St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 9/6-9/13


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Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, Sept. 5, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Sept. 6, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Monday, Sept. 7, 6:30pm Vespers for Feast of Nativity of Theotokos

Tuesday, September 8, 7am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Nativity of Theotokos

Wednesday, September 9, 6:30pm Canon for Racial Reconciliation

Thursday, September 10, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 12, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, September 13, 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.

Parish Council meets Sept. 6.

OCMC Trek 4 Missions! St. Stephens has a team walking, running, biking for OCMC Missions this month! Our team has a total goal of $1000. Follow our progress and donate here:

Outdoor Fellowship Hour will begin on Sunday Sept. 13 following Liturgy. More info to come.

Birthdays: Doug Wolf (9/10) Natalie Wilson (9/12)

Matthew 21:33-42 (Gospel)

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’

So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

1 Corinthians 16:13-24 (Epistle)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren – you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints – that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand – Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse

and elatedly told the apostles:

“Death is overthrown!

Christ God is risen,//

granting the world great mercy!”

Tone 4 Troparion (Archangel Michael)

O Michael, commander of the heavenly hosts,

we who are unworthy beseech you:

by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,

and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry out to you://

“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!”

Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer

as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains.

He has shattered the gates of hell,

and as Master,//

He has risen on the third day!

Tone 2 Kontakion (Archangel Michael)

O Michael, commander of God’s armies

and minister of the divine glory,

prince of the bodiless angels

and guide of mankind;

ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,//

as the supreme commander of the Bodiless Hosts.