St. Stephen the Protomartyr
Relics of Protomartyr Stephen, Commemorated August 2
Troparion, Tone 4
Thy relics have risen from the bowels of the earth like a treasury of the immortal life of all creation. The Church, rejoicing in the grace that she receives from them, duteously honours thee, O Protomartyr Stephen. Preserve us from error and heresy by thine intercession.
Kontakion, Tone 8
Thou wast the first to be sown on earth by the heavenly Husbandman; thou wast the first to shed thy blood for Christ, O blessed and famous Stephen. Thou wast the first to be adorned by Him in heaven with the crown of victory, O spearhead of athletes, the martyrs' first-crowned champion.