St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 6/26-7/4


Saturday, June 26, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 27, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 28, 6:30pm Vespers for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Tuesday, June 29, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Wednesday, June 30, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, July 1, 7am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 3, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, July 4, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Parish Council Meets Sunday July 4

Women’s Resource Center Appeal Dianne is heading up our annual appeal for the WRC’s “Baby Bottle” fundraiser. Take a bottle and fill it up with donations or donate through the tithe box with “Womens Resource Center” in the memo line or envelope.

Confession Sign Up is online at this link or on bulletin board.

Name’s Days: Jacob Boruff (6/29 St. Paul the Apostle)

Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One!

You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!//

O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

Tone 4 Troparion (All Saints)

As with fine porphyry and royal purple,

Your Church has been adorned with Your martyrs’ blood shed throughout all the world.

She cries to You, O Christ God:

“Send down Your bounties on Your people,//

grant peace to Your habitation and great mercy to our souls!”

Tone 8 Kontakion (All Saints)

The universe offers You the God-bearing Martyrs

as the first fruits of creation, O Lord and Creator.

By their prayers keep Your Church, Your habitation, in abiding peace//

through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!

Tone 8 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

Pray and make your vows / before the Lord, our God! (Ps. 75:10a)

V. In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel. (Ps. 75:1)

Tone 4 Prokeimenon (All Saints)

God is wonderful in His saints, / the God of Israel. (Ps. 67:35a)

Hebrews 11:33-12:2 (Epistle)

who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Tone 4

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. The righteous cried and the Lord heard them, and delivered them out of all their troubles. (Ps. 33:17)

V. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; the Lord will deliver them out of them all. (Ps. 33:19)

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30 (Gospel)

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first

Communion Hymn

Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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.