Troparia and kontakia for March 22

3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross

Troparion — Tone 4

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, / over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross / preserve Your habitation!

Kontakion — Tone 7

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden; / it has mysteriously been quenched by the wood of the Cross! / The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; / for You, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell: / “Enter again into paradise.”

Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra

Troparion — Tone 3

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit you worthily received the anointing of the priesthood, O Basil. / You offered your martyr’s contest / as a royal sacrifice to the King of the Ages. / Righteous Father, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion — Tone 8

Having run the race in righteousness, / you preserved the faith, O Hieromartyr Basil. / For this you were made worthy of the crown of martyrdom, / and You have become an unshakable pillar of the Church, / confessing the undivided Trinity: the Son, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit. / Entreat Him to deliver those who honor you from distress, / that we may cry to you: Rejoice, O divinely wise Basil!

Kontakion — Tone 3

As a priest of the King of Glory, / you also became a holy warrior by your contest. / You shamed the counsels of the lawless / and received the enjoyment of the heavenly Kingdom, / blessed hieromartyr of Christ, Basil.

Martyr Drosis, daughter of Emperor Trajan

Troparion — Tone 4

Your lamb Drosis, / calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: / “I love You, my Bridegroom, / and in seeking You, I endure suffering. / In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / and I died so that I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / for I have offered myself in love.” / Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Venerable Isaac, Founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople

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

Monastic Martyr Euthymius of Prodromou, Mount Athos

Troparion — Tone 1

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 Euthymius, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion — Tone 2

As a venerable and proven ascetic, as an honorable and renowned martyr, / and as a model of the desert life, O most exalted Euthymius, / we sing hymns of praise to you, / for you have trampled upon serpents.

Martyrs Kalliniki and Basilissa

Troparion — Tone 4

Your lambs Kalliniki and Basilissa call out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: / "I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering. / In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / and I died so that I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / for I have offered myself in love." / Through their prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.