St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 8/28-9/5


Saturday, August 28, 6:30pm Vespers

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

Tuesday, August 31, 6:30pm Vespers for Church New Year

Wednesday, September 1, 10am Divine Liturgy for Church New Year

Saturday, September 4, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, September 5, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Church School will be begin  September 12. Littles/Middles will meet at 9:30am each Sunday. Teenage “Why?” class will meet 2nd and 4th Sundays at around noon after Liturgy.

Patristic Pints/Coffee with the Fathers Returns! In September we plan to restart the book study/discussion - we will be going through the book “Hearken My Beloved” by St. Sophrony. Printouts will be available for the sections we go through - or it can be purchased here:

Geoff and Kriss Whiteman Visit on September 12. The Whitemans, who have visited our parish before, are Missionary Care Coordinators for OCMC. They will give a very brief presentation about their work after Liturgy, and then will be available for any who want to meet, learn more, and converse at 2pm. The Whitemans are trained in marriage and family therapy and intercultural studies.

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

Birthdays: Patrick Daron, Debra Wolf (8/30)

Names Days: Aidan Guise (8/31 St. Aidan of Lindisfarne)

Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,

while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body,

You rose on the third day, O Savior,

granting life to the world.

The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life:

“Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!

Glory to Your Kingdom!//

Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Tone 2 Troparion (Forerunner)

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise,

but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner.

Thou wast shown in truth to be the most honorable of the Prophets,

for thou wast deemed worthy to baptize in the streams of the Jordan Him Whom they foretold.

Therefore, having suffered for the truth with joy,

thou didst proclaim to those in hell God Who appeared in the flesh,

Who takes away the sin of the world,//

and grants us great mercy.

Tone 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory,

raising the world with Yourself.

Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.

Adam exults, O Master!

Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You://

“You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

Tone 5 Kontakion (Forerunner)

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner

became an act of divine dispensation,

for he preached to those in hell the coming of the Savior.

Let Herodias lament, for she entreated lawless murder,

loving not the Law of God, nor eternal life,//

but that which is false and temporal.

Tone 1 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us /as we have set our hope on You! (Ps. 32:22)

V. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Tone 7 Prokeimenon (Forerunner)

The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord / and shall hope in Him. (Ps. 63:11a)

1 Corinthians 4:9-16 (Epistle)

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

Acts 13:25-33 (Epistle, Forerunner)

And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’ Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we declare to you glad tidings – that promise which was made to the fathers. God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’

Tone 1

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

V. God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps. 17:48)

V. He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps. 17:51)

Tone 4

V. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in

Lebanon. (Ps. 91:11)  

Matthew 17:14-23 (Gospel)

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

Mark 6:14-30 (Gospel, Forerunner)

Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” Others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.” But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!” Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb. Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.

Communion Hymn

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

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance! He shall not fear evil

tidings! (Ps. 111:6)

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.