St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 3/13-3/20

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, March 13, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, March 14, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 6:30pm Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, March 15, 6:30pm Great Canon of St. Andrew

Tuesday , March 16, 6:30pm Great Canon of St. Andrew

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30pm Presanctified Liturgy

Thursday, March 18, 6:30pm Great Canon of St. Andrew

Friday, March 19, 7am Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, March 20, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, March 21, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Outdoor Fellowship Hour Sunday after Liturgy, weather permitting. Coffee will be provided, bring your own snack.

Lenten Book Study Every Monday beginning on March 22nd, 7-8pm there will be a Book Study via Zoom. The book is “Toolkit For Spiritual Growth” by Fr. Evan Armitas.

Birthdays: Kristin Boruff (3/18)

Names Days: Cody Boruff (3/17 St. Alexios Man of God), Patrick Daron, Wesley Vickery (3/17 St. Patrick of Ireland)

Matthew 6:14-21 (Gospel)

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Romans 13:11-14:4 (Epistle)

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

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 6 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)

O Master, Teacher of wisdom,

Bestower of virtue,

Who teach the thoughtless and protect the poor,

strengthen and enlighten my heart!

O Word of the Father,

let me not restrain my mouth from crying to You:

“Have mercy on me, a transgressor,//

O merciful Lord!”

PRE-COMMUNION PRAYER

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that you are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that this is truly your own most pure Body, and that this is truly your own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray you: have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed in knowledge or in ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of your most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins and unto life everlasting. Amen. Of Your mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant, for I will not speak of your Mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give you a kiss, but like the thief will I confess you: Remember me, O Lord, in your kingdom. May the communion of your holy Mysteries be neither to my judgement nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.