Troparia and kontakia for April 21

Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his companions, at Pozzuoli

Troparion — Tone 3

Consecrated through anointing with oil, / you became pastors for your godly wise people. / You were slain as honorable lambs / and offered to the Word and First Shepherd, / Who was Himself slain as His sheep, / O most laudable Hieromartyrs Januarius and Theodore, / beacons for all the world. / Therefore we all honor your holy memory in love, / as you intercede for our souls.

Troparion — Tone 3

Naples has found you a champion in dangers, / O Januarius, our glorious father. / You delivered her from plague, famine and affliction, / and from the fire of Vesuvius. / With faith and love we venerate you and honor your holy relics!

Kontakion — Tone 3

You were adorned with the anointing of the priesthood / and the blood of martyrdom, O glorious Januarius and Theodore, / and you shine forth everywhere, / rejoicing in the highest, / looking down upon us who come to your temple / and cry out unceasingly: / Preserve us all, entreating God who loves mankind!

Kontakion — Tone 4

The Master has given you to Naples, O holy one, / as a precious treasure and fountain of healings. / You are a guardian and protector of the faithful, / and you avert the evils of Vesuvius’ fire. / Therefore we cry to you in faith: / Rejoice, O Januarius, / our father and protector!