St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 12/5-13

St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

The Witness


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Saturday, December 5, 6:30pm Vespers (Feast of St. Nicholas)

Sunday, December 6, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours) Feast of St. Nicholas

Tuesday, December 8, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 9, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 10, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, December 12, 6:30pm Vespers (Feast of St. Nicholas)

Sunday, December 13, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours) Feast of St. Nicholas


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.

Parish Council meets Sunday December 6.

Birthdays: Nicholas Daron (12/6 St. Nicholas)

Luke 17:12-19 (Gospel)

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Ephesians 5:9-19 (Epistle)

(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,

while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body,

You rose on the third day, O Savior,

granting life to the world.

The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life:

“Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!

Glory to Your Kingdom!//

Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Nicholas)

In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,

an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;

your humility exalted you;

your poverty enriched you.

O Hierarch Father Nicholas,

entreat Christ our God//

that our souls may be saved!

Tone 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory,

raising the world with Yourself.

Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.

Adam exults, O Master!

Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You://

“You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

Tone 3 Kontakion (St. Nicholas)

You appeared as a priest in Myra, O Saint Nicholas,

fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, O venerable one;

you laid down your life for your people

and rescued the innocent from death.//

Therefore, you have been blest as a great initiate of the grace of God.