Icons: Saints

St Anne and the Theotokos, and ever Virgin Mary
Kontakion (Tone 2)
Anna rejoices, released from her barrenness,
and nurses her most pure child.
She calls all people to glorify Him
Who gave the Virgin Mother to mankind from her womb.

St Nicholas the Wonderworker
and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

Troparion – Tone 4
You were revealed to your flock
as a measure of faith,
an were the image of humility and a
teacher of self-control;
Becuase of your humble life,
Heaven was opened to you.
O holy Bishop Nicholas, we cry out to you,
entreat Christ our God
that our souls may be saved.

St. Mary Magdalene
By keeping His commandments and laws,
holy Mary Magdalene,
you followed Christ, Who for our sake
was born of the Virgin,
and in celebrating your most holy memory today,
we receive forgiveness of sins by your prayers.

St Tikhon the Patriarch of Moscow,
and Enlightener of North America

Troparion – Tone 1
Let us praise Tikhon,
the Patriarch of all Russia,
And enlightener of North America
An ardent follower of the Apostolic traditions,
And good pastor of the Church of Christ.
Who was elected by divine providence,
And laid down his life for his sheep.
Let us sing to him with faith and hope,
And ask for his hierarchical intercessions:
Keep the church in Russia in tranquility,
And the church in North America in peace.
Gather her scattered children into one flock,
Bring to repentance those
who have renounced the True Faith,
Preserve our lands from civil strife,
And entreat God’s peace for all people!

St John the Forerunner
The memory of the righteous is celebrated
with hymns of praise,
but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for you,
O Forerunner.
You were shown in truth
to be the most honorable of the Prophets,
for you were deemed worthy to baptize
in the steams of the Jordan Him
Whom they foretold.
Therefore, having suffered for the truth with joy,
you proclaimed to those in hell God
Who appeared in the flesh,
Who takes away the sin of the world
and grants us great mercy.

St. Emilia
Tone 8:
That which was created in the image of God
Was preserved in you,
O Mother; For taking up the cross
you followed after Christ.
By your deeds you have taught us
to reject the flesh, for it passes away,
But to care for the soul as a thing immortal.
Therefore, O venerable Emilia,
your soul rejoices with the angels.

St. Irais
Tone 4:
Your lamb Irais, O Lord, cries out in a loud voice:
“I love you, my Bridegroom;
I see you with painful longing; I am crucified with you;
in your baptism, I am buried with you;
I suffer for you that I may reign with you;
and I die for you that I may live with you.
Receive me as a spotless sacrifice
immolated with love for you.”
By her prayers, O Merciful One, save our souls.

St Michael the Archangel
Troparion – Tone 4
Commanders of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us
beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm,
for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”

St. Prophet Ezekeil and the Dry Bones
Book of Ezekiel 37:1-14
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.