Troparia and kontakia for September 18

Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross

Troparion — Tone 1

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians / over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross, / preserve Your habitation.

Kontakion — Tone 4

As You were voluntarily raised upon the cross for our sake, / grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God; / make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power, / ganting them victories over their adversaries, / by bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Your weapon of Peace.

Saint Eumenius, Bishop of Gortyna

Troparion — Tone 4

We have you as a friend and helper, / gracious advocate Eumenius: / For compassion flowed from you / and you pour forth healing on the Church. / Protect those who honor you.

Kontakion — Tone 2

Radiant with divine light, O blessed one, / illumine us who lovingly praise your precious and glorious passing; / hierarch father Eumenius, / unceasingly intercede for us all.

“The Healer” Icon of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 4

From your holy icon, O Lady Theotokos, / salvation and healing is granted abundantly to all those who come to you with love and faith; / visit also my infirmity and show mercy to my soul, O Good One, / and heal my body by your grace.

Kontakion — Tone 6

We have no other help, we have no other hope, but you, O Lady. / Help us, for in you we hope, / and of you we boast, for we are your servants. / Let us not be put to shame.

Venerable Euphrosyne of Suzdal

Troparion — Tone 4

The land of Suzdal rejoiceth in your holy memory, / while believers assemble in your all-honorable temple, where now your most glorious memory is celebrated. / O venerable Euphrosyne, pray to Christ God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 6

The fair Euphrosyne cried out to Christ, / “My sweetest Bridegroom, the sweetness of my love for Thee, / and the graciousness of Thy mercy, inspire my soul with hope. / My heart rejoiceth, enduring difficult labors for Thy name’s sake; / hoping that Thou wilt account me worthy of joy in Thy Bridal Chamber with the wise virgins.” / Therefore, O venerable one, honoring the struggle of thy labors, we entreat thee: / Pray that the doors of the Bridal Chamber will not be closed to us.

Kontakion — Tone 2

By filling the pure vessel of virginity with the oil of prayers and love, / thou didst kindle an unquenchable lamp in thy heart, O venerable one; / and being vigilant, thou didst go forth to meet the Heavenly Bridegroom with them, / and wast accepted into His Bridal Chamber, / where now thou abidest with the angels and the saints, we entreat thee: / pray unto Christ God, to deliver us from the fate of the foolish virgins.*

* Matthew 15:1-13