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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.
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DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR, SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION
Sunday, 10 (27 Nov.) December Fast Day: Fish
28th Week after Pentecost
Monday, 11 (28 Nov.) December Sunday, 17 (4th) December Fast Day: Fish
Tuesday, 12 (29 Nov.) December Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Wednesday, 13 (30 Nov.) December Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Thursday, 14 (1st) December Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Friday, 15 (2nd) December Fast Day
Saturday, 16 (3rd) December Fast Day: Fish
Sunday, 17 (4th) December Fast Day: Fish
In ways that we may never fully comprehend, we make this journey like the Magi, like the shepherds. We each bring our gifts and we dedicate them to Christ. These are gifts willingly given for the good of others – the gold, frankincense and myrrh of our parenting, teaching, healing, friendship and compassion – in other words, our Love for one another.
We must live through this fast period and each day of our lives in a prayerful attitude of openness to the empowering and unending Presence of the Loving and Living God. Living an Orthodox Christian life makes heavy demands on us. But, God gives us His strength. The Power, the Love and the Grace of God are always with us – in our “community work”, the Liturgy and all other Divine Services, in our private prayer life, in all creation and every single one of His human creatures! That living Presence makes all things new! Such an attitude of openness, of awe and wonder and joyful expectancy is what it takes to receive the strength to fulfill our life’s purpose. Our God is the God of Life and He never stops with a sense of self-satisfaction to say: “We’ve got it!” It is always a movement on into the future. It is always His Presence with us now, doing some new thing.
We may be in the depths of despair and we may feel ourselves caving in, but that is precisely when He moves in and the Light breaks through and the hope and the power and the healing come. Simply put, our goal during this Pre-Nativity Fast is to mature in Christ, to attain to spiritual quality and excellence in our profession of the Orthodox Christian Faith, to invite Christ Jesus into our very being, to proclaim to an increasingly nominal and apathetic Christian society that, which it would rather not hear: “I bring you tidings of great joy…a Savior is born…He is Christ the Lord!” and He can be found in the hearts and homes of those who proclaim Him by their willingness to “let our light so shine before men, that they might see our good works and give glory to our Father Who is in Heaven” [Matthew 5:16].
We call you all, as our spiritual children, to pray fervently during this season for the leaders of the world we live in today. It is a secularized world full of strife, economic weakness and political instability. Evil often manifests itself in the cleverest of ways during such times. Pray for the maturity of those who lead all our nations and most especially those who lead in Ukraine, that their heart’s desire will always be to build a strong nation based on a system of law, peace and justice. Pray that our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church unites and returns to its historical role as the moral conscience of the nation.
May He, Who so loved the world that He sent His Only-Begotten Son to be our Lord and Savior, assist us in our resolve to mature and be nourished by the word of Truth and Life-giving mysteries. May we grow and mature in Faith as Ukrainian Orthodox Christians so that others, having witnessed the Faith manifested in our personal lives and in our parish communities, will be drawn to Christ and like the shepherds of Bethlehem, will glorify and praise God for all that they had seen and heard through us.
Assuring you of our prayers and love and requesting yours, we remain your servants in the Lord, + Yurij Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada + Antony Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora + Jeremiah Archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, South America Eparchy + Daniel Archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA + Ilarion Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada + Andrij Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
Statement of the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA: Prayers for the Victims in Las Vegas: http://www.uocofusa.org/news_171002_3.html
We find ourselves this day filled with compassion for the families of the victims who perished in the worst massacre of human life in the history of our nation. We find within ourselves this day an insatiable desire to pray for those victims, that our Lord will grant them a place of rest where the Light of His Countenance shines upon them as they await the great and final judgment. And oddly, we find ourselves this day in a state of shock that such a horrific attack can take place once again without any warning, without any obvious reason and without anyone who will really be capable of explaining. We will hear theory after conjecture, after just plain guesswork on the part of pundit after pundit after pundit. We will, however, probably never fully comprehend why such a horror as this Las Vegas attack can happen or how man can be so cruel to man.
We stated “oddly” above about finding ourselves in a state of shock. When we look closely at the history of the world of mankind, not only over the past few decades, but throughout human history, can we discover any extended period of time, beyond a few years perhaps, during which we were not confronted with man’s incredible ability to hurt, dominate, repress or annihilate fellow man? This would be an overwhelming state of affairs had we never been confronted by God Himself, the God of Love, the God Who was and still is ready to sacrifice Himself for the salvation of humanity.
We need this day, dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, to fall down on our knees before that God of Love. We must pray fervently that the Lord will “deliver us from all blindness, forgetfulness, despondency and all hardened insensitivity”… Lord, grant us humility, discernment and obedience. Lord, grant us patience, generosity and meekness. Lord, implant in our hearts the root of goodness and of Your fear… Lord, enable us to love you with all our souls and minds and establish Your will in all…Lord, You know Your creation and as it is Your desire, allow Your will to be done in us, sinners, for You are blessed to the ages. Amen.” (Evening Prayers)
It is by this common prayer on the part of each and every one of us – each and every day or even more than once a day – that the terrorism of this modern age can be crushed. Bigger and better weapons of mass destruction, huge numbers of them, have failed to crush it. The power of faith and trust, however, is beyond and above the power of those man-made weapons. The God of Love, a God Who will not allow us to completely destroy His Creation or ourselves, can and will respond to our prayers – prayers, which we must not consider to be strictly the domain of Orthodox Christians, but those of all mankind. Faith and trust in that God, dearly beloved brothers and sisters, will bring His intervention and healing to a suffering world.
In our Lord’s All-Encompassing Love,
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Sunday of All Saints
On the second Sunday after Pentecost our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine. Sadly, many of our parishes are witnessing a decline in Sunday worship and in membership. Our parishes are doing everything possible just to keep up with the monthly expenses. Is praying for the bills to be paid the main purpose for the Church? There is another purpose for the church – that purpose is to make people holy. A church that does not make it’s people holy is not a church, it is merely an organization which uses the word 'Church'. The Church celebrates the memory of the holy ones, the saints, to show us living examples of people whose souls were saved, so that we can imitate them in our lives. They teach us how to please God. Today is the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine and we commemorate all of those men, women and children that are famously known to us and those who are known only to God.
What is a saint? First, we should understand that saints are not born, they are made. We are all born to potentially become saints. The only difference between ourselves who are not saints and the saints, is that they are people who are continually picking themselves up after sinning, continually repenting until they reach holiness, whereas we tend to give up. One type of saint is known as a martyr. The saintly martyrs desired to confess Jesus Christ rather than live, and in doing so, sacrificed everything for Christ. Today, on the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine, we recognize those who became saints and martyrs in Ukraine and we honor them. At every Divine Liturgy and at Morning Prayers we sing and read the Creed, in which we confess that we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. These words which define the Church, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, are also words that define the saints.
What exactly does this mean? The saints are One because they are all together and are united – also known as the communion of the saints. The saints are also holy – the word saint means holy. The saints are also Catholic. This word does not mean Roman Catholic – it means 'Catholic' in the original sense of the word. 'Catholic' means the same in all places and at all times. Therefore, on the Sunday of All Saints of Ukraine, we commemorate all the saints of all of Ukraine throughout all the centuries. We commemorate saints of all ages, of all men, women and children, the poor and the rich, the old and the young, the healthy and the sick. They all confessed the same Holy Orthodox Faith. Finally, the saints are Apostolic, for they share in the same Faith and Tradition as the Apostles.
All the Saints of Ukraine that are being remembered today followed the example of Jesus Christ. All of them in their time, in their circumstances of life, fulfilled God’s commandment of love of God and their fellow human being. For many, their times were difficult in Ukraine, maybe more difficult than ours here in the United States. Often their situations in life were more dangerous in spiritual terms, and often in worldly terms were worse than ours. But they still continued, struggled, and reached their reward in Paradise where they now triumph. All we need to do is look at the icons of our church and we will see them: martyrs, confessors, ascetics, fools for Christ, educated people, simple people, rich, poor, bishops, priests, monastics and lay people. This is the Heavenly Church and is all-inclusive. It includes us, the earthly, Militant Church. There is room for each of us there. There is a purpose for us to attend church. Are we being made saintly and holy?
Rev. Fr. Mark Swindle
+ B A R T H O L O M E W
By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church: May the Grace, Peace and Mercy of the Christ Risen in Glory be with you All
Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the risen Lord,
“In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16.33) is the reassurance of the Lord, who alone trampled upon death by death, to generations of men and women. “Christ is Risen!” is the cry that we, too, pronounce to all people far and wide from this Sacred See, which has experienced worldly crucifixion and tribulation; but it is also the See of resurrection inasmuch as it is from this corner of the planet, the City of Constantine, that we proclaim “the victory of life” that dispels every form of corruption and death itself.
During his earthly presence, the Lord frequently warned His disciples about the tribulation that would result from his sacrifice on the cross at Golgotha but also because of their ministry and life in this world – both their own as well as all those who believe in Christ. However, he also added a very significant detail: “You will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy . . . So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16.20-22)
This paschal and spiritual joy was first experienced by the Myrrh-bearing women, who came to the tomb of the life-giving Christ, with the Lord’s greeting in a single word: “Rejoice!” (Matt. 28.9) The same paschal joy is emphatically professed by the Mother Church of Constantinople today: “This is the day of the Lord; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 117.24) The final enemy, death, sorrow, our problems, corruption, tribulation, and trials: all of these are crushed and abolished by the victorious divine-human Lord.
However, we live in a world where the mass media of communication constantly transmit misfortunate news about terrorist attacks, local wars, destructive natural phenomena, problems of religious fanaticism, hunger, the refugee crisis, incurable diseases, poverty, psychological pressure, feelings of insecurity and other similarly undesirable conditions.
In the face of these daily “crosses,” which human beings endure with reluctance, our holy mother Orthodox Church comes to remind us that, as Christians, we can be glad because our leader Christ has proved victorious over them as the bearer of joy, who brings gladness to the whole universe.
Our joy is based on the conviction of Christ’s victory. We are completely assured that good has conquered all things, that Christ came to the world “and left us in order to be victorious.” (Rev. 6.2) The world that we shall eternally inhabit is Christ, who is light, truth, life, joy and peace.
Despite its daily crosses and sorrows, the great Mother Church of Christ exclusively and solely experiences this phenomenon of joy. It experiences – from and within this life – the heavenly kingdom. From this sacred center of Orthodoxy, from the bosom of this martyric Phanar, “on this effulgent night,” we proclaim that the extension and purpose of the cross and all tribulation, the resolution of all human pain and suffering, is the Lord’s reassurance: “I will not leave you as orphans.” (John 14.18-19) “Behold, I am with you all the days of your life, to the end of the ages.” (Matt. 28.20) This is the message that all of us should hear, that the contemporary world should hear in order to surrender to and discern Christ on the road to Emmaus. Indeed, Christ is beside us. And we shall see Him only if we hear and experience His word in our life.
This message – of the victory of life over death, of the triumph of the joyful light of the paschal candle over the darkness of disorder and dissolution – is announced to the whole world from the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the invitation to experience the unwaning light of the resurrection. We invite you all to stand with faith and hope before the risen Christ and before the mystery of life. We invite all of you to trust the risen Lord, the master of joy and delight, who holds the reigns of the entire creation.
Christ is risen, then, brothers and sisters!
May the grace and boundless mercy of the lord of life and master over death be with you all.
Phanar, Holy Pascha 2017
+Bartholomew of Constantinople
Your fervent supplicant to the risen Christ