St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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NO PUBLIC SERVICES JUNE 20-27.  

Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/701587893273620/

Saturday, June 27, 6:30pm Vespers (Livestream only)

Sunday, June 28, 10am Typica Service and Molieben (Time of Contagion/Pandemic) (Livestream only)

Saturday, July 4, 6:30pm Vespers (Livestream only)

Sunday, July 5 **Service To Be Announced**

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Due to Coronavirus concerns public services are canceled through July 4. Determination of re-opening on July 5 yet to be determined.

Prayers for Healing and Protection in the Time of Coronavirus Fr. Joel is offering morning prayers (Moleben in Time of Epidemic) a Scripture reading and Reflection Monday through Friday at 9am (note new time) at the Facebook Live Stream.

Technology Grant St. Stephens has received a Technology Grant from the Lilly Foundation. With the Grant money we will be installing a camera and microphones to be able to better livestream and provide viewing/listening in side room during services/events.

Pams Promise Appeal Below is a list of items needed by Pam’s Promise. Fr. Joel will do a pick up on Sunday afternoon shortly following Liturgy. Please just let him know if you have items to donate, place items on your porch or somewhere else easy to pick up and he will get them and take them to Pam's Promise.

Names Days: Jacob Boruff, Scott Daron (6/29 Apostle Paul)

The items needed for Pam’s Promise are:

- groceries (some are currently unable to work)

- spray bottles

- bleach

- first aid kits

- hand lotion

- gloves

- toilet paper

- paper towels

- any cleaning supplies

- grocery/gift cards

Matthew 6:22-33 (Gospel)

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Romans 5:1-10 (Epistle)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 5 Troparion (Cyrus and John)

You have given us the miracles of Your martyrs, Cyrus and John,

as an invincible rampart, O Christ God;

through their prayers, frustrate the plans of the heathens,

and strengthen the faith of the Orthodox Christians,//

for You alone are good and the lover of man.

Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb!

The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You,//

and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.

Tone 3 Kontakion (Cyrus and John)

Having received the gift of miracles through divine grace, O saints,

you work wonders in the world unceasingly.

You remove all of our passions through your invisible surgery,

divinely-wise Cyrus and glorious John,//

for you are truly divine physicians.

Tone 2 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

The Lord is my strength and my song; / He has become my salvation. (Ps 117/118:4)

v: The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.

(Ps 117/118:18)

Epistle

Romans 5:1-10

Tone 2

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! (Ps  19/20:1)

v: Save the King, O Lord, and hear us on the day we call!  (Ps 19/20:9)

Gospel Matthew 6:22-33