St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 7/25-8/1


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Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, July 25, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, July 26, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, July 28, 7am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, July 30, 10am Divine Liturgy (Limited Attendance - 10)

Saturday, August 1, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 2, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)


Morning (Third Hour) Prayers offered by Fr. Joel on the livestream Monday-Friday 9am on the Facebook Livestream. A daily scripture reading, reflection, and special petitions are also offered.

Birthdays: 7/29 Ophelia Myers 7/31 Ann Hatfield, Sarah Wolf

Matthew 9:27-35 (Gospel)

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Romans 15:1-7 (Epistle)

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection)

The Angelic Powers were at Your tomb;

the guards became as dead men.

Mary stood by Your grave,

seeking Your most pure body.

You captured hell, not being tempted by it.

You came to the Virgin, granting life.

O Lord, Who rose from the dead,//

glory to You.

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Jacob) (Alaskan Melody)

O righteous Father Jacob,
adornment of Atka and the Yukon Delta;
you offered yourself as a living sacrifice
to bring light to a searching people.
Offspring of Russian America,
flower of brotherly unity,
healer of sickness and terror of demons:
O Holy Father Jacob,//
pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved!  

Tone 6 Kontakion (Resurrection)

When Christ God the Giver of Life,

raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand,

He bestowed resurrection on the human race.//

He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.

Tone 3 Kontakion    (St. Jacob)

O Holy Father Jacob,
teacher of the knowledge of God,
you revealed your love for your people,
taking up your cross and following Christ,
enduring hardships like the Apostle Paul.
Pray on our behalf to Christ our God//
to grant us great mercy!