St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 10/31-11/8

SERVICES AND EVENTS

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Services are live streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFt6PFvVgueKO-R9ZajFCLQ and https://www.facebook.com/watch/701587893273620/

Saturday, Oct. 31, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, Nov. 1, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7am Divine Liturgy 6pm Akathist Theotokos Softener of Evil Hearts

Thursday, Nov. 5, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, Nov. 7, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, November 8, 10am Divine Liturgy (9:40am Hours)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 (weather permitting)

Birthdays: Presvytera Maria (11/4)

Luke 8:26-39 (Gospel)

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Galatians 2:16-20 (Epistle)

knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

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 8 Troparion (Unmercenaries)

Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cosmas and Damian, heal our

infirmities.//

Freely you have received; freely you give to us.

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 (Unmercenaries)

Having received the grace of healing,

you grant healing to those in need.

Glorious wonder-workers and healers, Cosmas and Damian,

visit us and put down the insolence of our enemies,//

and bring healing to the world through your miracles!