St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 8/21-8/29


Saturday, August 21, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 22, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 1:30pm Wedding of Wes and Liz

Wednesday, August 25, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, August 26, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, August 28, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 29, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Church School will be begin  September 12.

Confession Sign Up is online at this link or on bulletin board.

Birthdays: Emeric Myers (8/21) Luka Fowler, Liam Guise, Rachel Hassler (8/26)

Anniversaries: Dn. Mike, Dna. Tina (8/25)

Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One!

You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!//

O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

Tone 1 Troparion (Dormition)

In giving birth you preserved your virginity.

In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.

You were translated to life O Mother of Life,//

and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death.

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Agathonicus)

Your holy martyr Agathonicus and his companions, 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 intercession, save our souls!

Tone 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)

By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.

Eve exults in Your Resurrection,//

and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

Tone 1 Kontakion (St. Agathonicus)

Having received the good calling, O divinely wise one,

you abandoned the cult of evil men, not fearing their tortures, O glorious Agathonicus.

Therefore, you have inherited good things//

and worthily received the incorruptible crown with your fellow martyrs.

Tone 2 Kontakion (Dormition)

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos,

who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.

For being the Mother of Life,//

she was translated to life by the One Who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Tone 8 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

Pray and make your vows / before the Lord, our God! (Ps. 75:10a)

V. In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel. (Ps. 75:1)

Tone 3 Prokeimenon (Song of the Theotokos)

My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Lk. 1:46-47)

1 Corinthians 3:9-17 (Epistle)

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Tone 8

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our

Savior! (Ps. 94:1)

V. Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! (Ps. 94:2)

Tone 8

V. Arise, O Lord, into Your rest, You and the Ark of Your sanctification! (Ps. 131:8)

Matthew 14:22-34 (Gospel)

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

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

The Angels, as they looked upon the Dormition of the Virgin,

were struck with wonder,

seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven.

The limits of nature are overcome in you, O Pure Virgin:

for birthgiving remains virginal, and life is united to death;

a virgin after childbearing and alive after death,

you ever save your inheritance, O Theotokos.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

Verse: I will receive the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the Lord. (Ps. 115:4)

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

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.