Troparia and kontakia for July 16

Hieromartyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples

Troparion — Tone 2

Most blessed and wise Bishop and Martyr Athenogenes, / you grew as a palm tree in the Monastic life; / towering as a cedar in your struggles, / through your teachings you brought a number of martyrs to Christ. / We honor them together with you.

Troparion — Tone 4

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, / you became a successor to their throne. / Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; / by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, / even to the shedding of your blood. / Hieromartyr Athenogenes, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Following the Master’s teachings, / as a shepherd you laid down your life for the flock of Christ. / Therefore, we praise you and your ten disciples, who under your guidance and in the fear of God suffered with you. / With His life-creating right hand / the Lord has granted you a crown. / Pray to Him for us all, Hieromartyr Athenogenes.