 2

You evangelized the northern people of America and Asia, / proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the natives in their own tongues. / O holy hierarch father Innocent, / enlightener of Alaska and all America, whose ways were ordered by the Lord, / pray to Him for the salvation of our souls in His Heavenly Kingdom!

Kontakion — Tone 2

A true celebration of the providence and grace of God / is your life, O holy father Innocent, Apostle to our land. / In hardships and dangers you toiled for the Gospel’s sake / and God delivered and preserved you unharmed. / From obscurity He highly exalted you as an example / that the Lord truly guides a man in the way he should go.

Kontakion — Tone 2

Your life, O holy father Innocent, Apostle to our Land, / proclaims the dispensation and grace of God! / For laboring in dangers and hardships for the Gospel of Christ / you were kept unharmed and exalted in humility. / Pray that He may guide our steps in the way we should go.

Appearance of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God

Kontakion — Tone 8

Although your holy Icon was cast into the sea by the widow / who could not save it from the enemy, O Theotokos, / it has been revealed as the guardian of Athos and the gatekeeper of Iveron Monastery, / frightening the enemy away, and delivering those who honor you from all misfortunes and afflictions.

Righteous Joseph the Patriarch

Kontakion — Tone 8

(Podoben: “As first-fruits of our nature...” – Kontakion for Sunday of All Saints)
Jacob lamented the loss of Joseph, / but the noble one was seated in a chariot and honored as a king; / for when he refused to be enslaved by the desires of the Egyptian woman, / he was glorified by Him who beholds the hearts of men, / and bestows an incorruptible crown.