The Witness (February 26th – March 6th)

Saturday, February 26, 6pm 
Vespers followed by Art Night
Sunday, February 27, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, March 5, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, March 6, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 6:30pm Forgiveness Vespers

Meatfare Sunday 
is on February 27th. Fasting from meat begins on Monday, February 28. Cheesfare Sunday is on March 6. Fasting from dairy begins at Forgiveness Vespers that evening.
Art Night is on February 26th following early Vespers (6pm)
Confession Sign Up is online or on bulletin board. House Blessing Sign Up (More Dates Available!) and on bulletin board.
Lenten Meal Sign Up:
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.
Birthdays: Tanaya Hitt (2/28) Sdn. Joseph Goshorn-Maroney (3/2)
Anniversaries: Nick and Tanaya Hitt (2/21)
Names Days: Chad Hassler (3/2 St. Chad of Lichfield)

Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection) Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world//
great mercy.

Tone 1 Troparion (St. Raphael)
Your proclamation has gone out through North America, calling the scattered sheep into the unity of the Church. Hearing your voice, they respond to your teaching,
and through your writings you instructed them in piety. Now guided by your example, O Father Raphael,
we sing hymns of praise to Christ our God:
“Glory to Him Who gave you strength!
Glory to Him Who granted you a ^crown!//

Glory to Him Who, through you, grants healing to all!”

Tone 8 Kontakion (St. Raphael)
You were a guardian and a defender of the Church’s teaching,
you protected your flock from false doctrines and confirmed them in the true

O holy Father Raphael, son of Syria and glory of North America,// always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved!

Tone 1 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)
When You, O God, shall come to earth with glory,
all things shall tremble,
and the river of fire shall flow before Your judgment seat;
the books shall be opened, and the hidden things disclosed;
then deliver me from the unquenchable fire,//
and make me worthy to stand at Your right hand, O Righteous Judge!

Tone 3 Prokeimenon (from the Lenten Triodion)
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 1 My mouth shall speak wisdom; / the meditation of my heart shall

be understanding. (Ps. 48:3)

Hebrews 13:17-21 (Epistle, St. Raphael)

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 (Epistle)

But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work

in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord

Tone 8

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our
(Ps. 94:1) V. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise. (Ps. 94:2) 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, St. Raphael)

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.

Matthew 25:31-46 (Gospel)

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Communion Hymn Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1) The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance! He shall not fear evil tidings! (Ps. 111:6)