Festal Troparia

Like the resurrectional troparia, festal troparia are sung during Divine Liturgy, before Vespers, and often before meals.

The apprpriate festal troparion replaces the resurrectional troparion for each of the Twelve Great Feasts.

Nativity of the Theotokos

September 8

"You nativity, O Mother of God, heralded joy to the whole universe, for from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God. Taking away the curse, He imparted the Blessings, and by abolishing death, He gave us everlasting life."

Exaltation of the Cross

September 14

"O Lord save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Grant victory to our country over its enemies, and preserve Your community by the power of Your Cross."

Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 21

"Today is the prelude of the benevolence of God and the announcement of the salvation of man. 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!"

Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

December 25

"Your Nativity, O Christ our God, has shed on the world the Light of Wisdom. For by it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star to worship you the Sun of Righteousness, and t know you as the orient that rises from on high. O Lord, Glory to You!"

Theophany of the Lord

January 6

"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 hath appeared to us and enlightened the world, glory to You!"

Encounter of the Lord at the Temple

February 2

"Hail, O Full of Grace, Virgin and Mother of God, from you has arisen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness. You too, O just Elder Simeon, rejoice for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, who grants us resurrection."


March 25

"Today is the beginning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery that was planned from all eternity. The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin and Gabriel announces this grace. Let us join him in crying out to the Mother of God: Hail, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!"

Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

March 25

"O Christ God, when you raised Lazarus from the dead before the time of Your Passion, You confirmed the future resurrection of all. We too, like the children of old, carry before you the symbols of victory, and cried out to you, O Conqueror of Death: Hosanna in the highest, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"

Ascension of the Lord

Forty days after Pascha

"You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through Your blessing they were confirmed in their belief that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world."


Fifty days after Pascha

"Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who have filled the fishermen with wisdom by sending down the Holy Spirit upon them and who through them have caught in Your net the whole world. O Lover of Mankind, Glory to You!"

Transfiguration of our Lord

August 6

"You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, and You showed Your disciples as much of Your glory as they could hold. Let Your eternal light shine also upon us sinners through the prayers of the Mother of God. O Giver of Light, glory to You!"

Dormition of the Theotokos

August 15

"Giving birth, you have preserved your virginity, and in falling asleep, you did not forsake the world, O Mother of God. You have passed to life, being the Mother of Life. Through your intercession, save our souls from death."