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

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

Our church follows the Julian (Old) Calendar. All Orthodox Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Blessed Sacraments of Repentance and Eucharist.



GREAT MONDAY, 14 (1st) April  Fast Day
Ven. Mother Mary of Egypt (522).
Mt. 21, 18-43;   Ez. 1, 1-20;   Ex. 1, 1-20;   Job 1, 1-12;   Mt. 24, 3-35
5:30 p.m. Ninth Hour & Typica
6:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

GREAT TUESDAY, 15 (2nd) April  Fast Day
Ven. Titus the Wonderworker (IX cent.).
Mt. 22, 15 – 23, 39;   Ez. 1, 21 – 2, 1;   Ex. 2, 5-10;   Job 1, 13-22;
Mt. 24, 36 – 26, 2
5:30 p.m. Ninth Hour & Typica]
6:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

GREAT WEDNESDAY, 16 (3rd) April  Fast Day
]Ven. Nicetas the Confessor, abbot of Madikion (824).
Jn. 12, 17-50;   Ez. 2, 3 – 3, 3;    Ex. 2, 11-22;   Job 2, 1-10;  Mt. 26, 6-16
5:15 p.m. Penitential Service & Holy Absolution
6:00 p.m. Service of Holy Anointing

GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY, 17 (4th) April  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Commemoration of the Mystical Supper]St. Joseph the Hymnographer of Sicily (883).
St. Joseph the Much-ailing of the Kyiv Caves (XIV cent.).
Lk. 22, 1-39;   Jer. 11, 18 – 12, 5, 9-11, 14-15;   Ex. 19, 10-19;
Job 38, 1-23; 42, 1-5;   Is. 50, 4-11;   1 Cor. 11, 23-32;   Mt. 26, 1-20;
Jn. 13, 3-17;   Mt. 26, 21-39;   Lk. 22, 43-45;   Mt. 26, 40 – 27, 2
8:30 a.m. First Hour
9:00 a.m. Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
6:00 p.m. Matins with Readings of the 12 Passion Gospels

GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY, 18 (5th) April  Strict Fast Day
Martyrs Theodulus, and Agathopodes, deacon, and others (582).
The 12 Passion Gospels: (1) Jn. 13, 31 – 18, 1;   (2) Jn. 18, 1-28;
(3) Mt. 26, 57-75;   (4) Jn. 18, 28 – 19, 16;   (5) Mt. 27, 3-31;
(6) Mk. 15, 16-32;   (7) Mt. 27, 33-54;   (8) Lk. 23, 32-49;
(9) Jn. 19, 25-37;   (10) Mk. 15, 43-47;   (11) Jn. 19, 38-42;
(12) Mt. 27, 62-66
9:00 a.m. The Royal Hours
6:00 p.m. Vespers of Great and Holy Friday
Exposition of the Burial Shroud of Christ

GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY, 19 (6th) April  Fast Day: Wine (not Oil)
St. Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople (582).
(1) Gen. 1, 1-13;   (2) Is. 60, 1-16;   (3) Ex. 12, 1-11;  
(4) The Book of Jonah;   (5) Josh. 5, 10-15;   (6) Ex. 13, 20 – 15, 19;   (7) Zeph. 3,
8-15;   (8) I Kgs. 17, 8-24;   (9) Is. 61, 10 – 62, 5;
(10) Gen. 22, 1-18;   (11) Is. 61, 1-19;   (12) II Kgs. 4, 8-27;
(13) Is. 63, 11 – 64, 5;   (14) Jer. 31, 31-34;   (15) Dan. 3, 1-57
Rom. 6, 3-11;   Mt. 28, 1-20
3:00 p.m. Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
Blessing of Paschal foods (in the church hall)

Christ is Risen!        Khrystos Voskres!    Christos Anesti!
Indeed He is Risen!    Voistynu Voskres!    Alithos Anesti!
Acts 1, 1-8            Jn. 1, 1-17

20 (7th) April, 2014
Christ is Risen!        Khrystos Voskres!    Christos Anesti!
Indeed He is Risen!    Voistynu Voskres!    Alithos Anesti!
Acts 1, 1-8            Jn. 1, 1-17
+Martin (Myroslaw) Sheska by Michael & Martha Misko. May the

Sunday, 20 (7th) April  Fast-free
Acts 1, 1-8        Jn. 1, 1-17
6:00 a.m. The Midnight Office (Nocturn)
The Matins of Pascha
Divine Liturgy
Blessing of Paschal foods (in the church hall)

Bright Week. Fast-free week

Bright Monday, 21 (8th) April  Fast-free
Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Herodion, Agabus, Asyncritus,
Rufus, Phlegon, Hermes, and Companions (I cent.).
Ven. Rufus the Obedient of the Kyiv Caves (XIV cent.).
Acts 1, 12-17, 21-26        Jn. 1, 18-28
8:45 a.m. Paschal Hours
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Bright Tuesday, 22 (9th) April  Fast-free
Martyr Eupsychius of Caesaraea in Cappadocia (362).
Acts 2, 14-21            Lk. 24, 12-35
8:45 a.m. Paschal Hours
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Bright Wednesday, 23 (10th) April  Fast-free
Martyrs Terence, Pompeius, Africanus, Maximus, Zeno,
Alexander, Theodore, and 33 others, beheaded at Carthage (250).
Acts 2, 22-36            Jn. 1, 35-51

Bright Thursday, 24 (11th) April  Fast-free
Hieromartyr Antypas, bishop of Pergamus (c. 68).
Acts 2, 38-43            Jn. 3, 1-15

Bright Friday, 25 (12th) April  Fast-free
Commemoration of the Life-giving Spring.
Ven. Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium (760).
Acts 3, 1-8                Jn. 2, 12-22

Bright Saturday, 26 (13th) April  Fast-free
Hieromartyr Artemon, presbyter of Laodicea in Syria (303).
Acts 3, 11-16            Jn. 3, 22-33
8:45 a.m. Paschal Hours
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, 27 (14th) April
Antipascha. Second Sunday of Pascha, of St. Thomas. Tone 1
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy


Go to pictures to see Clergy at the Service of Orthodoxy in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday March 9, 2014.

Read about the Theophany of Our Lord in the section below.

Read about the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ at       

Go to the  Weekly Bulletin Tab for DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR,  SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION for the current week.

Read the Paschal Encyclical of the Permanent Conference of Bishops at



Matthew 25:35-36, 40

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me . . . as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’


Vigil Lights
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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.  As usual. Deacon 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.


NEW!  Vigil Lights (Lampadas)
We thank the following donors of VIGIL LIGHTS/LAMPADAS for the icon screen:
Martha Dowling, in loving memory of +Richard Dowling.
M/M John Vitushinsky, in honor of their grandchildren, Lily, Luke, Kylee and Taylor
M/M Howard Winters, in loving memory of +Gregory Winters
M/M Nicholas Parchomenko, in loving memory of +Olga and +Fedir Parchomenko, and +Jack and +Lorraine Holland.
Thanks are extended to Mr. Taras Pypiuk for constructing the method of hanging the lamps.

The Enthronement of Metropolitan Antony
See the press release at
VIew the TV edition (in Ukrainian) of the Enthronement of His Eminence Antony at:
(Note: Father Bazyl makes a cameo appearance!)
Click here to read Metropolitan Antony's biography.
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

Read Father Bazyl's pastoral reflections from the UOC website at


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 .

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