St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 2/14-2/21

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Saturday, February 13, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, February 14, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, February 16, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, February 18, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 20, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, February 21, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Third Hour Prayers are offered Monday through Friday at 9am on the Facebook Livestream

Parish Council will be installed and meet Sunday, February 14.

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Birthdays: Levi Fowler (2/14)

Luke 19:1-10 (Gospel)

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

1 Timothy 4:9-15 (Epistle)

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

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 1 Troparion (Ven. Auxentius)

O dweller of the wilderness and angel in the body,

you were a wonderworker, O our God-bearing Father Auxentius.

You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer,

healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith.

Glory to Him Who gave you strength!

Glory to Him Who granted you a ^crown!//

Glory to Him Who grants healing to all!

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 2 Kontakion (Ven. Auxentius)

You delighted in abstinence,

restraining the desires of the flesh.

Divinely wise and holy Father Auxentius,

you were revealed to be shining with faith,//

blossoming like a plant in the midst of Paradise.