St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 2/20-28

SERVICES AND EVENTS

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Services are live streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFt6PFvVgueKO-R9ZajFCLQ and https://www.facebook.com/watch/701587893273620/

Saturday, February 20, 6:30pm Vespers

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

Tuesday, February 23, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, February 25, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 27, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, February 28, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

House Blessing Sign Up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b_22uWQj7hPkWdtzMTp1IQCVbC14ibHjKfJV58JmFLo/edit?usp=sharing

Birthdays: Eniene Wilson (2/21)

Luke 18:10-14 (Gospel)

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

2 Timothy 3:10-15 (Epistle)

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse

and elatedly told the apostles:

“Death is overthrown!

Christ God is risen,//

granting the world great mercy!”

Tone 4 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)

Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!

Let us learn humility from the Publican's tears!

Let us cry to our Savior:

“Have mercy on us,//

O only merciful One!”