Troparia and kontakia for May 7

Commemoration of the Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross Over Jerusalem, in 351 AD

Troparion — Tone 1

The image of Your cross has shown more brightly than the sun, / extending from the holy mountain to the place of the skull. / In it, You have shown Your strength, O Savior, / and confirmed all Orthodox Christians in the True Faith. / Through the prayers of the Theotokos, / save us, O Christ our God.

Kontakion — Tone 4

The pure and Life-giving Cross which opened paradise / appeared in splendor above the earth, / extending its brilliant rays to the heavens. / Today we faithful accept its radiance as our guide to the eternal light. / We bear it in our struggles as an assurance of victory and triumph!

Repose of Saint Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America

Troparion — Tone 4

O righteous Father Alexis, / Our heavenly intercessor and teacher, / Divine adornment of the Church of Christ! / Entreat the Master of All / To strengthen the Orthodox Faith in America, / To grant peace to the world / And to our souls, great mercy!

Kontakion — Tone 5

Let us, the faithful, praise the Priest Alexis, / A bright beacon of Orthodoxy in America, / A model of patience and humility, / A worthy shepherd of the Flock of Christ. / He called back the sheep who had been led astray / And brought them by his preaching / To the Heavenly Kingdom!

Monastic Martyr Pachomius of Mount Athos

Troparion — Tone 3

Your godly life was made radiant by the trials of holy martyrdom, / O glorious, righteous Martyr Pachomius. / Through your ascetical deeds you shone forth on Athos / and shed your blood as an Athlete. / Intercede with the Lord Who has glorified you / that He may grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You became illustrious on Athos through your ascetic life and later excelled in martyrdom. / For you were given wings by your love for God, / O divinely-wise Martyr, glorious Pachomius.

Icon of the Mother of God of Zhirovits

Troparion — Tone 2

Do not despise those who entreat your help, O Sovereign Lady, / and open the unfathomable depths of mercy to all who hasten to your healing Icon. / Assuage the sorrows of our life, O most bountiful one, / and guide your faithful from this vale of tears to everlasting joy. / For in you, all have acquired hope and assurance, O Fount of mercy, protection and salvation of our souls.