Troparia and kontakia for March 15

2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas

Troparion — Tone 8

O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation, / O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians, / O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, / always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 4

Now is the time for action! / Judgment is at the doors! / So let us rise and fast, / offering alms with tears of compunction and crying: / “Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; / but forgive us, O Master of All, / so that we may receive the incorruptible crowns.”

Kontakion — Tone 8

Holy and divine instrument of wisdom, / joyful trumpet of theology, / together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory. / Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father, / so that we may sing to you: “Rejoice, preacher of grace.”

Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander, at Caesarea in Palestine

Troparion — Tone 4

Your soul aflame with love for Christ, / You gathered a company of illustrious athletes, O glorious Agapius. / With them you excelled in righteous contest, / And together you were beheaded by the sword. / Henceforth always pray for the forgiveness of our sins!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Out of love for Christ / The eight-fold choir of martyrs spurned all earthly things. / As they were beheaded / They cried out together: / O compassionate One, give joy to your servants!