Troparia and kontakia for February 29

Saturday of Cheesefare Commemoration of all our God-bearing Fathers and Mothers who shone forth in asceticism

Troparion — Tone 8

Only Creator, with wisdom profound, You mercifully order all things, / and give that which is needed to all men: / Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Your servants who have fallen asleep, / for they have placed their trust in You, our Maker and Fashioner, and our God.

Kontakion — Tone 8

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Your servants, / where there is neither sickness nor sorrow, and no more sighing, / but life everlasting.

Venerable John Cassian the Roman

Troparion — Tone 8

Having cleansed yourself through fasting, / You attained the understanding of wisdom, / And from the desert fathers You learned the restraint of the passions. / To this end through your prayers grant our flesh obedience to the spirit. / For you are the teacher, O venerable John Cassian, / Of all who in Christ praise your memory.

Troparion — Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father, / 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, venerable John Cassian, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion — Tone 4

As a venerable monk, / You consecrated your life to God, / And radiant with virtue, O John Cassian, / You shine like the sun with the splendor of your divine teachings, / Illumining ever the hearts of all who honor you. / Entreat Christ earnestly in behalf of those / Who praise you with fervent love.