Troparia and kontakia for April 17

Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop in Persia, and those with him

Troparion — Tone 4

As an instructor of divinely inspired doctrines / you trained martyrs for contest by your words and deeds. / You suffered with them, holy hierarch Simeon, / crying out to Christ while hastening to Him: / “We are counted as sheep for the slaughter out of love for You, O Savior.”

Kontakion — Tone 4

With your holy band of martyrs / you shone forth from Persia like radiant stars. / With them we praise you, O Simeon.

Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Alexander, Abbot of Svir

Troparion — Tone 4

From your very youth, O divinely wise one, with a spiritual desire, / you settled in the wilderness, wishing only to follow in the footsteps of Christ. / Therefore, the ranks of Angels were astonished, / seeing you struggle in the flesh with the deceit of invisible (enemies). / You conquered a multitude of passions through abstinence, / and you have appeared on earth as one similar to the Angels. / O Venerable Alexander, pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 8

As a bright star, you have shone forth now in the Russian lands, O Father, / having settled in the wilderness, you wished to walk with diligence in the footsteps of Christ; / and taking up His holy yoke1, the revered Cross, on your shoulder, / you mortified the waywardness of the flesh through your ascetic struggles. / Therefore, we pray to you: "Save your flock, which you have gathered, O wise one, / so that we may cry out to you: "Hail, Venerable Father Alexander."

1 Matthew 12:30

Venerable Makarius of Corinth

Troparion — Tone 3

The city of Chios sings divine hymns to Makarios, the Archbishop of Corinth, / for in Heaven he is received by the Hierarchs; and also by the Martyrs, since he trained them for contest; / and by the Ascetics, since he was one of their number. / Through his prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Troparion — Tone 1

O you faithful, let us praise the divine shepherd of Corinth, / whom God’s providence has made the adornment of all Chios; / who shone forth in words, deeds, and prayers, the truly most blessed Makarios, / who received from God the grace to heal every illness, and to cast out unclean spirits. / Glory to the Father Who preordained him; / glory to the Son Who hath exalted him; / glory to the Holy Spirit Who, through him, works healings for all.