Sunday, November 6, 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.

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November 6, 2022

21st Sunday after Pentecost (7th Luke);

Tone 4


St. Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople


A Letter to An Inquirer:

Not Scripture but Tradition


Scripture Tells Us Follow Tradition. Turning now to the Orthodox understanding of Scripture, let’s begin with the Gospel of St Luke:

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught (1:1-4, NIV).

Later, in Acts of the Apostles, we read

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit”  (1:1-5).

It’s important to note that in both of these passages, St Luke argues that what he is writing isn’t just true and accurate but a refutation of alternative histories about what Jesus said and did.

What makes his Gospel the standard is he is recording faithfully what was handed down to him by eyewitnesses to the events he records. St Luke, in other words, isn’t himself an eyewitness. The original word in Greek translated as “handed down” is paradidómi or to deliver verbally or an “oral teaching” or oral tradition.

So what St Luke is writing down in his Gospel and in Acts is the oral tradition he received from those who were witnesses.

Moreover, he doesn’t simply record what he has been told; he investigates what people have told him to determine if it is true. Only then does he offer what he calls “an orderly account.”

Orthodox Understanding of Tradition. Following the example of St Luke, the Orthodox Church understand the Bible as a witness to a wider, older, and oral Tradition (paradidómi) that comes from Jesus Himself inspired by the Holy Spirit, and through the Apostles who, like Matthias, have been with the Apostles “the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22).

And like St Luke and the Apostles, if we are to “know the certainty of the things [we] have been taught” we need to know not only the Apostolic tradition but also how the other teachings about Jesus and the Gospel deviate from this tradition. This is why St Paul tells the Thessalonians “stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

Oral Tradition. Here again, we hear that the Gospel isn’t limited to what we find in the Bible (“by letter”) but is also contained in the living Tradition (paradosis) of the Church (“by word of mouth”). By tradition (paradosis) here St Paul doesn’t mean mere history in the modern sense but the teaching of the Apostles together with the life of the Church. Or as he tells St Timothy:

…if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).

It isn’t then enough to know the bare facts of the Gospel; we must also know how to live (conduct) as members of God’s household (the church). For St Paul, is it the Church and not the books of the Bible that is the “pillar and foundation of the truth.”

None of this is a surprise if we’ve read carefully the events on the first Pentecost:

With many other words [St Peter] warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

These new Christians don’t turn to the Scriptures for instruction and how could they, the New Testament at least had not yet been written! Instead, they committed (“devoted”) themselves to the oral instruction of the apostles (“the apostles’ teaching”), gathering together with the church (“to fellowship”), the celebration of the Eucharist (the Last Supper or “the breaking of bread”) and the formal, daily worship of the Temple   (“to prayer” or “saying of the prayers” in other translations).

Scripture Alone Not Enough. All this is to say that the Orthodox Church holds that to understand the Gospel you need Scripture but not Scripture alone isn’t sufficient. You also must hold to Tradition (paradosis) which includes not only the written Bible but the teachings handed down from generation to generation. We find this teaching reflected in the daily prayers of the Church and, above all, the Eucharist.

In Christ,

Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius


Wednesday, November 2

  • 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM: Office Hours

Thursday, November 3

  • 1:00-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 
  • 6:00 PM: Akathist: Our Lady Queen of All (submit name here) & OCF meeting

Saturday, November 5 (UW Home Game)

  • 4:00 PM: Confessions [canceled]
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers [canceled]
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions [canceled]

Sunday, November 6

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

Looking Ahead


Wednesday, November 9

  • 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM: Office Hours

Thursday, November 10

  • 1:00-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 
  • 6:00 PM: OCF

Saturday, November 12 (Set clocks back 1 hour)

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

Sunday, November 13

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!


All the parishes in the diocese have been asked to celebrate the Akathist to Our Lady Queen of All the first Thursday of every month. We will do so this  Thursday (11/3) at 6pm. If you people you would like to be prayed for please submit them here.


Because of the UW Home Game, we won't have Vespers this coming Saturday (11/4).


Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday!


In Christ,


+Fr Gregory

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)

In that ye share the ways of the apostles, * O divinely wise Cyril and Methodius, * ye teachers of the Slavic lands, * entreat the Master of all, * that He confirm all the Slavic nations * in Orthodoxy and oneness of mind, ** and granting peace to the world, may our souls be saved


Tone 3 Troparion (St. Paul)

For confessing the divine faith, among her priests, the Church has shown thee to be another Paul. Abel cries out to the Lord together with thee, as does the righteous blood of Zachariah.//Venerable Father, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.


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.


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


Tone 2 Kontakion (St. Paul)

Paul, thou hast shone on the earth like a star of heavenly splendor; now thou dost enlighten the universal Church for which thou didst suffer, for thou didst lay down thy life,//and thy blood cries out to the Lord like that of Zachariah and Abel.


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.



Sunday Readings

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20


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 8:41-56


And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.


But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.


And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”


When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”


But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.


And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”


While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”


But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.


But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.




Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!


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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