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.

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August 14 (OS August 1) 2022


9th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 8

 

Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord (1164) . Holy Seven Maccabees, Martyrs Abimus, Antonius, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusebonus, Alimus, and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia, and their teacher Eleazar (166 B.C.). Celebration of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine (988).

 

Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three “Feasts of the Savior” in August)

Commemorated on August 14/August 1, 2022

 

(OCA) The origin of this Feast is explained in the Greek Horologion of 1897: “Because of the illnesses which occur during the month of August, it was customary at Constantinople to carry the Precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification, and to deliver it from sickness.”

 

On the eve (July 31), the Cross was removed from the imperial treasury and placed it upon the Holy Table of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (which is dedicated to Christ, the Wisdom of God). From August 1 until the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, there was a procession throughout the entire the city, and then the Cross was placed where all the people could venerate it.

 

In the Russian Church this Feast is combined with the remembrance of the Baptism of Rus on August 1, 988. In the “The order of services for the holy, catholic, and apostolic Great Church of the Dormition,” which was compiled in 1627 by order of Patriarch Philaret of Moscow and All Rus, there is a similar explanation of the Feast: "On the day of the Procession of the Precious Cross there is a Cross Procession with the Sanctification of Water, for the enlightenment of the people, in all the towns and places."

 

Knowledge of the day of the actual Baptism of Rus is preserved in the Chronicles of the XVI century: “The Baptism of the Great Prince Vladimir of Kiev and of all Rus took place on August 1.”

 

In the current practice of the Russian Church, the service of the Lesser Sanctification of Water on August 1 takes place either before or after Liturgy. Because of the Blessing of Water, this first Feast of the Savior in August is sometimes called “the Savior of the Water.” Along with the Blessing of Water, there may also be a Blessing of Honey (thus it is also called “the Savior of the Honey),” because on this day, the newly-gathered honey is blessed and tasted.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

 

The Dormition Fast on the Old Calendar starts this Sunday (August 14). It is also the eve of the Fast of the Dormition on the New Calendar and Assumption Greek Orthodox feast day. 

 

We've been invited to celebrate the feast with our brothers and sisters at Assumption:

  • Vespers, Sunday, 6:00 PM
  • Orthos: Monday, 8:30 AM
  • Divine Liturgy, Monday, 9:15 AM.

Please attend if you can.

 

In Christ,

 

Fr Gregory

 

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius

 

Monday, August 8

Wednesday, August 10 [Canceled]

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

Thursday, August 11 [Canceled]

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

Saturday, August 13

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

Sunday, August 14

  • 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy
  • 6:00 PM: Great Vespers (Assumption Greek Orthodox Church)

Looking Ahead

 

Monday, August 15 (Dormition of the Mother of God)

  • 8:30 AM: Matins (Assumption Greek Orthodox Church)
  • 9:15 AM: Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, August 17

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

Thursday, August 18

  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
  • 5:00 PM: Great Vespers & blessing of fruit

Friday, August 19 (Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord)

  • 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy 

Saturday, August 20

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

Sunday, August 21

  • 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
  • 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy
  • 6:00 PM: Great Vespers (Assumption Greek Orthodox Church)

Hymns After the Small Entrance

 

Resurrectional troparion

Tone 8

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One. /To burial of three days hast Thou submitted / That Thou mightest free us from our passions./ O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

Troparion of the Cross

Tone 1

O Lord, save Thy people/ and bless Thine inheritance. / Grant Thou victory unto Orthodox Christians / over their enemies, / and by the power of Thy Cross // do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Troparion of the Maccabees

Tone 1

By the pangs of the saints,/ which they suffered for Thee, O Lord,/ be Thou entreated, and heal Thou all our infirmities,// we pray Thee, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

Resurrectional Kontakion

Tone 8

Having risen from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam, / Eve now dances with joy at Thy Resurrection. / And all the ends of the earth keep festival at Thine Arising from the dead, / O Most Merciful One.

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

Kontakion of the Maccabees

Tone 2: Spec. Mel.: “Seeking the highest ...”

O ye seven pillars of the wisdom of God, / seven- branched lamp of the divine Light, / O all-wise Maccabees / who before the martyrs, / were martyrs most great: / with them entreat ye the God of all, / that we who honor you may be saved!

Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Kontakion of the Cross

Tone 4

O Thou Who wast willingly lifted up upon the Cross, / bestow Thy compassions upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God; / gladden by Thy power Orthodox Christians, / granting them victory over all adversaries. / / May they have as an ally the invincible trophy, the weapon of peace.

Sunday Readings


Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Brethren, we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

 

Gospel: Matthew 14.14-22

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

 

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

 

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

 

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

 

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

 

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

 

Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

 

When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

 

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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.

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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