St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 10/4-10/11


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Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Oct. 4, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, October 8, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 10, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, October 11, 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.

Parish Council meets 10/4

Luke 6:31-36 (Gospel)

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (Epistle)

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One!

You accepted the three day burial

to free us from our sufferings!//

O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

Tone 1 Troparion (Hieromartyr Hierotheus)

We the faithful all praise Hierótheus, the disciple of Paul,

Hierarch of ^Athens,

the world’s teacher and a preacher of the Faith,

who revealed to us Christ’s Mysteries

and poured forth streams of godly ^doctrine.//

His life was well-pleasing to God, Who is greatly merciful.

Tone 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)

By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.

Eve exults in Your Resurrection,//

and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

Tone 8 Kontakion (Hieromartyr Hierotheus)

Hierarch of Athens, we praise you for you have instructed us in

awesome and ineffable things,

and you were revealed to be a divinely-inspired writer of hymns.

Pray that we be delivered from every kind of sin, so that we may

cry to you://Rejoice, divinely-wise Father Hierotheus!