Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1301 Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA
Monthly Calendar and Church Service Schedule
(Printing Instructions)
Schedule of Services

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.

Visit the 360° Virtual Tour of our church by opening the "360 Virtual Tour" page.  It is a fully immersive, sharable virtual reality tour of our church building. Enjoy  a glimpse of the beauty and majesty within our church.

DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR,  SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION 

Sun. 12 Aug.
11th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2
Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus (1stc.). Hieromartyr Polychronius, bishop of Babylon (251), and Martyrs Parmenius, Helimenas (Elimas), and Chrysotelus presbyters, Luke and Mocius deacons, and Abdon, Sennen, Maximus, and Olympius. Hieromartyr Valentine, bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy (273). Martyr John the Soldier at Constantinople (4th c.).
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/08/12
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

12th week after Pentecost

Mon. 13 Aug.
Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of the Lord. Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th c.). Martyr Julitta at Caesarea (304).
2 Corinthians 5:10-15 Mark 1:9-15

Tues. 14 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
THE BEGINNING OF THE DORMITION FAST
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).
1 Corinthians 1:18-24 John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

Wed. 15 Aug. Fast Day: Fish
Translation of the relics (428) of the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (428) and Translation of the relics (415) of the Righteous Nicodemus, Gamaliel, and Abibus. Hieromartyr Stephen, pope of Rome (257).
2 Corinthians 6:11-16 Mark 1:23-28

Thurs. 16 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Venn. Isaac, Dalmatus, and Faustus (5th c.). Ven. Anthony the Roman (1147). Ven. Cosmas, eunuch and hermit of Palestine (6th c.).
2 Corinthians 7:1-10 Мark 1:29-35

Fri. 17 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine) and Antoninus (250). Martyr Eudocia (362). Martyr Eleutherius (4th c.).
2 Corinthians 7:10-16 Mark 2-18:22

Sat. 18 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. Martyr Eusignius of Antioch (362). Hieromartyrs Fabian (250) and Antherus (Antheros) (257), popes of Rome. Martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian and Sibelius (Sobel), of Egypt.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Matthew 20:29-34
5:00 PM Festal Vespers – Feast of the Transfiguration
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE and ABSOLUTION

Sun. 19 Aug. Fast Day: Fish
12th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3
THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/08/19
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
BLESSING OF FRUITS

13th week after Pentecost
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration - THE DORMITION FAST

Mon. 20 Aug. Fast Day: Fish
Martyr Dometius of Persia (363) and two disciples. Martyrs Marinus the Soldier and Asterius the Senator at Caesarea in Palestine (260). Ven. Hor (Horus) of the Thebaid (390). Virgin Potamia of Alexandria. Ven. Poemen (Pimen) the Much-ailing of the Kyiv Caves (1110). Ven. Pimen, faster of the Kyiv Caves (13th c.). Ven.
Mercurius, bishop of Smolensk (Kyiv Caves) (1239).
2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 3:6-12

Tues. 21 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (820). St. Myron, bishop of Crete (350). Martyrs Eleutherius and Leonides of Constantinople, and many infants with them. Ven. Gregory, iconographer of the Kyiv Caves (XII) Ven. Gregory of Sinai (Mt. Athos) (1346).
2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5 Mark 3:13-19

Wed. 22 Aug. Fast Day: Fish
Apostle Matthias (63). Martyr Anthony of Alexandria. St. Psoes of Egypt (4th c.). Martyrs Julian, Marcian, John, James, Alexius, Demetrius, Photius (Phocas), Peter, Leontius, and Mary, of Constantinople (730).
2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7 Mark 3:20-27

Thurs. 23 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Holy Martyrs Archdeacon Laurence and Pope Sixtus, Felicissimus and Agapitus, deacons, and others with them (258).
2 Corinthians 10:7-18 Мark 3:28-35

Fri. 24 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus (304). Martyrs Basil and Theodore of the Kyiv Caves (1098). St. Theodore of the Kyiv Caves, prince of Ostrog (1483).
2 Corinthians 11:5-21 Mark 4:1-9

Sat. 25 Aug. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Martyrs Anicetus and Photius (Photinus) of Nicomedia (305). Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Comana (3rd c.). Martyrs Pamphilus and Capito.
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Matthew 22:15-22
5:00 PM Vespers

Sun. 26 Aug. Fast Day: Fish
13th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4
Leave-taking of the Transfiguration.
St. Maximus the Confessor (662). Martyrs
Hippolytus, Concordia, Irenaeus, and Abundius of Rome (258).
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/08/26
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 TYPIKA SERVICE – At our church
DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration falls during the Dormition Fast, but in recognition of the feast the fast is relaxed somewhat and the consumption of fish, wine and oil is allowed on this day.  In the Orthodox view the Transfiguration is not only a feast in honor of Jesus, but a feast of the Holy Trinity, for all three Persons of the Trinity are interpreted as being present at that moment: God the Father spoke from heaven; God the Son was the one being transfigured, and God the Holy Spirit was present in the form of a cloud. In this sense, the transfiguration is also considered the "Small Epiphany" (the "Great Epiphany" being the Baptism of Jesus, when the Holy Trinity appeared in a similar pattern).  The Transfiguration is ranked as one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar, and is celebrated with an All-Night Vigil beginning on the eve of the Feast.  Grapes are traditionally brought to church to be blessed after the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Transfiguration. If grapes are not available in the area, apples or some other fruit may be brought. This begins the "Blessing of First Fruits" for the year.  The Transfiguration is the second of the "Three Feasts of the Saviour in August", the other two being the Procession of the Cross on August 1 and the Icon of Christ Not Made by Hand on August 16. The Transfiguration is preceded by a one-day Forefeast and is followed by an Afterfeast of eight days, ending the day before the Forefeast of the Dormition.  In Eastern Orthodox theology, the Tabor Light is the light revealed on Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration of Jesus, identified with the light seen by Paul on the road to Damascus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Transfiguration

Metropolitan Antony UPDATES!

The Metropolitan was admitted to the hospital following a tragic car accident on the eve of the Centennial Celebration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. His Eminence Metropolitan Antony underwent a surgery on his ankle and has received treatments.

"So many have been asking how my recuperation is proceeding that I decided to drop you another note to pass on.  First, however, I need to express a depth of gratitude that I can barely put into words to the hundreds of cards, texts, emails and Facebook greetings I have received over the past three weeks of my hospitalization at Hunterden Central Hospital and Morristown Medical Center, followed by rehab at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Chester, NJ.  I mention these facilities because the treatment and personal care I received at all of them were an extremely important part of my healing process.  Every person at all three places was kind and caring beyond all expectation especially during the early days when my broken ribs were most painful.  May God grant them the strength to be continued blessings in the lives of all who come under their care and may they always know how much they are appreciated - even by patients who may not be aware of how much they do for them.

 I was discharged from rehab yesterday - Saturday, 10 August and am staying at a temporary single-floor residence near the Consistory because it would be impossible for me to get around in my own home.  Further, for those who have been caring for me like you, dear Brother, and others, being nearby for this six week period during which I must get along on one leg, being close to you is important.

The rehab was "intense", but most beneficial.  When I left the institute yesterday I thought I was prepared for anything I would face over the next several weeks, but, as is normally the case, I was not.  Moving along in a wheelchair on wood or tile floors is DEFINITELY much easier than doing so over long expanses of carpet, for example.  But, when it gets difficult, I simply recall the many patients I shared physical therapy with who face incredibly more difficult and sometimes permanent conditions far worse than my temporary ones.  So, I have nothing to complain about.

I cannot express enough gratitude to God Almighty and my Guardian Angel for the fact that I am here today.  The circumstances of my accident and how I survived them can only be attributed to their intervention.  The NJ State Policemen, ambulance attendants and even the people who live in the home before which the action happened truly protected both me and my Lacey from greater injuries at that time.  I pray that I will always remember God's blessings upon me in my daily prayers and in my service to my fellow man.

For all those cards, emails, texts and Facebook messages of get-well wishes and prayers, again I thank each and every one of you.  I don't know if I will ever be able to respond to each of you individually because of the numbers, but please be assured that each one of you touched me and enhanced the healing process more than you may comprehend.  I felt them all at the core of my being.  I've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of requests for prayers for the ill and seen the number of responses from as many people.  When you are praying for someone else, however, your hope is that your faith is strong enough to be of assistance.  I assure you all, my dearly beloved, your prayers have been of assistance beyond your expectations.  When all those prayers are offered for you, you feel their power!!!  I would ask that you all remember in your prayers some people you may be familiar with, but also some others I have met through this present journey:  Stephen, Emil, Dinah, Melanie, Elizabeth, Fr. John, Fr. John, PM Sonia, PM Mary Anne, PM Halyna, PM Marianne, PM Lillian, Thomas, Darlene, Doris, Peter, Margaret and all those who have no one to pray for them.  Also please pray for all the Doctors, Nurses and other medical care professionals and non-professionals that God has blessed with gifts and talents to heal. 

 You all are in my prayers daily and I embrace you in His LOVE.  May you experience that Love each and every day of your lives and share it with all around you.  You may be the only source of it for a particular individual on any random day.  What a gift of healing we can be daily!" 

+ Antony, By the Grace of God, Metropolitan