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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.

DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR,  SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION

Bright Thursday, 16 (3rd) April  Fast-free Period
Ven. Nicetas the Confessor, abbot of Medikion (824).
Acts 2, 38-43            Jn. 3, 1-5

Bright Friday, 17 (4th) April  Fast-free Period
Commemoration of the Life-giving Spring.
St. Joseph the Hymnographer of Sicily (883).
Acts 3, 1-8                Jn. 2, 12-22

Bright Saturday, 18 (5th) April  Fast-free Period    
Martyrs Theodulus & Agathopodes, deacon, and Companions (303).
Acts 3, 11-16            Jn. 3, 22-33
5:00 p.m. Vespers

2nd Sunday of Pascha, 19 (6th) April
Antipascha. 2nd 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
Parastas: +Jaroslawa Zawirucha

Second Week of Pascha

Monday, 20 (7th) April
Ven. George the Confessor, bishop of Mitylene (820).
Acts 3, 19-26        Jn. 2, 1-11

Tuesday, 21 (8th) April
Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Heridion, Agabus, Asyncritus, Rufus,
Phlegon, Hermes, and those with them (I cent.).
Ven. Rufus the Obedient of the Kyiv Caves (XIV cent.).
Acts 4, 1-10            Jn. 3, 16-21

Wednesday, 22 (9th) April  Fast Day:
Martyr Eupsuchius (362).
Hieromartyr Bademus (Vadym), archimadrite of Persia (376).
Acts 4, 13-22        Jn. 5, 17-24

Thursday, 23 (10th) April
Martyrs Terence, Pompeius, Africanus, Maximus, Zeno,  Alexander, Theodore, and 33 others, beheaded at Carthage (250).
Acts 4, 23-31        Jn. 5, 24-30

Friday, 24 (11th) April Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Hieromartyr Antipas, bishop of Pergamus (c. 68).
Acts 5, 1-11            Jn. 5, 30 – 6, 2

Saturday, 25 (12th) April
Ven. Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium (760).
Acts 5, 21-33        Jn. 6, 14-27
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, 26 (13th) April        
3rd Sunday of Pascha, of the Myrrh-bearers. Tone 2
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy   

See our church pictures of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Pascha here at http://uocofusa.org/news_150415_1.html

See pictures taken during Holy Week at http://holyassumption.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=33



“Lent after Lent” and “Life after Pascha”
Fr. Steven Kostoff
April 23, 2014

Christ is risen!

Recently, I posed a question to the faithful of our parish:  Is there life after Pascha?  Another question has formed in my mind this morning:  Is there Lent after Lent?  Before proceeding any further, I need to offer two points of clarification:  1.) I apologize if I just happened to unsettle anyone with the frightening prospect of another immediate lenten period, and 2.)  I am not a “lent freak!”  My purpose in asking “Is there Lent after Lent?” is meant to pose a challenge.  Is there anything spiritually fruitful that we began to do – or anything spiritually unfruitful that we ceased to do – during Great Lent that we can carry over with us into the paschal season and beyond?  Are we able to establish some genuine consistency in our ecclesial lives?  Surely this is one of the most important elements in nurturing a holistic approach to our Faith.  If I am not mistaken, a real temptation that exists once Great Lent is over is to return to “life as usual,” as if Great Lent is at best a pious interlude during which we act more “religiously” and at worst a period of specific rules that are meant to be more-or-less mechanically observed out of a sense of obligation.  This undermines the whole reality of repentance at its core, and drives us back into the dubious practice of the religious compartmentalization of our lives.  Great Lent is over – now what?

I am not even sure just how healthy it is to assess and analyze our Lenten efforts.  Great Lent is a “school of repentance,” but this does not mean that we are to grade ourselves upon its completion.  However, there are a number of things we can ask ourselves.

    •    Did I practice prayer, charity and fasting in a more responsible, regular, and consistent manner?
    •    Did I make a point of reading the Scriptures with the same care and consistency?
    •    Did I participate in the liturgical services with greater regularity?
    •    Did I watch over my language and gestures, or my words and actions, on an over-all basis with greater vigilance?
    •    Did I make a breakthrough in overcoming any specific “passions” or other manifestations of sinful living?
    •    Did I work on establishing any broken relationships?
    •    Did I simply give more of myself to Christ?
    •    Did I come to love Christ even more as I prostrated myself in faith before His life-giving Cross and tomb?

Then why not continue?  Not to continue is to somehow fail to actualize in our lives the renewal and restoration of our human nature that definitively occurred through the Cross and Resurrection.  Appropriating the fruits of Christ’s redemptive Death and life-giving Resurrection is essential for our self-designation as Christians.

In other words, can we carry the “spirit” of Lent (and some of its practices) with us outside of Lent?  In this way, we are no longer “keeping Lent” but simply practicing our Faith with the vigilance it requires.  We still must fast (on the appropriate days), pray and give alms.  We still need to nourish ourselves with the Holy Scriptures.  We must continue to wage “warfare against the passions” that are always threatening to engulf us.  We need to deepen our love for Christ so that is surpasses any other commitment based on love in our lives.  Or, have we doomed ourselves to being intense in the practice of our Faith for a short, predetermined length of time, and then pay “lip service” to, or offer token observance of, the Christian life until next year?  In a rather unfortunate twist, Great Lent can work against us when we reduce it to such a limited purpose.  Great Lent is the designated time of year meant to get us “back on track” so as to live more consciously Christian lives because certain circumstances and our weaknesses often work against us.  It is the “example” rather than the “exception” if properly understood.  In other areas of life, do we simply abandon good practices – in matters of health, let us say – because a designated period of testing or observing these good practices has come to an end?

Today may be a good day to reawaken to the glorious gift of life offered to us in the Church.  One week from today—on Wednesday, April 30—we will return to our usual pattern of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, as the initial glow of Pascha slowly recedes.  I would suggest that this may be one of the most difficult days of fasting in the entire year.  It is very hard to reestablish a discipline temporarily suspended with the paschal celebration.  Yet, in many ways, we are returning to “life as usual,” even in the Church, but that is a “way of life” directed by the wisdom of the Church toward our salvation and as a witness to the world.  Let us take the “best of Lent” and continue with it throughout the days of our lives.

“Lent after Lent” means that there is “Life after Pascha.”

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

See http://uocofusa.org/news_141124_2.html for the entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

See pictures of His Eminence Metropolitan ANTONY and elevation of Deacon Mychail Sawarynski to rank of Protodeacon in the Holy Orthodox Church at http://avmocnpa.orthodoxws.com/pictures.html

Click on this link to see pictures of the Holy Land Pilgrimage with Bishop Daniel, Kathy Crayosky, Linda and Michael Tilson, and 20+ pilgrims!:  Sacred Holy Land Pilgrimage 2014 at http://uocofusa.org/news_141112_1.html!

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

Five Powerful Sayings of the Fathers

1. St. John Chrysostom on Scripture
“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.”

2. St. Nektarios of Aegina on Faith
“Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the many and be maintained in their consciousnesses.”

3. Elder Cleopa of Sihastria on the Cross
“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

4. St. John of Kronstadt on the Saints
“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

5. St. Seraphim of Sarov on Christian Homes
“Neither do walls or rich furniture make a home. Millionaires in magnificent mansions may never know a home. But where there are good relationships, where love binds the family together and to God, there happiness is always to be found. For good relationships are heaven anywhere.”

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Go to pictures to see Paschal service procession and food blessing.

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 Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ at http://www.uocofusa.org/news_131219_4.html       

Read the Paschal Encyclical of the Permanent Conference of Bishops at http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.org/news_130429_8.html

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.’

 


 

 

 

 

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See pictures tab for 1) videos of 2014 Theophany Eve Shchedryj Vechir 2) St. Nicholas program at http://avmocnpa.orthodoxws.com/pictures.html


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His Eminence Antony
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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 .

 
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