St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 8/8-8/15


Saturday, August 7, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 8, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, August 10, 6:30pm Paraklesis

Wednesday, August 11, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, August 12, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, August 14, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 15, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Flowers for Dormition: If you’d like to donate flowers to decorate the icon for Dormition, please let Emily Wilson know. Dormition is also the feast for the blessing of herbs and flowers from our gardens, so if you’d like to have them blessed, please bring in a vase or jar for Liturgy on Sunday and place around the icon of the Theotokos.

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

Birthdays: Marty Guise (8/10)

Anniversaries: Rodney and Elisha McCulloh (8/9)

Name’s Days: Marty Guise (8/9 St. Herman of Alaska)Liam Guise (8/14 Prophet Micah)

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 7 Troparion (Feast)

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,

revealing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they could bear it.

Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,

through the prayers of the Theotokos!//

O Giver of Light, glory to You!

Tone 3 Troparion (St. Emilian)

In confessing the Faith, you proclaimed Orthodox doctrine

and were unjustly exiled for rebuking the wicked king.

Righteous and glorious Emilian,

the boast of Cyzicus,//

entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.

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. Emilian)

The Church for which you suffered

glorifies you in hymns, O Emilian;

you were a valiant champion of the Trinity,

therefore we honor your memory.//

Deliver your servants from all assaults of the Enemy!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Feast)

On the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God,

and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it;

so that when they would behold You crucified,

they would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,

and would proclaim to the world//

that You are truly the Radiance of the Father.

Tone 6 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance! (Ps. 27:9a)

V. To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps. 27:1a)

Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Feast)

O Lord, how manifold are Your works; / in wisdom have You made them all.

(Ps. 103:26)

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 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God. (Ps. 90:1)

V. He will say to the Lord: “My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in Whom I trust.”(Ps. 90:2)

Tone 8

V. The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours! (Ps. 88:11a)

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.

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

Tone 4

Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who was transfigured on Mount Tabor!

Your childbearing was without corruption;

God came forth from your body clothed in flesh,

and appeared on earth and dwelt among men.//

Therefore we all magnify you, O Theotokos.

Communion Hymn

First time: Praise the Lord from the Heavens! Praise Him in the Highest!

Verse: O Lord, we will walk in the light of Your countenance, and will exult in Your Name forever. (Ps. 88:15)

Praise the Lord from the Heavens! Praise Him in the Highest! 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.