St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 9/27-10/4


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Saturday, Sept. 26, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Sept. 27, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7am Divine Liturgy

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

Thursday, October 1, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 3, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, October 4, 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.

Parish Council meets 10/4

Birthdays:  Nicholas Daron (9/26) Will Oprisko (9/28) Emily Wilson (10/3)

Luke 5:1-11 (Gospel)

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (Epistle)

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)

By Your Cross You destroyed death.

To the thief You opened Paradise.

For the Myrrhbearers You changed weeping into joy.

And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God,

to proclaim that You are risen,//

granting the world great mercy.

Tone 3 Troparion (Martyr Callistratus)

In contest you were strengthened by the Holy Spirit, O Martyr Callistratus,

and were glorious in casting down the Enemy.

You offered a noble army of athletes

as sweet-smelling incense to Christ.//

With them pray for us who praise you with hymns!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,

for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers.

Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry:

“The Savior has come to those in faith;//

enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Tone 4 Kontakion (Martyr Callistratus)

Like stars you have shone upon the world,

shedding the light of your contests and miracles upon all who cry to you:

“Rejoice, Martyr Callistratus and fellow company of martyrs!”