Troparia and kontakia for December 7

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

Troparion — Tone 4

In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, / an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; / your humility exalted you; / your poverty enriched you. / Hierarch Father Ambrose, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 3

You shone forth with divine doctrine eclipsing the deception of Arius, / shepherd and initiate of the mysteries, Ambrose. / You worked miracles through the power of the Spirit, / healing various passions; / righteous father, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Venerable Anthony, Abbot of Siya, Novgorod

Troparion — Tone 1

You renounced the world in favor of the spirit, / Seeking the one God with your whole heart, O Anthony. / You retreated to a far wilderness, near waters, / In tears and labors living the angelic life. / You gathered a multitude of monks in your wisdom. / Visit them and cease not to implore the Holy Trinity / To deliver us from evil / And to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 8

From your youth you exhausted your flesh by fasting and prayer, / And taking up your cross, you followed Christ. / Having joyfully completed your journey to heaven, / You stand with the saints before the Holy Trinity. / Now visit your flock and remember those who honor you, / That all the faithful may cry out in thanksgiving: / Rejoice, O wise and righteous Anthony, guide of desert-dwellers!

Venerable Nilus of Stolbensk Lake

Troparion — Tone 4

You appeared as a bright light on the island of Lake Seliger. / From your youth you took Christ’s cross on your shoulder. / You followed him zealously, O Father Nilus, / And by your purity you approached the divine likeness. / You were enriched with the gift of miracles; / And now we run to your relics compunctionately crying: / Entreat Christ our God that he may save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 8

Leaving your fatherland you made your wilderness dwelling on the island of Lake Seliger. / Living in hardship and amazing men by your virtues, / You received Christ’s gift of working wonders. / Remember us who honor your holy memory, / That we may cry to you: Rejoice, O Father Nilus!

Saint Philothea of Thrace, Protectress of Romania

Troparion — Tone 8

The blessed Philothea cries out to her Lord with great love, / offering to Him the martyrdom which she endured for Him. / She was buried with Him in Baptism that she might rise with Him, / so, by her sufferings, she died that she might live in Him. / Having given the pure oblation of her life to Christ, now she reigns with Him in glory. / By her prayers, O Christ God, in Thy mercy, save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 8

O blessed Philothea, from your youth you offered yourself, / because of your great virtue, as a pure and spotless sacrifice unto God, Who truly knew you before your birth. / You were an adornment of virgins and of the inhabitants of the Bridal Chamber, worthy of praise. / Therefore, we cry to you: Hail, ever-memorable virgin.

Holy Martyrs killed by the Arians

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!