The Witness (March 5th – 13th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, March 5, 6:30pm 
Vespers
Sunday, March 6, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 6:30pm Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, March 7, 6:30pm Great Canon
Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm Great Canon
Wednesday, March 9, 6:15pm Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 
Thursday, March 10, 6:30pm Great Canon
Friday, March 11, 10am Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday, March 12, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, March 13, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Confession Sign Up 
is online https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board. Lenten Meal Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/msrzxff9
Parish Council meets on March 6
Save the Date 
Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be speaking at St. Stephens on the theme “Thinking Orthodox” on June 11. More info to come.

Tone 4Troparion (Resurrection)
When the women disciples of the Lord
learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse
and elatedly told the apostles:
“Death is overthrown!
Christ God is risen,//
granting the world great mercy!”

Tone 1Troparion (Holy 40 Martyrs)
Through the sufferings which Your holy Forty Martyrs endured for

Your sake, O Lord,
we beseech You, O Lover of ^mankind:// “Heal all of our infirmities!”

Tone 6Kontakion (Holy 40 Martyrs)
You have abandoned all earthly armies,
cleaving to the heavenly Master, O Forty Martyrs of the Lord. Having passed through fire and water, O blessed ones,// you have fittingly received heavenly glory and many crowns.

Tone 6Kontakion (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!”

Tone 8Prokeimenon (from the Lenten Triodion) 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).

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 6

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!\
V. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High. (Ps. 91:1) V. To declare Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth by night. (Ps. 91:2a)

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.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just. (Ps. 32:1) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!