St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 7/12-7/19

SERVICES AND EVENTS

Public Services are restricted to 25 people. Please sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cJmR5P9Zo5UwH1x5IgFeKgBR2hR5qBJOQoQgRzrjIYA/edit#gid=0  

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

Saturday, July 11, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, July 12, 10am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, July 19, 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fr. Joel on Retreat July 13-20. No weekday services or Morning Prayers livestream this week. Divine Liturgy is scheduled as normal on Sunday.

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: Caleb Wilson (7/12) Oliver Hassler (7/15)

Anniversaries: Caleb and Natalie Wilson (7/12)

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

Matthew 8:28-9:1 (Gospel)

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

Romans 10:1-10 (Epistle)

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”

But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy 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 8 Troparion (Ven. Michael)

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father,

for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.

By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away

but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.//

Therefore your spirit, O holy Father Michael, rejoices with the Angels.

Tone 4 Troparion (Proclus and Hilary)

Your holy martyrs Proclus and Hilary, O Lord,

through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You,

our God.

For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,

and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//

Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer

as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains.

He has shattered the gates of hell,

and as Master,//

He has risen on the third day!

Tone 4 Kontakion (Proclus and Hilary)

Like the morning star,

your glorious sufferings enlighten us with holy miracles.

We celebrate your memory, O Proclus and Hilary;

pray to Christ our God for us//

that He will save our souls!

Tone 2 Kontakion (Ven. Michael)

By your deeds you withered the arrogance of the flesh;

through enlightenment you gave wings to your agility of spirit.

You were revealed as a dwelling place of the Trinity,

Whom you now clearly behold.//

Blessed Michael, unceasingly pray for us all!