Troparia and kontakia for August 18

Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 1

In giving birth you preserved your virginity, / In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, / And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion — Tone 2

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, / Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. / For being the Mother of Life, / She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria

Troparion — Tone 4

Let us praise as is meet, O you faithful, / The most comely, radiant and divinely wise martyrs: / Most blessed Florus and all venerable Laurus, / Who proclaimed to all the uncreated Trinity. / Suffering unto bloodshed, / They were adorned with brilliant crowns. / Entreat Christ our God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Today all the world honors in glory the divinely wise Florus and Laurus, / As pious martyrs who suffered for Christ. / Through their prayers may we receive grace and mercy / And be delivered from calamity and temptation, / And from wrath and sorrow on the Day of Judgment.

Repose of the Venerable John the Abbot of Rila

Troparion — Tone 1

Your life was a foundation of repentance / and a model of compunction, / an image of consolation and spiritual perfection, / equal to the angels, O venerable one. / You persevered in prayer, fasting and tears, O Father John; / intercede with Christ God for our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Imitating the life of the angels and forsaking all earthly things, / you fled to Christ, O venerable one. / Protecting yourself with His commandments, / you were shown to be an unshakable pillar against the attacks of the enemy. / Therefore, we cry to you: “Rejoice, O Father John, most brilliant light!