St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 10/24-11/1


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Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Oct. 25, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, Oct. 29, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 31, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, November 1, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)


Morning (Third Hour) Prayers offered by Fr. Joel on the livestream Monday-Friday 9am on the Facebook Livestream. A daily scripture reading, reflection, and special petitions are also offered.

Outdoor Fellowship Hour today following Liturgy (weather permitting)

Parish Council Meets Sunday Oct. 25.

Names Days: Jess Norton (St. Alfred the Great) 10/26, Gabe Wilson (Archangel Gabriel) 10/31, Catriona Wilson 10/31,

Luke 16:19-31 (Gospel)

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

Galatians 1:11-19 (Epistle)

But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.

And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,

to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!

For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death.

He has become the first born of the dead.

He has delivered us from the depths of hell,

and has granted to the world//

great mercy.

Tone 3 Troparion (Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius)

In holy zeal you dispelled the error of Arius

and proclaimed the Trinity, one in essence.

Holy martyrs Marcian and Martyrius,

unshaken bulwarks of Orthodoxy,

entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy!

Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)

On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,

leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

with the Prophets and Patriarchs//

they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Tone 4 Kontakion (Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius)

From your youth you were good athletes, wise Marcian and Martyrius,

vanquishing the Arian heretics;

you kept the faith perfect by following in the footsteps of

your bishop and teacher Paul,

therefore, you are worthy to be with him in eternal life, //as respected defenders of the Holy Trinity.