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The Witness 8/9-8/16


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Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, August 8, 6:30pm Vespers

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

Tuesday, August 11, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30pm Paraklesis

Thursday, August 13, 10am Divine Liturgy

Friday, August 14, 6:30pm Vesperal Liturgy for Feast of Dormition (Fasting begins at noon for those communing)

Saturday, August 15, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, August 16, 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.

Birthdays: Martin Guise (8/10)

Anniversaries: Rodney and Elisha McCulloh (8/9)

Names Days: Martin Guise (8/9 St. Herman of Alaska) Liam Guise (8/14 Prophet Micah) Eleni Goshorn-Maroney (8/15 Dormition of the Theotokos)

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.

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 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 (“Icon not-made-by-hands”)

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One;

and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God.

Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh

and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the Enemy.

Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to You:

“You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,//

by coming to save the world.”

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 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 2 Kontakion (“Icon not-made-by-hands”)

Uncircumscribed Word of the Father,

as we behold the victorious image of Your true incarnation,

not made by hands, but divinely wrought

in Your ineffable and divine dispensation towards us,//

we honor it with veneration.

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.