St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 8/30-9/6


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Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, August 29, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 30, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, September 1, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, September 2, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, September 3, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 5, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, September 6, 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.

Parish Council meets Sept. 6.

OCMC Trek 4 Missions! St. Stephens has a team walking, running, biking for OCMC Missions this month! Our team has a total goal of $1000. Follow our progress and donate here:

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

Anniversaries: Dn. Michael and Dna. Tina Wilson (8/25)

Names Days: Rob Saler (8/28 St. Moses the Black) Aidan Guise (8/31 St. Aidan of Lindisfarne) Jazzimae Daron, June Wilson (9/5 St. Elizabeth the Mother of St. John the Baptist)

Matthew 19:16-26 (Gospel)

Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ’Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Epistle)

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!

For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death.

He has become the first born of the dead.

He has delivered us from the depths of hell,

and has granted to the world//

great mercy.

Tone 2 Troparion (Forerunner)

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

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

You were shown in truth to be the most honorable of the Prophets,

for you were deemed worthy to baptize in the steams of the Jordan Him

Whom they foretold.

Therefore, having suffered for the truth with joy,

you proclaimed to those in hell God Who appeared in the flesh,

Who takes away the sin of the world//

and grants us great mercy.

Tone 4 Troparion (SS. Alexander, John, and Paul)

O God of our Fathers,

always act with kindness towards us;

take not Your mercy from us,

but guide our lives in peace//

through the prayers of the Patriarchs Alexander, John, and Paul!

Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)

On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,

leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

with the Prophets and Patriarchs//

they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

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 8 Kontakion (SS. Alexander, John, and Paul)

Set a flame by the love of Christ, O glorious ones,

you took up the yoke of His precious Cross, revealing yourselves as

followers in His footsteps by your way of life,

and you became partakers of His divine glory,

divinely-wise Alexander, with wonderful John and glorious Paul.

As you stand before His throne, earnestly pray for our souls!