St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 5/8-5/16

SERVICES AND EVENTS

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Saturday, May 8, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, May 9, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, May 13, 7am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, May 15, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, May 16, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parish Council Meets May 16

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

Birthdays: Bill Combs (5/7)

John 20:19-31 (Gospel)

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Acts 5:12-20 (Epistle)

And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

LITURGICAL NOTES

Beginning of Liturgy

Priest: “Blessed is the Kingdom…”

Choir: “Amen.”

Priest: “Christ is risen… “ (2 ½ times)

Choir: “and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”

(The Divine Liturgy is begun in this manner until the Leavetaking of Pascha.)

Tone 7 Troparion (Pentecostarion)

From the sealed tomb, You shone forth, O Life!

Through closed doors You came to Your Disciples, O Christ God.

Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit,//

by the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

Tone 8 Kontakion (Pentecostarion)

Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God,

when You came to Your Apostles through closed doors.//

He cried out with all: “You are my Lord and my God!”

Tone 3 Prokeimenon (from the Pentecostarion)

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power, / His understanding is beyond

measure. (Ps. 146:5)

V. Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God! (Ps. 146:1)

Tone 8

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our

Savior! (Ps. 94:1)

V. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King over all the earth. (Ps. 94:3)


(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing:)

The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace:

“Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say: Rejoice,

your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!

With Himself He has raised all the dead.”

Rejoice, O ye people!

Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!

The glory of the Lord has shone on you.

Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!

Be radiant, O pure Theotokos,

in the Resurrection of your Son!

Communion Hymn


DISMISSAL

Priest: “O God, save Your people… “

Choir: “Christ is risen from the dead… “ (sung once, instead of “We have seen the True Light…)

Priest: “Always, now and ever…”

Choir: “Let our mouths be filled…”

At the Dismissal, the Priest says: “Glory to You, O Christ…” and the choir sings “Christ is risen from the dead…” (thrice).

And unto us He has given eternal life.

Let us worship His Resurrection on the third day!





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.