Troparia and kontakia for December 15

Sunday of the Forefathers

Troparion — Tone 2

Through faith You justified the Forefathers, / betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles. / These saints exult in glory, / for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: / She who bore You without seed. / So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Kontakion — Tone 6

You did not worship the graven image, / O thrice-blessed ones, / but armed with the immaterial Essence of God, / you were glorified in a trial by fire. / From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying: / Hasten, O compassionate One! / Speedily come to our aid, / for You are merciful and able to do as You will.

Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Evanthia

Troparion — Tone 5

Adorned with the robe of priest / Stained with the streams of your blood, / O wise and blessed Eleutherius, over-thrower of Satan / You hastened to Christ your Master. / Pray unceasingly for those who faithfully honor your contest!

Kontakion — Tone 2

We all praise and entreat you, O Hieromartyr Eleutherius, / Adornment of priests and encouragement of martyrs: / Free from danger those who lovingly celebrate your memory, / And pray unceasingly for us all!

Venerable Paul of Latros

Troparion — Tone 4

Since you dwell together with the bodiless hosts / and are a companion of all the venerable ones, / we praise you, most glorious Paul, / and we beseech you: / “Always pray for us, so that we may find mercy!”

Kontakion — Tone 8

From your youth, O wise one, you bravely desired that which passes understanding / and you forsook the tumult of the world. / Because of your divine way of life you became a dwelling of the Trinity / and enlighten those who turn to you with faith! / Therefore we cry out to you: “Rejoice, most wealthy Paul!”

St. Stephen the Confessor the Archbishop of Sourozh in the Crimea

Troparion — Tone 4

O solitary dweller with the bodiless hosts, / You took the Cross as your weapon / And stood firm against the iconoclasts, / Who would not honor the icon of Christ our God. / But you cut out all wicked heresies, / Then, having won the martyr’s crown, / You delivered your city, Surozh, from all enemies. / And now we implore you, O Stephen: / Deliver us from temptation and eternal torment!

Kontakion — Tone 3

Strengthened by the power of the Most High God, / You overcame the iconoclasts of the royal house. / Today your relics are the glory of Surozh and joy for the faithful, / And the bodiless hosts bear them triumphantly. / Glorifying you with hymns of praise, O great Hierarch Stephen!