Sunday, January 22, 2023
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, January 22, 2023

Tone 7

 32nd Sunday after Pentecost; Apostle Timothy of the Seventy; Monk-Martyr Anastasius the Persian

Apostle Timothy of the Seventy

Commemorated on January 22

(OCAThe Holy Apostle Timothy was from the Lycaonian city of Lystra in Asia Minor. Saint Timothy was converted to Christ in the year 52 by the holy Apostle Paul (June 29). When the Apostles Paul and Barnabas first visited the cities of Lycaonia, Saint Paul healed one crippled from birth. Many of the inhabitants of Lystra then believed in Christ, and among them was the future Saint Timothy, his mother Eunice and grandmother Loida (Lois) (Acts 14:6-12; 2 Tim. 1:5).

The seed of faith, planted in Saint Timothy’s soul by the Apostle Paul, brought forth abundant fruit. He became Saint Paul’s disciple, and later his constant companion and co-worker in the preaching of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul loved Saint Timothy and in his Epistles called him his beloved son, remembering his devotion and fidelity with gratitude.

He wrote to Timothy: “You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, and patience” (2 Tim. 3:10-11). The Apostle Paul appointed Saint Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus, where the saint remained for fifteen years. Finally, when Saint Paul was in prison and awaiting martyrdom, he summoned his faithful friend, Saint Timothy, for a last farewell (2 Tim. 4:9).

Saint Timothy ended his life as a martyr. The pagans of Ephesus celebrated a festival in honor of their idols, and used to carry them through the city, accompanied by impious ceremonies and songs. Saint Timothy, zealous for the glory of God, attempted to halt the procession and reason with the spiritually blind idol-worshipping people, by preaching the true faith in Christ.

The pagans angrily fell upon the holy apostle, they beat him, dragged him along the ground, and finally, they stoned him. Saint Timothy’s martyrdom occurred in the year 93.

In the fourth century the holy relics of Saint Timothy were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles near the tombs of Saint Andrew (November 30) and Saint Luke (October 18). The Church honors Saint Timothy as one of the Apostles of the Seventy.

In Russian practice, the back of a priest’s cross is often inscribed with Saint Paul’s words to Saint Timothy: “Be an example to the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12).

Glory to Jesus Christ!


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We're starting inquirers/catechumen classes starting Saturday, January 28. Classes will meet weekly from 3:30-4:30. Please encourage any interested non-Orthodox friends (or Orthodox friends who've drifted away) to attend.


In Christ,


Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius


Wednesday, January 18

  • 11 AM-3 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 

Thursday, January 19

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

Saturday, January 21

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

Sunday, January 22

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 25

  • 11 AM-3 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 

Thursday, January 26

  • 1:00 PM-5:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions 
  • 5:00 PM: Akathist to the Mother of God, Queen of All

Saturday, January 28

  • 3:30-4:30 PM: Inquirers/Catechumen Class
  • 4:30 PM: Confessions 
  • 5:00 PM: Vespers
  • 6:00 PM: Confessions

Sunday, January 29

  • 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. Timothy)

Having learned goodness and maintaining continence in all things, thou wast arrayed with a good conscience as befits a priest. From the Chosen Vessel thou didst draw ineffable mysteries; thou didst keep the Faith, and didst finish a course equal to his.//Hieromartyr Timothy, entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved!


Tone 4 Troparion (St. Anastasius)

Thy holy martyr Anastasius, O Lord, through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from Thee, our God. For having Thy strength, he laid low his adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//Through his intercession, 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 1 Kontakion (St. Anastasius)

Let us the faithful praise the Holy Apostle Timothy, the companion of Paul in his travels; and, together with him, let us honor the wise Anastasius, who came as a star from ^Persia//for the healing of the passions of our souls and the diseases of our bodies.


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: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Timothy my son, this is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel: Luke 18:35-43

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.



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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