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TROPARION of the EXALTATION of the Holy CROSS

LORD OUR GOD, your Holy Martyrs EUSTATHIUS and THEOPISTA, AGAPIUS and THEOPISTA 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 OF EUSTATHIUS

O Holy Eustathius, you were an imitator of Christ in his passion; you drank of his cup with courage and became a sharer pf his glory: wherefore the God of us all granted you a divine power to work wonders.

TROPARION of the honorable and glorious Prophet, the Forerunner JOHN THE BAPTIST

Joy to you, O barren one unable to give birth! Behold, you conceive today the one who is really a Torch of the Sun, who will enlighten the whole that suffered from blindness. Rejoice, O Zachary, and cry out in all confidence: “Thee One who will be born is a Prophet of the Most High!”

KONTAKION of the honorable and glorious Prophet, the Forerunner JOHN THE BAPTIST

Zachary rejoices greatly with his wife Elizabeth, for she conceived John the Forerunner whom the angel announced in gladness. As for us, we honor him in witness of this blessing.

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