Troparia and kontakia for September 20

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, / granting them victories over their adversaries, / by bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Your weapon of Peace.

Greatmartyr Eustáthios Placidas, with his wife and children, of Rome

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Eustáthius and his wife and sons, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2

(Podoben: “Thou didst seek the heights...”)
Clearly emulating the Passion of Christ, / and faithfully drinking of His cup, O communicant Eustáthios, you became a partaker and joint heir of His glory, / receiving divine forgiveness from on high from the God of all.

Holy Martyr and Confessor Michael and his councilor, Theodore, Wonderworkers of Chernigov

Troparion — Tone 4

Bringing your lives to perfection by martyrdom, and adorned with crowns of confession, / you ascended into the heavens, most wise Michael, with the valiant Theodore. / Pray to Christ God to preserve your homeland, and all Orthodox Christians, by His great mercy.

Kontakion — Tone 8

(Podoben: “O Victorious Leader...”)
Despising an earthly kingdom, regarding it as worthless, you abandoned its transient glory. / You entered the contests and proclaimed the Trinity before your tormentors, O Passion-bearer Michael, and valiant Theodore. / Standing before the King of the bodiless Powers, pray for your homeland, and for all Orthodox Christians, that we may always venerate you.