The Witness (March 18th – 27th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Friday, March 18, 7am 
Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday, March 19, 10am Baptism of John and Maria Goshorn-Maroney 6:30pm Reader Vespers
Sunday, March 20, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, March 23, 6:15pm Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 
Friday, March 25, 6:30pm Vesperal Liturgy for Feast of Annunciation
Saturday, March 26, 6:15pm Memorial Prayers 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, March 27, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lenten Vespers 
is Sunday, March 20 5pm at Holy Transfiguration. Fr. Zachariah Trent will be the guest homilist.
Presentation on Holy Land The Combs will be giving a presentation on their trip to the Holy Land on March 23 during the Lenten Meal.
Ukraine Presentation Levi Brinkerhoff, a Montgomery County native who has done ministry in Ukraine for the past decade plus, and who had to flee in the midst of the Russian invasion with his family, will be joining us on March 30, and will share about his experience during the Lenten Meal.
Confession Sign Up is online https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board. Lenten Meal Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/msrzxff9
Soccer League Sign Up (please sign up by March 19): https://tinyurl.com/2p8jettb Save the Date 
Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be speaking at St. Stephens on the theme “Thinking Orthodox” on June 11. More info to come.
Birthdays: Nikki Jones (3/25)
Names Days: Bilen Mulugeta (Theotokos, Annunciation 3/25)

Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection) The Angelic Powers were at Your tomb;
the guards became as dead men.
Mary stood by Your grave,
seeking Your most pure body.
You captured hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life.
O Lord, Who rose from the dead,//
glory to You.

Tone 8 Troparion (St. Gregory Palamas)
O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation,
O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians,
O wonderworking Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace,// always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved!

Tone 8 Kontakion (St. Gregory Palamas)
Holy and divine instrument of wisdom,
joyful trumpet of theology,
together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory.
Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O

Father,//
so that we may sing to you: “Rejoice, preacher of grace!”

Tone 4 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion) Now is the time for action!
Judgment is at the doors!
So let us rise and fast,

offering alms with tears of compunction and crying: “Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; but forgive us, O Master of all,//
so that we may receive the incorruptible crowns!”

Tone 5 Prokeimenon

You, O Lord, shall protect us / and preserve us from this generation forever.
V. Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly! Tone 1 My mouth shall

speak wisdom; / the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. (Ps. 48:3)

Hebrews 7:26-8:2 (Epistle, Saint)

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (Epistle)

And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Tone 6

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God. (Ps. 90:1) V. He will say to the Lord: “My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in Whom I trust.”(Ps. 90:2) Tone 2 V. The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment. (Ps. 36:31)

John 10:9-16 (Gospel, Saint)

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Mark 2:1-12 (Gospel)

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”