Feb 8: Postfeast of the Presentation. Great Martyr Theodore the General; Holy Prophet Zechariah

Great Martyr St. Theodore the Great

Troparion (8):  The divine image was faithfully preserved in you, O father, for taking up the cross you followed Christ. By your deeds you have taught to see beyond human flesh, which passes, and care for the soul, a thing immortal. And so, O Venerable Theodore, your spirit rejoices with the angels.
Troparion (2): As we celebrate the memory of your propheet Zechariah, O Lord, we beseech You through him: Save our souls!
Holy Prophet Zechariah
Troparion (1): Hail, Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. From you has shown forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, shining upon those who are in darkness. Rejoice also, you just elder, Simeon, for you received in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,Who has giving us resurrection.
Kontakion (6): O Christ our God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb, and blessed, as was proper, the hands of Simeon. Today, You have come to bring us deliverance. Give peace to nations at war and strengthen our civil authorities, for You alone love mankind.
Kontakion(4): Enlightened by the spirit your pure heart, having seen the distant in the present, became a vessel of brilliant prophecy; and so we honor you, O blessed and glorious prophet Zechariah.
Kontakion (2): Divinely armed with purity of spirit, and mightily wielding the lance of unceasing prayers, you over came the powers of demons, O Venerable Theodore, pray without ceasing for us all.

1 Peter 1:1-10

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us tob his own glory and excellence,  by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.  For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.  Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall;

Mark 13:1-8

And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”  And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down.”
And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,  “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?”  And Jesus began to say to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.  Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.  And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the sufferings.

The Life of Theodore, from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.