Welcome to the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr!
The week following Bright Week (Antipascha or St. Thomas Week) Fr. Daniel will be attending the Exponential Church Leaders Conference here in Orlando. There will be no Wednesday evening Vespers and the Wednesday and Thursday bible Studies will be canceled until the week of April 30th. Our choir director is on vacation this week so we will only serve Vespers on Saturday instead of the whole Vigil.
We have a number of classes and opportunities to learn and grow in your Christian faith at St. Stephens which will continue after the end of April.
Such as the Prayer and Care Bible Study. This group was started by request because of the needs of our parish and meets every other Thursday morning at 10 AM. Prayer and Care Bible Study be resuming its prayers and study, everyone is invited to attend.
In May we will also be resuming our Daily Vespers and “The Way” education program starting at 6:30pm every Wednesday evening. This a good program to bring people to who are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith and is also a wonderful place to for current Orthodox adults to learn more about the rich teachings of the church.
There is also still to time to get involved in the online study of Unseen Warfare edited and revised by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and Theophan the Recluse. We are doing the study at Goodreads.com. Unseen Warfare is available in the church bookstore, the parish library, and online at the St. Nicholas Cathedral website. Please join us on this study..
From Fr. Daniel’s weekly email with additional information and comments added.
Throughout the Paschal season we sing Psalm 118:24, "This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"
On Great and Holy Saturday we had the joy receiving by the Mystery of Baptism six new members into the Church. Following thier Baptism they were anointed with Holy Chrism and processed around the baptismal font.
Theme: Barren Fig Tree
Gospel: “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.” (Mt. 21:19)
Hymn: “Behold, the bridegroom comes in the middle of the night and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching, and unworthy the servant whom he shall find heedless. Take care then, O my soul, and be not weighed down by sleep that you will not be given over unto death and be excluded from the Kingdom. But rise up and call out: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou O God, by the Theotokos have mercy on us.”
Message: Do not be like the Fig Tree that failed to produce fruit, but bear fruit (faith and good works) unto salvation.
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