St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 9/19-9/27


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Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Sept. 20, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, September 24, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 25, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, September 26, 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 today following Liturgy.

Birthdays:  Dianne Combs (9/20) Josh Fowler (9/21) Julie McCulloh (9/23)

Matthew 22:35-46 (Gospel)

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

2 Corinthians 4:6-15 (Epistle)

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

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 1 Troparion (Exaltation)

O Lord, save Your people

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

Tone 4 Troparion (Greatmartyr Eustathius)

Your holy martyr Eustáthius and his wife and sons, O Lord,

through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.

For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,

and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//

Through their intercessions, save our souls!

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 2 Kontakion (for Greatmartyr Eustathius)

Having openly imitated the Passion of Christ,

and having eagerly drunk of His cup, O Eustáthius,

you became a partaker and fellow-heir of His glory,//

receiving divine forgiveness from on high from the God of all.

Tone 4 Kontakion

As You were voluntarily raised upon the Cross for our sake,

grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God;

make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power,

granting them victories over their adversaries//

by bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Your weapon of peace!