St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 9/12-20


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Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Sept. 13, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours) 6:30pm Vespers for Exaltation of Cross

Monday, Sept. 14, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Exaltation of the Cross

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, September 17, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 19, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, September 20, 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.

Outdoor Fellowship Hour will begin on Sunday Sept. 13 following Liturgy.

Birthdays: Joshua Boruff (9/19)  

Matthew 22:1-14 (Gospel)

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4 (Epistle)

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand. But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow. For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.

Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word,

co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,

born for our salvation from the Virgin;

for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh,

to endure death,

and to raise the dead//

by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 4 Troparion (Founding)

You have revealed the beauty of the holy dwelling place of Your glory on earth

to be like the splendor of the heavenly firmament, O Lord.

Through the prayers of the Theotokos,

strengthen it for ever and ever

and accept our supplication

which we ceaselessly offer to You therein,//

the life and resurrection of all!

Tone 4 Troparion (Forefeast)

We offer in supplication

the life-creating Cross of Your goodness, O Lord,

which You have granted to us

although we are unworthy.

Through the Theotokos, save all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man!

Tone 5 Kontakion (Resurrection)

You descended into hell, O my Savior,

shattering its gates as Almighty,

resurrecting the dead as Creator,

and destroying the sting of death.

You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man,//

and we cry to You: “O Lord, save us!”