Troparia and kontakia for January 4

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.”

Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles

Troparion — Tone 3

Holy apostles of the Seventy, / entreat the merciful God / to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion — Tone 2

O faithful, let us praise with hymns / the choir of the seventy disciples of Christ. / They have taught us all to worship the undivided Trinity, / for they are divine lamps of the Faith.

Apostle Achaicus of the Seventy

Troparion — Tone 3

Holy apostle Achaicus of the Seventy; / entreat the merciful God / to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion — Tone 4

The Church ever sees you as a shining star, O apostle Achaicus, / Your miracles have manifested great enlightenment. / Therefore we cry out to Christ: / “Save those who with faith honor Your apostle, O Most Merciful One.”

Saint Nikephoros the Leper

Troparion — Tone 1

All the angels were astonished by the struggles and and strict asceticism of the Venerable Nikephoros the Leper; / for like another Job, patiently enduring his pain, he glorified God, / Who has crowned him now with glory, distinguishing him through miracles. / Rejoice, instructor of monastics. / Rejoice, beacon of light. / Rejoice, for a delightful fragrance pours forth from your relics.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Podoben: O Victorious Leader
The valiant athlete of endurance and fortitude, / the steadfast diamond of patience and long-suffering was tried by affliction and sickness, / and in this way he glorified the Most High God, let us extol Nikephoros the Leper, / saying unto him: Rejoice, O namesake of victory.

Venerable Euthymius and twelve other Monks, martyred at Vatopedi

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Euthymius, O Lord, / Through his sufferings 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!