St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 11/20-29


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

Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Nov. 22, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis

Sunday, November 29, 10am Typica


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 12:16-21 (Gospel)

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Ephesians 2:14-22 (Epistle)

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)

By Your Cross You destroyed death.

To the thief You opened Paradise.

For the Myrrhbearers You changed weeping into joy.

And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God,

to proclaim that You are risen,//

granting the world great mercy.

Tone 4 Troparion (Feast)

Today is the prelude of the good will of God,

of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.

The Virgin appears in the Temple of God,

in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.

Let us rejoice and sing to her:

“Rejoice, O Fulfillment//

of the Creator’s dispensation!“

Tone 3 Troparion (Apostles)

Holy Apostles Philemon, Archipus, Apphia, and Onesimus,

entreat the ^merciful God//

to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,

for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers.

Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry:

“The Savior has come to those in faith;//

enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Tone 2 Kontakion (Apostles)

Let us praise the Apostles of Christ,

who illumine the ends of the earth like all-radiant stars:

glorious Philemon and dedicated Archippus,

Onesimus, together with Mark and Apollos, and the all-wise Apphia.

Let us cry to them://

“Unceasingly pray for us all!”

Tone 4 Kontakion (Feast)

The most pure Temple of the Savior;

the precious Chamber and Virgin;

the sacred Treasure of the glory of God,

is presented today to the house of the Lord.

She brings with her the grace of the Spirit,

therefore, the angels of God praise her://“Truly this woman is the abode of Heaven!”