Troparia and kontakia for September 7

Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 4

Today from the stem of Jesse and from the loins of David, / the handmaid of God Mary is being born for us. / Therefore all creation is renewed and rejoices! / Heaven and earth rejoice together. / Praise her, you families of nations, / for Joachim rejoices and Anna celebrates crying out: / “The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our life!”

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the Virgin Theotokos Mary / the bridal chamber of the Heavenly Bridegroom / by the will of God is born of a barren woman, / being prepared as the chariot of God the Word. / She was fore-ordained for this, since she is the divine gate and the true Mother of Life.

Martyr Sozon of Cilicia

Troparion — Tone 4

O Martyr Sozon, you pledged your life to God, / Enduring the contest and becoming a sharer in Christ’s passion. / Save from temptation those who cry to you: / “Glory to him who strengthened you! / Glory to him who crowned you! / Glory to him who through you works healing for all!”

Kontakion — Tone 2

As we come together on this day, / let us, with loud voices, remember the true and God-bearing martyr, and athlete of piety, Sozon, / the divine initiate of grace, / the most bountiful giver of healings, / for he intercedes with God for us all.

Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod

Troparion — Tone 8

Great Novgorod rejoices over your relics today, O holy Hierarch John, / For they shine as the sun and grant healing to all who honor them in faith. / Entreat Christ God to deliver his people from captivity, / O wise Wonderworker, heavenly man and earthly angel, / That together with them we may hymn and glorify the Triune God.