Troparia and kontakia for April 24

Great and Holy Wednesday

Troparion — Tone 8

When the glorious disciples were enlightened / At the washing of their feet before the supper, / Then the impious Judas was darkened, ailing with avarice / And to the lawless judges he betrays You, the righteous Judge. / Behold, O lover of money, this man who because of money hanged himself. / Flee from the greedy soul which dared such things against the Master. / O Lord, who is good towards all men, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 2

With his hands the betrayer receives the Bread. / With his hands he secretly receives the silver, / The price of Him who fashioned man with His hands; / So the servant and deceiver Judas remains depraved.

Martyr Sabbas Stratelates “the General” of Rome, and 70 soldiers with him

Troparion — Tone 5

You abandoned earthly rank and honor, / and as an athlete, confessed Christ God before the false and tyrannical emperors. / For His sake, you endured much suffering, O glorious one. / Therefore, splendidly adorned with the armies of heaven, / you have been crowned with a beautiful wreath of victory / by the King who reigns over all. / As you stand before Him, O Sabbas, / pray that He may save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

You were shown to be an invincible athlete, most blessed Sabbas, / overcoming the snares of the barbarians. / You contended with faithfulness, / conquering a multitude of the invisible enemy. / Therefore, you have woven a wreath of victory. / Most glorious one, entreat Christ for those who honor you with faith.

Saint Elizabeth, Wonderworker of Constantinople

Troparion — Tone 8

In you, O Elizabeth, was carefully preserved what is according to the image, / For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. / By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away, / But to care instead for the soul since it is immortal. / Therefore, O blessed Elizabeth, your spirit rejoices with the angels.

Saint Iorest, Metropolitan of Ardeal, Confessor of Romania

Troparion — Tone 8

Confessors of Orthodoxy and good archpastors of the Church of Christ, / you directed the people, O blessed hierarchs and victory-bearers, Saints Iorest and Sava, / you who are worthy of the crown of life, / pray the Lord to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

(Special Melody: Thou hast appeared today)

Most blessed Hierarchs of the Orthodox Faith, / and defenders of the Church of Christ, / protect all Orthodox Christians who always sing: / Rejoice, Holy Hierarchs Iorest and Sava, / wonderful confessors of the Lord.