Troparia and kontakia for September 4

Martyr Gorazd of Prague, Bohemia and Moravo-Cilezsk

Troparion — Tone 4

Orthodox leader and restorer of the Moravian Church, / Godly chief shepherd, Father Gorazd! / With joy, you suffered for the Truth. / Pray to our gracious God to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2

Amid currents of uncertainty, you remained in truth like the hardest diamond, / And you preached to your native land Orthodoxy -- the way of salvation. / After a God-favored life as a teacher of the Gospel, O high priest and shepherd, / You patiently and bravely received the martyrs’ crown from Christ the Savior. / O Martyr, Enlightener, Father Gorazd, pray for us in the Kingdom of God.

Hieromartyr Babylas, Bishop of Antioch, and those with him

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, / you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, / you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Babylas, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You guarded the mighty works of faith in your heart, / therefore, you did not fear the tyrant; / preserve us as well, Hieromartyr Babylas, good servant of Christ.

Holy Prophet and God-seer Moses

Troparion — Tone 2

You ascended to the heights of the virtues, Prophet Moses; / therefore, you were deemed worthy to see the glory of God. / Having received the grace-filled tablets of the Law, / and bearing the grace of the writing within yourself, / you were the honorable praise of prophets, / and a great mystery of piety.

Kontakion — Tone 2

The choir of prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron today, / for the fulfillment of their prophecy is in our midst. / The Cross, by which You have saved us, shines forth today. / By their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us.

“Unburnt Bush” Icon of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 1

The miracle that Moses witnessed on Sinai in the burning bush / Foretold your virginal childbearing, O pure Mother. / We the faithful cry to you: / Rejoice, O truly living bush! / Rejoice, O holy mountain! / Rejoice, O sanctified expanse and most holy Theotokos!

Kontakion — Tone 4

You showed Moses, O Christ God, / An image of your most pure Mother / In the bush that burned yet was not consumed, / For she herself was not consumed, / When she received in her womb the fire of divinity! / She remained incorrupt after her pure childbearing! / By her prayers, O greatly merciful One, / Deliver us from the flame of passions, / And preserve your people from all harm!