Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1301 Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Online
Father Bazyl
Father Bazyl
Father Bazyl
Metropolitan ANTONY
Metropolitan ANTONY
Metropolitan ANTONY
Protodeacon Mychail
Protodeacon Mychail
Protodeacon Mychail

 Welcome to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church!

Do you love God and desire a deeper union in Him through Christ?  Are you moved by the beauty of traditional architecture, iconography, and liturgy?  Do you love to experience warm, family-friendly fellowship, to hear good music and Christ-centered preaching, to participate in enriching adult education and to offer the same to your children?  If so, then "Come and See" us!  We are a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and our doors and hearts are open to you and your family!  Our church follows the Julian (Old) Calendar. All Orthodox Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Blessed Sacraments of Repentance and Eucharist.

We are located at 1301 Newport Avenue in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR,  SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION

Sunday, 26 (13th) February
Cheesefare Sunday. Sunday of Forgiveness. Tone 3
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2017/02/26

First Week of Great Lent

Monday, 27 (14th) February  Fast Day
St. Auxentius, bishop of Bithynia (470). St. Isaac, recluse of the Kyiv Caves (1090). 12 Greek Master-builders of the Dormition Cathedral in the Lavra of the Kyiv Caves (XI cent.). Translation of the relics of Prince-martyr Michael and his counselor, St. Theodore of Chernihiv (1578).
Is. 1, 1-20        Gen. 1, 1-13        Prov. 1, 1-20
6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Tuesday, 28 (15th) February  Fast Day
Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy (109). Ven. Paphnutius, monk, and his daughter St. Ephrosyne, nun, of Alexandria (V cent.). Ven. Paphnutius, recluse of the Kyiv Caves (XIII cent.).
Is. 1, 19 – 2, 3    Gen. 1, 14-23    Prov. 1, 20-33
6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Wednesday, 1 (16 Feb.) March  Fast Day
Martyrs Pamphilius presbyter, Valens deacon and Companions, at Caesaraea in Palestine (307-309).
Is. 2, 3-11        Gen. 1, 24 – 2, 3    Prov. 2, 1-22
6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Thursday, 2 (17 Feb.) March  Fast Day
Great-martyr Theodore the Tyro (306).
St. Theodore the Silent of the Kyiv Caves (XIII cent.).
Is. 2, 11-21        Gen. 2, 4-19        Prov. 3, 19-34
6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Friday, 3 (18 Feb.) March  Fast Day
St. Leo the Great, pope of Rome (306).
Is, 3, 1-14        Gen. 2, 20 – 3, 20    Prov. 3, 19-34
5:30 p.m. Ninth Hour
6:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Blessing of koliva.
Agape meal

Saturday, 4 (19 Feb.) March  Fast Day:  Wine & Oil
Great-martyr Theodore the Tyro (306).
Apostles Archippus and Philemon of the Seventy, and Martyr Apphia (I cent.).
Heb. 1, 1-12        Mk. 2, 23 – 3, 5
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers
Litiya: +Nicholas Parchomenko (Helen Courtney)

Sunday, 5 (20 Feb.) March  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
First Sunday of Great Lent.
Triumph of Orthodoxy. Tone 4
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

https://oca.org/readings/daily/2017/03/05

4:00 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers
(Holy Protection Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown)


 As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit....”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigil Lights
Vigil Lights
Vigil Lights
Dc. Mychail Sawarynski
Dc. Mychail Sawarynski
Dc. Mychail Sawarynski
His Eminence Antony
His Eminence Antony
His Eminence Antony
Matters of Interest to our Orthodox Community
 

Theophany of Our Lord 

The Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord is a major feast in Eastern Christianity, with only Pascha (Easter) and Pentecost considered greater on the liturgical calendar. The importance of Christ's baptism is described in the Gospels of apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and is the first manifestation of the Holy Trinity to mankind. Theophany comes from the Greek word "theophania," which means "appearance of God" or "manifestation of God."  The V. Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, Rector of ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH , Northampton, celebrated the feast day Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.  ProtoDeacon Dc. Mychail Sawarynski assisted at the services.  An important part of the feast is the blessing of holy water called "Jordan Water," which signifies Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. "Our Heavenly Father Himself, with His mighty voice and with the assistance of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, said of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, with these words, 'This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.' God said these words while Jesus was standing in the Jordan River. And most of the people who gathered on the banks of the Jordan to hear the sermons of St. John the Baptist heard and observed this unique presentation, thus making this feast the first feast in the Christian church before Christmas was introduced as a separate feast, according to St. John Chrysostom."  At that time, St. John the Baptist referred the people to receive the Son of God. Today the church does it, "Through baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we become the children of God and heirs of the heavenly kingdom. Only Holy Baptism can liberate us from the bondage of Original Sin, and the holy water possesses the power that washes away the evil."  In addition to Jesus' baptism, Theophany traditionally included the Nativity, the wedding feast at Cana, the visit by the Magi and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple as a child, all of which indicate in some way the manifestation of God on Earth.
  Father Bazyl conducted the "Great Blessing of Jordan Water" service near the end of the Divine Liturgy. The large font had been placed before the iconostasis and filled with water for the blessing.
 Three parishioners – John Hnatow Jr, Michael Hnatow, and Nicholas Parchomenko - each held one of three trikiri, which is three candles joined together. Each trikiri was lit and after reading prayers and scripture, Father Bazyl took each trikiri, one at a time, made the sign of the cross with them over the water three times, and then immersed the lighted ends into the water. The extinguished candles were handed back to the candle bearers. After another prayer, Father Bazyl leaned over the font and blew upon the water three times in the form of a cross. He later immersed his hand into the water three times, after which he made the sign of the cross with an ornate cross, held the cross above his head with both hands and then plunged it into the water three times.
When the blessing was completed, Father Bazyl dipped a glass into the water font and then drank three sips of the Jordan Water.  He then walked through the church to bless the congregation with the holy water. As the service ended, the faithful walked to the front of the church, kissed the cross and were anointed with holy oil, and went to the baptismal font with containers to take some blessed water home. In some cases, people drank some water as they left the church, a common tradition, as is getting some of the candle wax floating the font in their containers.


 The Triumph of Orthodoxy!

Read about the triumph of Orthodoxy by Fr. Silouan Rolando HERE.
 
From the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America:
 

On Sunday, September 30, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of our parish and church, and we  greeted in our midst our Spiritual Father and Hierarch, His Eminence The Most Reverend Archbishop, Locum-Tenens and Acting Metropolitan, Ruling Hierarch of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, ANTONY!  See Pictures Tab for photos at our DIvine Liturgy and the Banquet at St Peter and Paul's Fellowship Hall! 

 



Pictures above (CLICK to enlarge pictures):
 

See Pictures Tab for:
1) Children receiving their certificates

2) Pictures from the Paschal Service 2013

4) Photos of the Holy Supper on the Eve of the Nativity in the AVM Church Hall

5) 90th Anniversary Liturgy and Banquet

6) His Emminence Archbishop Antony's Heirarchical Service at our church on 9/25/2011

7) Pre-Sanctified Liturgy photos from 2012

8) Wine Event fund-raiser

9) Miscellaneous pictures


 


From the archives!   Listen to original recordings of The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom performed by the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Choir.  Go to the Tab on the left labeled The Divine Liturgy .