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Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon - Other days - November to February

These are short poetic hymns that present the theme of the day. On Sundays, the troparia are hymns praising the Resurrection. There are eight resurrectional troparia corresponding to the eight modes of Greek chant used in our church.

There are also troparia and kondakia for each day of the calendar year. On major feast days. the troparia extol the mystery celebrated on that particular feast. On saint days. the troparia ask the saints to intercede for the people of God.

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November

2 NOVEMBER - Holy Martyrs Akindinos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidephoros, and Anempodistos

TROPARION (TONE 2)
Victorious witnesses of the Lord, blessed is the the earth that received your blood and holy are the heavenly places that opened to your souls. You have vanquished the enemy in battle and proclaimed Christ with courage. We beg You to intercede with Him who is all good, that He may save our souls.

KONTAKION (TONE 1)
Christ's soldiers were on earth like stars revolving around the Sun of Glory: they dispelled the darkness of the passions and generously poured out upon all men an abundance of grace, granting an assurance of salvation to those who call upon them with faith.

3 NOVEMBER - ST GEORGE THE WONDERWORKER
TROPARION (TONE 2)
O great among the saints and glorious George, since you are a deliverer of captives and a defender of the poor, a physician of the sick and a noble attendant to kings, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

8 NOVEMBER - SYNAXIS OF THE ARCHANGELS MICHAEL AND GABRIEL AND OF ALL THE HEAVENLY POWERS

TROPARION (TONE 4)
Captains and Leaders of the armies of heaven, unworthy as we are, we beseech you without cease to surround us with your intercessions and cover us beneath the shelter of the glory of your ethereal wings. We bend our knees and cry out with perseverance, "Deliver us from danger, O Princes of the Powers on high!"

Exapostilarion of the Holy Archangel Michael
Radiantly reflecting the illuminations of the great brightness of the Trinity, O Archangel, you pass like lightning across the whole creation, fulfilling the divine commands, and guarding, preserving and protecting those who joyfully sing your praises.

9 NOVEMBER - Holy Martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios; Venerable Mother Matrona

TROPARION - Holy Martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios (Tone 4)
O Lord our God, your Holy Martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios, have deserved the crown of immortality on account of their good fight. Armed with your strength, they have vanquished their persecutors and crushed Satan's dreadful might. Through their supplications, O Christ God, save our souls!

KONTAKION - Holy Martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios (Tone 2)
The two glorious martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios, enlightened by the grace of the Holy Trinity, have completed their struggle with perfect courage and destr oyed their enemy's pride. Together with the holy angels, they now intercede constantly with Christ God for the sake of us all.

TROPARION - Venerable Mother Matrona (Tone 8)
In you, Venerable Mother Matrona, the faithful image of God shone forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away, and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.

KONTAKION - Venerable Mother Matrona (Tone 2)
Venerable Matrona, you spent all your strength in fasting and abstinence and devoted yourself to prayer. You have served the Lord generously, and for Him you have left every- thing, spending your life in devotion.

13 NOVEMBER - ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
TROPARION (TONE 8)
The grace that shines forth from your mouth like a torch has enlightened the whole universe, bestowed treasures of generosity upon the world, and shown us the eminence of humility. While you teach us by your words, Father John Chrysostom, pray to the Word, Christ our God, that He may save our souls.

16 NOVEMBER - Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist

Troparion (Tone 3)
O Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist, intercede with God all-merciful that He may grant us the remission of our sins.

Kontakion (TONE 4)
When you renounced the intruments of a tax-collector to choose those of justice, you became an excellent merchant, rich in divine wisdom. You preached the word of truth, and by your vivid description of the Last Judgment, exhorted us to be always ready.

17 NOVEMBER - Our Father among the Saints Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neo-Ceasarea

TROPARION (TONE 8)
You became worthy of your name through your way of life, through assiduous prayers and constant works of mercy. Wherefore, Holy Father Gregory, intercede with Christ God that He may enlighten our minds, lest we go to sleep in sin, whtich leads to death.

KONTAKION (TONE 2)
You received the power to perform miracles and frightened demons by working wonders and healing the sick. Wherefore, Gregory most wise, your deeds earned you the name of Wonderworker.

21 NOVEMBER - ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE

KONTAKION (TONE 4)
The most pure Temple of the Savior, his most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of God's glory, enters today into the House of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the Divine Spirit. Wherefore the angels of God are singing, "Behold the heavenly tabernacle!"

TROPARION (TONE 4)
Today is the prelude of the benevolence of God, and the announcement of the salvation of men. In the Temple of God the Virgin is seen openly, foretelling to all the coming of Christ. Wherefore let us cry to her in a loud voice, "Hail! O fulfillment of the Creator's plan!"

TROPARION (TONE 8)
The most pure Temple of our Holy Savior, and the most precious and bright bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of the glory of God, openly appears today in the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the Most Holy Spirit. Wherefore the angels of God are singing: "This is the heavenly Tabernacle."

Hirmos (TONE 1)
All human generations bless you, O Mother of God. The laws of nature were overcome in you, O Pure Virgin: for your birth-giving left you a virgin, and your death became the herald of your life. O you who remained virgin after giving birth, and alive after having died, O Mother of God, deign always to save your inheritance.

23 NOVEMBER - Holy Fathers Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentium and Amphilochios, Bishop of Iconnium

TROPARION (Tone 4)
O God of our Fathers who always deal with us according to your everlasting compassion: do not withdraw your mercy from us, but through the prayers of our Fathers Gregory and Amphilochios, guide our lives along the ways of peace.

KONTAKION - Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentium (Tone 4)
The Church shines with the splendor of the Holy Spirit upon those who celebrate your joyful passage into eternal life, O most blessed Father Gregory!

KONTAKION - Holy Father Amphilochios, Bishop of Iconnium (Tone 1)
Since you are highly placed among the elect, God has chosen you by special grace to be an admirable shepherd for the salvation of many. Indeed, Amphilochios, you proved yourself an outstanding Pontiff and a leader of Christians who dispelled heresies through your piety and devotion.

25 NOVEMBER - Holy Great-Martyr of Christ and most wise Catherine of Alexandria
Troparion (TONE 8)
O Jesus, your Lamb Catherine cries out to You with great love: "O my Bridegroom, I long for you in great pain, I am crucified with You, and in baptism I am buried with You. I sufffer for your sake in order to reign with You, I die for You in order to live in You. Accept me as an immaculate victim, since I am immolated for your love." Through her intercession, O Merciful One, save our souls!"

30 NOVEMBER - HOLY AND ILLUSTRIOUS APOSTLE ANDREW, THE FIRST-CALLED APOSTLE

TROPARION (TONE 4)
Andrew, first-called of the Apostles and brother of Peter their leader, intercede with the Master of All that He may grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls.

KONTAKION (TONE 2)
Let us praise for his courage Andrew the Theologian, first Apostle of the Savior and brother of Peter, for just as he drew his brother to Christ, for in the like manner as he drew his brother to Christ, he is crying out to us, "Come, for we have found the One whom the world desires!"

December

1 DECEMBER - HOLY PROPHET NAHUM
TROPARION (TONE 2)
We celebrate today the memory of your Prophet Nahum, and we implore You, O Lord, to save our souls through his intercession.

2 DECEMBER - HOLY PROPHET HABAKKUK
KONTAKION (TONE 4)
Habakkuk divinely inspired, in a vision you beheld the apostles of Christ like mighty stallions rushing towards the ocean and drowning errors by the teaching of faith. Wherefore we honor you as a true prophet, imploring you to intercede for us and to obtain God's mercy for us.

4 DECEMBER - HOLY GREAT-MARTYR BARBARA
TROPARION (TONE 8)
Let us praise the most honorable Barbara: She thwarted the enemy's power, and through the might and the strength of the Cross, She was made free in her flight to God.

6 DECEMBER - Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker
TROPARION (TONE 4)

O Father and pontiff Nicholas, the holiness of your life was set before your flock as a rule of faith, an example of meekness and a teaching of temperance: wherefore you acquired greatness through humility and spiritual wealth through poverty. Pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

9 DECEMBER MATERNITY OF ANNE

TROPARION (TONE4)
Today the bonds of barrenness are loosed: God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anne, and has promised against all hope the birth of the Maiden of God; from whom the Infinite Himself is to be born as a man, He who had ordered the Angel to cry out to her, "Hail! O full of grace, the Lord is with you!"

KONTAKION (TONE 4)
Today the universe rejoices, for Anne has conceived the Mother of God in a manner provided by God Himself: for Anne has borne the one who will bear the Word in a manner beyond all telling.

January

1 JANUARY - Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia
TROPARION (TONE 1)
Your teaching has spread over the whole world, for it has accepted your words that gave a divine explanation of doctrine. You have made clear the nature of things and set a rule of life for men. Holy Father and Kingly Priest, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

5 JANUARY - PARAMONY OF THEOPHANY
TROPARION (TONE 4)
David the Prophet clearly announced and wrote that Christ would be revealed, that God would appear and come before His servant to seek baptism. Be filled with joy , Jordan River, and you land, sea, hills, and mountains, and you hearts of men. Be glad today, for a great light is coming upon you.

6 JANUARY - THEOPHANY

KONTAKION (TONE 4)
Today You have appeared to the world, O Lord, and your light has shone upon us. Realizing who You are, we sing to You a hymn of praise. O Inaccessible Light, You have come and revealed yourself to us!

TROPARION (TONE 1)
At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was revealed, for the Father's voice bore witness to You by calling You His beloved son, and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. O Christ God, who have appeared to us and enlightened the world, Glory to You!

7 JANUARY - THEOPHANY
TROPARION (TONE 2)
The memory of the just is mentioned with praise. As for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's witness is enough; indeed, you were greater than the prophets since you were found worthy to baptize in the waters the One they could but announce. You have fought for the sake of truth and proclaimed to those in Hades tht Gos who appeared in the flesh has taken away the sins of the world and bestowed his great mercy upon us.

17 JANUARY - HOLY AND GOD-BEARING FATHER ANTHONY THE GREAT
TROPARION (TONE 4)
Father Anthony, you equaled Elias in his zeal and followed John the Baptist in his holy way of life. You peopled the wilderness and established the world on the firm foundation of your prayers. Intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

18 JANUARY - Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria and Our Holy Father Kyrollos, Archbishop of Alexandria
TROPARION (TONE 7)
O Archbishops remarkable for your piety and devotion, heroic contenders for the Church of Christ, protect all those who beg of you, "O Merciful Ones, through your intercession save those who honor you with fervor!'

25 JANUARY - Our Father among the Saints Gregory THE THEOLOGIAN
TROPARION (TONE 1)
The sweet melody of your theological teaching has overcome the noisy blasts of orators, for God has granted you the power of penetrating spiritual depths and the gift of brilliant literary talent. Gregory our father, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

30 JANUARY - THE THREE HOLY HIERARCHS
TROPARION (TONE 1)
Let us all come together to honor with hymn and song the three great satellites of the Holy Trinity, the Sun, enlightening the universe with the beams of their divine doctrine, flowing with honey-like rivers of wisdonm, refreshing deserts with streams of God-knowledge: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, the famous preacher. Let us sing in hymns our love for their teachings, for they constantly intercede for us before the Holy Trinity.

February

2 FEBRUARY - HOLY HYPAPANTY AND PURIFICATION OF THE THEOTOKOS

TROPARION (TONE 1)
Hail, O woman full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God, from you has arisen the Son of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness. You, too, just Elder Simeon, rejoice, for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, our Resurrection.

KONTAKION (TONE 1)
O Christ our God, who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have blessed the arms of Simeon, You have come today to save us. When wars prevail, keep your people in peace and strengthen our public authorities in every good deed, for you alone are the Lover of Mankind.

8 FEBRUARY - HOLY GREAT-MARTYR THEODORE
KONTAKION (TONE 2)
0 Theodore, pride of martyrs, you put on the armor of faith and took the Word of God as a spear to vanquish the enemy. In the company of the martyrs, do not cease to intercede with Christ God on behalf of us all.

12 FEBRUARY - Meletios, Archbishop of Antioch
TROPARION (TONE 4)
O Father and Pontiff Meletius, the holiness of your life was set before your flock as a rule of faith, an example of meekness and a teaching of temperance; wherefore you acquired greatness through humility and spiritual wealth through poverty. Pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

24 FEBRUARY - 1ST and 2ND FINDINGS OF THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

TROPARION (TONE 4)
The head of the Forerunner arose from the earth like a star, sending out rays of healing and immortality. In heaven, it gathers together the choirs of angels, while on earth it assembles the human race in a single voice to sing the glory of Christ God.

KONTAKION (TONE 2)
O Prophet of God and Forerunner of Grace, within the earth we have discovered your head, a rose of great holiness whence healing always comes to us. As you did of old, now also do you preach repentance to the world.

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More Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

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Troparia for Individual Parishes Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States
Resurrectional Troparia with music Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States
Primer for Melkite Worship and Ritual Please click on Kondakia and click on Troparia. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States. Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee, WI) Melkite Sunday Bulletin.


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