21st Sunday after Pentecost (6th of Luke)
Ss Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Church Ss Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Church
An Orthodox Christian community on the campus of UW-Madison
1020 Regent St
(Lower Level)
Madison, WI 53715

Weekly Services:

Vespers: 5:00 PM Saturday
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM Sunday

Confessions: before and after Saturday Vespers or by appointment.


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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Tone 4

 21th Sunday after Pentecost (6th of Luke)

Virgin-martyr Anastasia the Roman (256). Ven. Abramius the Recluse and his niece St. Mary. (c. 360). Martyrs Claudius, Asterius, Neon, and Theonilla, of Aegae (285). Ven. Anna (826).


Monastic Martyr Anastasia of Rome

(OCAThe Monastic Martyr Anastasia the Roman lost her parents when she was three years old, and was taken to be raised by the Igoumeness of a women’s monastery, whose name was Sophia, a nun who had attained a high degree of spiritual perfection. She raised Anastasia in fervent faith, in the fear of God, and obedience. After seventeen years, Anastasia became known as a great ascetic, and she was very beautiful.

The Emperor Decius (249-251) began his persecution of Christians at that time. The city administrator, Probus, following the Emperor's orders, commanded that Anastasia be brought to him. Blessed by her Igoumeness to suffer for Christ, the young martyr Anastasia went out to meet the armed soldiers. Seeing her youth and beauty, Probus first tried flattery to make her deny Christ.

“Why do you waste your youth deprived of pleasure?" he asked. "What is to be gained by enduring tortures and death for the Crucified? Worship our gods, marry a handsome husband, and live with glory and honor.”

While Saint Anastasia stood before the ruler, her mind stood before Christ, and with her spiritual eyes, she beheld the comeliness of her Bridegroom.

The Saint replied, “My spouse, my riches, my life, and my happiness are my Lord Jesus Christ, and you cannot turn me away from Him by your deceit!”

Probus had her stripped of her clothing, in order to humiliate her. She told him, "You can have me whipped, beaten, and cut to pieces, and then my nakedness will be hidden by my wounds, and my blood will cover my shame."

Probus subjected Anastasia to horrible tortures. The holy martyr bravely endured all of them, glorifying and praising God. When she became thirsty she asked for some water, and a Christian named Cyril gave her a drink. She thanked him, but Probus had him beheaded.

Then her tormentors cut off her breasts and ripped out her tongue, while an Angel held her upright. When the people witnessed the inhuman and disgusting treatment the Saint received, they became indignant, and Probus was forced to end the tortures by having her beheaded. In this manner, Saint Anastasia received the unfading crown of martyrdom.

Saint Anastasia's body was thrown outside the city limits to be eaten by wild animals, but the Lord did not permit her holy relics to be dishonored. By the instructions of a holy Angel, Igoumeness Sophia found Saint Anastasia’s mutilated body. With the help of two Christians, she buried it in the earth.

Saint Anastasia the Roman should not be confused with Saint Anastasia the Deliverer from Poisons, who is commemorated on December 22.

Glory to Jesus Christ!


Because of this week's home game, Catechumen class and Vespers are canceled this Saturday (10/21).


We'll serve the Akathist to Our Lady, the Queen of All for the sick, NEXT Thursday (11/2) at 5:15 PM. If you have people you'd like to be remembered, please submit their names here


Our Coptic brothers and sisters are having a bake sale on Saturday, November 11 (see below) please come out and support them.


In Christ,


Fr Gregory

Who Doesn't like Baked Goods?

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius


Wednesday, October 25

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 

Thursday, October 16 

  • 1:00-5:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
  • 6:00-8:00 PM: OCF Meeting

Saturday,  October 28 (UW home game)

  • 3:30 PM: Catechumen Class [canceled]
  • 4:30 PM: Confessions [canceled]
  • 5:00 PM: Great Vespers [canceled]
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions [canceled]

Sunday, October 29

  • 9:00 AM: Hours & Precommunion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy

Looking Ahead


Wednesday, November 1

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 

Thursday, November 2

  • 1:00-5:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
  • 5:15 PM: Akathist to Our Lady, Queen of All
  • 6:00-8:00 PM: OCF Meeting

Saturday,  November 4 

  • 3:30 PM: Catechumen Class
  • 4:30 PM: Confessions
  • 5:00 PM: Great Vespers
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions

Sunday, November 5: Daylight Saving Time Begins

  • 9:00 AM: Hours & Precommunion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy

Hymns After the Small Entrance



Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy 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 4 Troparion (Ss Cyril & Methodius)

Divinely-wise Cyril and Methodius, / equals-to-the-apostles and teachers of the Slavs, / entreat the Master of all / to strengthen all nations in Orthodoxy and unity of mind, / to grant peace to the world and to save our souls.


Tone 4 Troparion (St. Anastasia)

Thy lamb Anastasia calls out to Thee, O Jesus, in a loud voice: “I love Thee, my Bridegroom, and in seeking Thee I endure suffering. In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in Thee,

and I died so that I might live with Thee. Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered myself in love.”//Through her prayers save our souls, since Thou art merciful!


Tone 8 Troparion (Ven. Abramius)

The image of God was truly preserved in thee, O Father, for thou didst take up the Cross and follow Christ. By so doing, thou taughtest us to disregard the flesh for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, for it is immortal.//Therefore thy spirit, venerable Abramius, rejoices with the angels.


Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master,//He has risen on the third day!


Tone 3 Kontakion (Ss Cyril & Methodius)

Let us honor the sacred pair, who translated divine scripture / pouring forth a fountain of divine knowledge from which we still draw today. / Now as you stand before the throne of the Most-high / we call you blessed, Cyril and Methodius, / as you fervently pray for our souls.


Tone 3 Kontakion (St. Anastasia)

Purified by the waters of virginity, righteous Anastasia, thou wast crowned by the blood of martyrdom. Thou dost grant healing and salvation to those in need, and who call on thee from their hearts,//for Christ gives thee strength, pouring out on thee ever-flowing grace.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,


Tone 3 Kontakion (Ven. Abramius)

Thou didst live in the flesh on earth as an angel, and through thy ascetic life thou didst become like a tree nourished by the waters of abstinence and didst flourish. Thou hast washed away stains with the streams of thy tears and so thou hast been revealed, O Abramius,//to be a God-like vessel of the Spirit.


Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


Tone 6 Theotokion

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20


Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.


“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Gospel: Luke 8:26-39

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?”

And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.

When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.

Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

By the age of 25, about 60% of those baptized as infants will no longer consider themselves members of the Orthodox Church. A parish on a university campus is an important witness not only to the surrounding community but also to high school age and younger parishioner. Establishing a parish on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison helps remind young people that graduating high school doesn't mean "graduating" from the Church. Please consider joining those who have committed their time, treasure and talent in establishing an Orthodox community on the Isthmus. Help us reach your children and grandchildren with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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