Troparia and kontakia for January 3

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.”

Holy Prophet Malachi

Troparion — Tone 2

We celebrate the memory / of Your prophet Malachi, O Lord; / through him we beseech You: / “Save our souls.”

Kontakion — Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / Endowed with the gift of prophecy, O Malachi, / you clearly proclaimed the saving coming of Christ to the world. / His brightness has brought light to the whole universe.

Martyr Gordius at Caesarea, in Cappadocia

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Gordius, O Lord, / through his suffering 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!

Kontakion — Tone 8

Podoben: “The universe offers You...” / Holy Gordius, the earth has received the sweat of your labors; / the blood you shed has made the universe rejoice. / Save by your prayers those who sing of your glory in faith, / fittingly honoring you, divine and glorious martyr, worthy of all praise.

Venerable Genevieve of Paris

Troparion — Tone 1

O Shepherdess who guardest the sheep at Nanterre against the horde of wolves and the Scourge of God, / thou dost protect the city of the Parisians. / O St Genevieve, do not forget to guard thy spiritual sheep even now, / from heaven where thou livest after death.

New Martyr Ephraim

Troparion — Tone 1

(Podoben: O citizen of the desert)
Thou didst shine forth like the sun on the mountain of Ammomon, O God-bearer, / and through martyrdom thou didst depart unto God. / Thou didst endure the invasion of the barbarians, O Ephraim, Great Martyr of Christ. / Therefore, thou dost gush forth grace forever to those who devoutly call upon thee. / Glory to Him Who gave thee strength. / Glory to Him Who magnified thee. / Glory to Him Who, through thee, granteth healing to all.

Kontakion — Tone 3

(Podoben: Today the Virgin giveth birth)
Thou didst struggle on the mountain of Ammomon, O godly-minded one, / and in this thou didst follow the path of martyrdom. / Wherefore, the Giver of Life hath crowned thee with double crowns. / O worthy Hieromartyr Ephraim, / earnestly do we entreat thee to have mercy upon those who honor thee.