Sunday, August 14, 2022
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.

Click above to send names of those to be commemorated at Liturgy.

September 4, 2022

12th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 3


Hieromartyr Babylas, Bishop of Antioch

Holy Prophet and God-seer Moses

Church New Year

Commemorated on September 1

(OCA) The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1.

According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue on September 1 to announce His mission to mankind (Luke 4:16-22). Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2, the Savior proclaimed, “The spirit of the Lord is upon Me; because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord...” This scene is depicted in a Vatican manuscript (Vatican, Biblioteca. Cod. Gr. 1613, p.1).

Tradition says that the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in September.

Glory to Jesus Christ!


This Thursday, September 1, is both the beginning of the Church year (The Indiction) and signals our shift to the New Calendar. To celebrate both, we will have Vespers, Wednesday (8/31) at 5:00 PM and Divine Liturgy, Thursday (9/1) at 7:00 AM.


This Sunday after Liturgy, Fr Christopher & I will offer a brief prayer and blessing for all students, teachers, and parents for the new school year.


Finally, toward the top of the bulletin, you may have noticed this graphic:



Clicking on it here or above will take you to an online form to submit names to be remembered at Liturgy. ll the members of the parish are remembered every week but please take a moment every week to ask Fr Christopher and me to pray for those in need.


In Christ,


+Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius


Wednesday, August 31

  • 3:00-5:00 PM: Office Hours [canceled]
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers

Thursday, September 1 (Church New Year)

  • 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 3

  • 4:00 PM: Confessions
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers 
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions

Sunday, September 4

  • 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy
  • 10:45 AM: Blessing for the New School Year

Looking Ahead


Wednesday, September 7

  • 3:00-5:00 PM: Office Hours
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers

Thursday, September 8 (Nativity of the Mother of God)

  • 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 3

  • 4:00 PM: Confessions
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers 
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions

Sunday, September 4

  • 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy

Hymns After the Small Entrance


Troparion Tone 3 (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.


Troparion Tone 4

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.  


Troparion Tone 4  (St. Babylas)

By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,thou didst become a successor to their throne. Through the practice of virtue, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; by teaching the word of truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith, even to the shedding of thy blood.//O Hieromartyr Babýlas, entreat Christ God to save our souls!


Troparion Tone 2 (Prophet Moses)

Thou didst ascend to the heights of the virtues, O Prophet Moses; therefore, thou wast deemed worthy to see the glory of God. Having received the grace-filled tablets of the Law, and bearing the grace of the writing within thyself, Thou wast the honorable praise of prophets,//and a great mystery of piety.


Kontakion Tone 3 (Resurrection)

On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the Prophets and Patriarchs//they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power.


Kontakion Tone 4 (St. Babylas)

Thou didst guard the mighty works of faith in thy heart, therefore, thou didst not fear the tyrant;//preserve us as well, Hieromartyr Babýlas, good servant of Christ!


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


Kontakion Tone 2 (Prophet Moses)

The choir of prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron today, for the fulfillment of their prophecy is in our midst: the Cross, by which Thou hast saved us, shines forth today.//By their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!


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


Theotokion Tone 6

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, / O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, / but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; / hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, // thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honour thee.


Sunday Readings

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11


Brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.


For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.


For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26


Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”


So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”


He said to Him, “Which ones?”


Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”


The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”


Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”


But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.


Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”


When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”


But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”



Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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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