St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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Saturday, April 3, 6:30pm Vespers (6pm Memorial Prayers)

Sunday, April 4, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, April 7, 6:30pm Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, April 9, 10am Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, April 10, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, April 11, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Parish Council Meets Sunday, Apr. 3

Pascha Music Practice Deacon Michael will be leading a rehearsal of Pascha Music during coffee hour.

Outdoor Fellowship Hour Sunday after Liturgy, weather permitting. Coffee will be provided, bring your own snack.

Lenten Book Study Every Monday during Lent  7-8pm there will be a Book Study via Zoom. The book is “Toolkit For Spiritual Growth” by Fr. Evan Armatas.

Friday Akathist Meg Goshorn-Maroney will be leading the Akathist to the Mother of God at 6pm on Fridays during Lent. All are welcome to attend.

Birthdays: Maura Oprisko (4/4) Jewell Jeffries (4/7) Chavah Boruff (4/10)

Mark 8:34-9:1 (Gospel)

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”

Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (Epistle)

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”;

Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 1 Troparion of the Cross

O Lord, save Your people,

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Cross)

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;

it has been mysteriously quenched by the wood of the Cross.

The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished;

for You, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell://

“Enter again into Paradise!”

Tone 6 Prokeimenon (Cross)

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance! (Ps. 27:9a)

V. To You, O Lord, will I call.  O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps. 27:1a)

Tone 8

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old! (Ps. 73:2)

V. God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth! (Ps. 73:13)

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following in TONE 6)

Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace:

the assembly of angels and the race of men.

O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise,

the glory of virgins,

from whom God was incarnate and became a Child –

our God before the ages.

He made your body into a throne,

and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens.

All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace.

Glory to you!

Communion Hymn

The light of Your countenance has shone on us, O Lord. (Ps. 4:7a)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


I believe, O Lord, and I confess that you are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that this is truly your own most pure Body, and that this is truly your own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray you: have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed in knowledge or in ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of your most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting. Amen. Of Your mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant, for I will not speak of your Mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give you a kiss, but like the thief will I confess you: Remember me, O Lord, in your kingdom. May the communion of your holy Mysteries be neither to my judgement nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.