St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 11/14-22


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Saturday, Nov. 14, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Nov. 15, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, Nov. 20, 10am Divine Liturgy

Friday, Nov. 21, 6:30pm Vespers for Feast of Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple

Saturday, Nov. 21, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, November 22, 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.

Advent Paraklesis will be prayed every Wednesday leading up to Nativity beginning on November 18.

Outdoor Fellowship Hour today following Liturgy (weather permitting)

Luke 10:25-37 (Gospel)

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Ephesians 2:4-10 (Epistle)

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection)

The Angelic Powers were at Your tomb;

the guards became as dead men.

Mary stood by Your grave,

seeking Your most pure body.

You captured hell, not being tempted by it.

You came to the Virgin, granting life.

O Lord, Who rose from the dead,//

glory to You.

Tone 5 Troparion (Martyrs)

O Christ our God, You have granted us the miracles of Your holy martyrs

Gúrias, Samónas, and Abíbus,

as a stronghold and protection.

Through their prayers, strengthen those in authority in ev’ry good deed,//

for You alone are merciful and lovest mankind!

Tone 6 Kontakion (Resurrection)

When Christ God, the Giver of Life,

raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand,

He bestowed resurrection on the human race.//

He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.

Tone 2 Kontakion (Martyrs)

You received grace from on high, O all-praised martyrs,

and you intercede for those in the midst of temptations.

Therefore, O saints, you freed a young woman from bitter death,//

and are indeed the glory of Edessa and the joy of the world.