St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 6/6-6/14

SERVICES AND EVENTS

*All services are currently limited to 10 people, must be signed up for ahead of time at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cJmR5P9Zo5UwH1x5IgFeKgBR2hR5qBJOQoQgRzrjIYA/edit?usp=sharing)

Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/701587893273620/

Saturday, June 6, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 7, 10am Divine Liturgy for Pentecost followed by Kneeling Prayers (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Saturday, June 13, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 14, 10am Divine Liturgy (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Additional Liturgies offered on Monday 10am, Tuesday 7am, Wednesday 10am, Thursday, 6:30pm

Please check the sign up sheet above for availability of spaces.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parish Council meets Sunday June 7.

Prayers for Healing and Protection in the Time of Coronavirus Fr. Joel is offering morning prayers (Moleben in Time of Epidemic) a Scripture reading and Reflection Monday through Friday at 9am (note new time) at the Facebook Live Stream.

Pams Promise Appeal Below is a list of items needed by Pam’s Promise. Fr. Joel will do a pick up on Sunday afternoon shortly following Liturgy. Please just let him know if you have items to donate, place items on your porch or somewhere else easy to pick up and he will get them and take them to Pam's Promise.

Birthdays: June Wilson (6/6) Amos Wilson (6/8) Cillian Wilson (6/9)

The items needed for Pam’s Promise are:

- groceries (some are currently unable to work)

- spray bottles

- bleach

- first aid kits

- hand lotion

- gloves

- toilet paper

- paper towels

- any cleaning supplies

- grocery/gift cards


John 7:37-52, 8:12 (Gospel)

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Acts 2:1-11 (Epistle)

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

The First Antiphon

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. (Ps. 18/19:1)

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. (Ps 18/19:2)

(Refrain)

Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe. (Ps 18/19:4) (Refrain)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. (Refrain)


The Second Antiphon

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob protect you! (Ps.19/20:1)

Refrain: O Gracious Comforter, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

May He send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!

(Ps 19/20:2) (Refrain)

May He remember all your offerings, and fulfill all your plans! (Ps 19/20:3) (Refrain)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(“Only-begotten Son and immortal Word of God… “)

The Third Antiphon

In Your strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and exults greatly in Your salvation.

(Ps. 20/21:1)

Tone 8 Troparion

Blessed are You, O Christ our God,

You have revealed the fishermen as most wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them You drew the world into Your net.//

O Lover of Man, glory to You!

You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.  (Ps 20/21:2)

Troparion of the Feast

For You meet him with goodly blessings; You set a crown of fine gold upon his head.  (Ps 20/21:3)

Troparion of the Feast

Entrance Verse

Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your power!

(Ps 20/21:13)

Tone 8 Troparion

Blessed are You, O Christ our God,

You have revealed the fishermen as most wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them You drew the world into Your net.//

O Lover of Man, glory to You!

Tone 8 Kontakion

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues,

He divided the nations;

but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity.//

Therefore, with one voice we glorify the All-holy Spirit.

(Instead of the Trisagion, we sing:)

As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.

Tone 8 Prokeimenon

Their proclamation hath gone out into all the earth, / and their words to the

ends of the universe! (Ps 18/19:4)

v: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.   (Ps. 18/19:1)

Epistle

Acts 2:1-11

Tone 1

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made; and all their host by the Spirit of His mouth.  (Ps 32/33:6)

v: The Lord looked down from heaven, and saw all the sons of men. (Ps.32/33:13)

Gospel

John 7:37-52; 8:12

(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

Rejoice, O Queen, glory of mothers and virgins!

No tongue, however sweet or fluent, is eloquent enough to praise you worthily.

Every mind is overawed by your childbearing.

Therefore, with one voice, we glorify you.

Communion Hymn

Let Your good Spirit lead me on a level path! (Ps 142/143:10)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!