St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, August 1, 6:30pm Vespers

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

Tuesday, August 4, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, August 5, 6:30pm Paraklesis

Thursday, August 6, 10am Divine Liturgy (Feast of Transfiguration)

Saturday, August 8, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 9, 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.

Dormition Fast Begins August 1.

Parish Council meets August 2.

Birthdays: Caleb Belt (8/7)

Anniversaries: Fr. Joel and Pres. Maria Weir (8/5)

Matthew 14:14-22 (Gospel)

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (Epistle)

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)

By Thy Cross Thou didst destroy death.

To the thief Thou didst open Paradise.

For the Myrrhbearers Thou didst change weeping into joy,

and Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God,

to proclaim that Thou art risen,//

granting the world great mercy.

Tone 4 Troparion (Protomartyr Stephen)

Thy relics have risen from the depths of the earth,

like a treasury for the immortal life of all creation.

The Church, rejoicing in the grace that she receives from them,

duteously honors thee, O Protomartyr Stephen.//

Preserve us from error and heresy by thy intercession!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,

for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers.

Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry:

“The Savior has come to those in faith;//

enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Tone 6 Kontakion (Protomartyr Stephen)

Thou wast the first to be sown on the earth by the Heavenly Husbandman,

O all-praised one,

and wast the first to shed thy blood on the earth for Christ, O blessed one.

Thou wast the first to receive the crown of victory from Him in heaven,//

O Stephen, first of the suffering God-crowned martyrs.