Troparia and kontakia for December 31

Leavetaking of the Nativity of our Lord

Troparion — Tone 4

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! / for by it, those who worshipped the stars, / were taught by a Star to adore You, / the Sun of Righteousness, / and to know You, the Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, / and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! / Angels with shepherds glorify Him! / The wise men journey with a star! / Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

Venerable Melania the Younger of Rome

Troparion — Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother, / 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 your spirit, O holy Mother Melania, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion — Tone 3

As a two-fold lamp you illumine the Church of Christ / with truly mystical radiance. / You brought forth a hundred-fold fruit through your contest, O Anysia; / and you shone forth in asceticism, O Melania. / You were both found worthy of the incorruptible life of the righteous.

Venerable Cyriacus of Bisericani, Romania

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 Cyriacus, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Venerable Cyriacus of Tazlau, Romania

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 Cyriacus, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Venerable Sabiana, Abbess of the Samtskhe Monastery

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 mother Sabiana, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!

Saint Dositheus the Confessor, Bishop of Serbia

Troparion — Tone 8

O champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, / enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs. / All-wise father Dositheus, you have enlightened all by your teachings. / Interceed with Christ God to save our souls.