Sunday, November 27, 2022 WEDNESAY AKATHIST (11/23) CANCELED
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, November 27, 2022

Tone 7

24th Sunday after Pentecost (10th of Luke)

Greatmartyr Jacob (James) the Persian


Thank You, O Lord!

Final words

Fr Schmemann

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day 1983.  Two weeks later, on December 13, he fell asleep in the Lord.  As is well known, Father Alexander had devoted his entire life to teaching, writing, and preaching about the Eucharist—the Greek word eucharist means thanksgiving.  At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Father Alexander took from his pocket a short written sermon, in the form of a prayer, which he proceeded to read.  This was uncharacteristic of Father Alexander, since he never wrote his liturgical homilies, but delivered them extemporaneously.  These were his words, which proved to be the last ever spoken by him from the ambo in church, yet which resound as clearly today as they did the day they were spoken.

Thank You, O Lord!

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having united us to one another in serving You and Your Holy Church.

Thank You, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for the sufferings You bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed;” Your eternal Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You.

Thank You, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed.

Thank You, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise.

Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything.

Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.

Lord, it is good to be here! Amen!

Glory to Jesus Christ!


The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church went very last night (11/21). People were very excited that we were able to participate and several people (including Bishop Donald Hying of the Catholic Diocese of Madison) are planning to visit us in the coming weeks.


Because of the UW home game, we will not have Vespers on Saturday. We will have Vespers Tuesday (5pm) for the Apostle Andrew with Divine Liturgy (7am) Wednesday.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Looking forward to see you Sunday!


In Christ,


Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius


Monday, November 21 (Presentation of the Mother of God)

  • 9:00 AM: Divine Liturgy
  • 6:30 PM: Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service (see below for more information and to volunteer)

Wednesday, November 23 

  • 4:00 PM- 6:30 PM: Office Hours
  • 7:00 PM: Akathist of Thanksgiving [canceled]

Saturday, November 26 (UW Home Game)

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

Sunday, November 27

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

Looking Ahead


Tuesday, November 29 

  • 5:00 PM: Great Vespers (Apostle Andrew)

Wednesday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew)

  • 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy
  • 11 AM-1:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions

Thursday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew)

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

Saturday, December 3

  • 3-4:30 PM: Bible Study (The Manger & the Shepherds, Luke 2:1-21)
  • 4:30 PM: Confessions 
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions

Sunday, December 4

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

Hymns After the Small Entrance


Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection) 

By Thy Cross Thou didst destroy death.

To the thief Thou didst open Paradise.

For the Myrrhbearers Thou didst change weeping into joy, and Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that Thou art risen,//granting the world great mercy.


Tone 4 Troparion (St. James) 

Long-suffering James, thou didst astound all

by enduring horrible tortures with great patience.

As the evil assembly performed the slaughter,

thou didst utter prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord.

Through thy sufferings thou didst receive thy crown,

and didst come to the throne of the heavenly King, Christ God.//Entreat Him to save our souls!


Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection) 

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers. Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry: “The Savior has come to those in faith;//enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”


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


Tone 2 Kontakion (St. James)

Thou didst listen to thy faithful wife and didst contemplate the judgment of God, holy James;

thou didst despise the threats and commands of the Persians, accepting the cutting of thy body and though thou wast a vine.//Therefore thou wast revealed as a martyr worthy of honor.


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: Ephesians  2:14-22


Brethren, He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


Gospel: Luke 13:10-17


Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.


But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”


The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.




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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