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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 you want commemorated at Liturgy this Sunday.

July 17 (OS July 4) 2022

5th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 4

St. Andrew, archbishop of Crete (712-726); Ven. Martha, mother of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger (551); Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota (108); Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene (310).
The Fathers on the Healing of the Paralytic

The Scribes in their desire to spread an ill report of Him, against their will made that which was done be more widely known; Christ using their envy to make known the miracle. For this is of His surpassing wisdom to manifest His deeds through His enemies; whence it follows, Behold, some of the Scribes said among themselves, This man blasphemes.

St John Chrysostom Whether or no his sins were forgiven He alone could know who forgave; but whether he could rise and walk, not Only himself but they that looked on could judge of; but the power that heals, whether soul or body, is the same. And as there is a great difference between saying and doing, the outward Sign is given that the Spiritual effect may be proved; But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.

St Jerome

It is a very fearful thing to be seized by death while the sins are yet unforgiven by Christ; for there is no way to the heavenly house for him whose sins have not been forgiven. But when this fear is removed, honor is rendered to God, who by His word has in this way given power to men, of forgiveness of Sins, of resurrection of the body, and of return to Heaven.

St Hilary of Poitier

Glory to Jesus Christ!


Please forgive the second email but migrating our weekly bulletin email to a different service. proved easier than I thought it would be.  Going forward, you'll be able to find the bulletin both in your inbox and on our neglected webpage ( so that visitors and other interested parties can learn more about us. 


Thank you to everyone who responded by donating household goods for Ukrainian refugees here in the Madison area. The need for donations is still there and will only increase especially as more refugees arrive. Please join with both your Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ and the wider Madison/Dane county community in helping those in need. If you have a donation to make, please email me directly.


Our friends at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church have asked if we would participate in an ecumenical service for Thanksgiving Day. The service itself is scheduled for Monday, November 21 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. At this point, there aren't a lot of details but I'll attend the first meeting this coming Monday. July 25 at Bethel Lutheran Church and hopefully learn more about what is being planned. If you might be interested in participating, please contact me directly.


Looking ahead, they'll be Vespers and Divine Liturgy July 27 & 28 for the Feast of St Vladimir  (Basil in Baptism), Equal of the Apostles, and Enlightener of Rus.' Come and celebrate the feast of the Great Prince Vladimir (Volodomor in Ukrainian). As he did in Kyvian Rus we are called to be the apostles and the enlighteners of the Isthmus. You can read more about the saint here.


Finally, right under the icon of the Apostle Communion, you will see instructions on how to add names to the list of those commemorated on Sunday. PLEASE send in the names of those you want Fr Christopher and I to pray for this weekend!


In Christ,


Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius

Wednesday, July 20

  • 11:00 AM-2:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions

Thursday, July 21

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

Saturday, July 23

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

Sunday, July 24

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, July 27

  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers

Thursday, July 28 St Vladimir

  • 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 30

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

Sunday, July 31

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

Hymns After the Small Entrance

Tone 5    Troparion    (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead//by His glorious Resurrection. 
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. 
Tone1     Troparion    (Equal-to-the-Apostles Blessed Great Princess Olga)
Giving your mind the wings of divine understanding, / you soared above visible creation seeking God the Creator of all. / When you had found Him, you received rebirth through baptism. / As one who enjoys the Tree of Life, / you remain eternally incorrupt, ever-glorious Olga.
Tone 5    Kontakion    (Resurrection)
 Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death. Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of man,//and we cry to Thee: “O Lord, save us!”
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Tone 3
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.
Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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: Romans 12:6-14

Brethren, having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.


Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”


And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”


But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.


Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.


Communion Hymn
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

III. The Course of Human Life

Sanctify our souls and bodies, and grant that we may worship you in holiness all the days of our lives

§15 The course of a human life on earth—if it reaches its natural conclusion—begins in the moment of conception in the womb, extends from childhood to adulthood, and culminates at last in the sleep of bodily death. But the stages of human life differ for each soul, and every path that any given person might take, whether chosen or unchosen, leads to possibilities either of sanctity or of spiritual slavery. And in each life the opportunities for ascetic self-denial in service of God’s love, and for the work of transfiguring creation, are unique. The proper end of every life well-lived is that of “seeing God face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12), of theosis: “Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Yet the journey each person takes through life is also beset by temptations, most especially the temptation to follow those paths that lead only to one’s own advantages or aggrandizements rather than to expressions of love for God and solidarity with neighbor. The Church seeks to accompany the Christian soul all along its way in this world, providing not only counsel but also the means of achieving holiness. And, at every stage, the Church proposes diverse models of life in Christ, diverse vocations for Christian living embraced within the one supreme vocation to seek the Kingdom of God and its justice.


§16 The Orthodox Church’s reverence for God’s image, even in the smallest among us, is expressed not only in the baptism of infants, but also in their immediate admission to the Eucharist. There could be no greater sacramental affirmation of Christ’s instruction to his disciples to find the truest model of life in God’s Kingdom in the innocence of children (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14–16, Luke 18:16–17). Christ himself entered the world by way of his mother’s womb, and passed through both infancy and childhood, growing in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52). Every aspect of human life has been sanctified and glorified in having been assumed by the eternal Son of God; but, in becoming subject to the fragility and dependency of infancy and childhood, the Son revealed with a very special emphasis the astonishing magnitude of God’s self-outpouring love in the work of salvation. The innocence of children is, therefore, a thing of extraordinary holiness, a sign of the life of the Kingdom graciously present in our very midst, and must be the object of the Church’s ceaseless concern and diligence. The protection and care of children is the most basic and most essential index of any society’s dedication to the good. As Christ warned us, “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6; cf. Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2). Sins against the innocence of children are sins of an especially loathsome kind. No offense against God is worse than is the sexual abuse of children, and none more intolerable to the conscience of the Church. All members of Christ’s body are charged with the protection of the young against such violation, and there is no situation in which a member of the Church, on learning of any case of the sexual abuse of a child, may fail immediately to report it to the civil authorities and to the local bishop. Moreover, every faithful Christian is no less bound to expose those who would conceal such crimes from public knowledge or shield them from legal punishment. Neither should any priest ever grant absolution to the perpetrator of such a crime until the latter has surrendered himself or herself to criminal prosecution. The Church is called also to strive for the protection of children around the globe who are—even in an era in which childhood mortality and disease are in decline globally—still subject in many places to war, enslavement, destitution, child labor, and (in the special case of young girls) arranged marriages, often as child brides. So long as these conditions persist in any part of the world, the Church cannot rest in its efforts to end them, by appeal to government authorities, by charitable aid, by assistance in systems of adoption, and by advocacy on behalf of these little ones. It is also the Church’s responsibility to work everywhere for the general improvement of childhood conditions in places where there is insufficient access to clean water, good medical care, vaccinations, and other basic necessities. At no time can the Church cease to make clear to all children that they are known and loved by God, or fail to celebrate the exceptional charisms of childhood: spontaneous joy, curiosity, imagination, and trust. Indeed, as Christ taught us, adults should learn to emulate children in these natural gifts: “Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).


For the Life of the World: Toward an Orthodox Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church



Please Help Us, Help College Students

By the age of 25, about 60% of those baptized as infants will no longer consider themselves members of the Orthodox Church. And those who remain? Well, only 1 in 4 will be at Liturgy this Sunday. 

This means that we effectively lose close to 90% of those baptized as infants.

A parish on a university campus is an important witness not only to the surrounding community but also to high school age and younger parishioners. 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 to establish an Orthodox community on the Isthmus. Help us reach your children and grandchildren with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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