Troparia and kontakia for December 18

Martyr Sebastian at Rome, and his companions

Troparion — Tone 1

O Sebastian, spurning the assemblies of the wicked, / you gathered the wise martyrs / who with you cast down the enemy; / and standing worthily before the throne of God, / you gladden those who cry to you: / Glory to him who has strengthened you! / Glory to him who has granted you a crown! / Glory to him who through you works healing for all!

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyrs, O Lord, / through their suffering have received incorruptible crowns 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!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Excelling in godly zeal, / you gathered a band of martyrs from which you shone as a star. / The arrows that wounded your body, O Sebastian, / pierced the hearts of the enemy. / Therefore Christ has glorified you!

Venerable Sebastian, Abbot of Pshekhonye Monastery, Vologda

Troparion — Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Sebastian, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Righteous Simeon, Wonderworker of Verkhoturye

Troparion — Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Simeon, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Saint Modestus, Archbishop of Jerusalem

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 Modestus, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.

Saint Florus, Bishop of Amisus

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 Florus, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.

Saint Michael the Confessor at Constantinople

Troparion — Tone 8

Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, / the enlightener of the universe and the adornment of hierarchs: / all-wise father Michael, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things. / Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.

New Hieromartyr Archbishop Thaddeus of Tver

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 Thaddeus, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Venerable Daniel the Hesychast

Troparion — Tone 8

By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Daniel, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!