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St. Gregory Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas
Fr. Bazyl
Fr. Bazyl
Fr. Bazyl
Great Lent
Great Lent
Great Lent

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.


Fifth Week of the Great Lent.

Thursday, 26 (13th) March  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Translation of the relics of St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (829).
Is. 42, 5-16        Gen. 18, 20-33        Prov. 16, 17 – 17, 17
6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Friday, 27 (14th) March  Fast Day: Wine (not Oil)
St. Benedict of Nursia, abbot (543).
St. Rostislav-Michael, prince of Kyiv (1167).
St. Theognostus, metropolitan of Kyiv and All-Rus’ (1353).
Is. 45, 11-17        Gen. 22, 1-18        Prov. 17, 17 – 18, 5
6:00 p.m. Akafist the Most Holy Birth-Giver of God.

Saturday, 28 (15th) March Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Glorification of the Birth-Giver of God. Saturday of the Akafist.
Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander, at Caesaraea in Palestine (303)
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, 29 (16th) March  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone 1
Commemoration of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt.
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Sixth Week of the Great Lent.

Monday, 30 (17th) March  Fast Day
St. Alexis the Man of God, in Rome (411).
Is. 48, 17 – 49, 4    Gen. 27, 1-41        Prov. 19, 16-25

Tuesday, 31 (18th) March  Fast Day
St. Cyril, archbishop of Jerusalem (386).
Is. 49, 6-10        Gen. 31, 3-16        Prov. 21, 3-21

Wednesday, 1 (19 Mar.) April  Fast Day
Martyr Chrysanthus and Daria and Companions at Rome (283).
Is. 58, 1-11        Gen. 43, 26-31; 45, 1-16    Prov. 21, 23 – 22, 4
5:30 p.m. Repentance Service: Examination of conscience, Holy Absolution
6:00 p.m. Service of Holy Unction (Anointing)

Thursday, 2 (20 Mar.) April  Fast Day
The Holy Fathers who were slain at the Monastery of St. Sabbas:
Sts. John, Sergius, Patrick, and others (796).
Is. 65, 8-16        Gen. 46, 1-7            Prov. 23, 15 – 24, 5

Friday, 3 (21 Mar.) April  Fast Day
Ven. James the Confessor, bishop, of the Studion (VIII cent.).
Is. 66, 10-24        Gen. 49, 33-50        Prov. 31, 8-32
Saturday, 4 (22 Mar.) April  Fast Day: Caviar, Wine, Oil
Lazarus Saturday. The Resurrection of the Righteous Lazarus.
Hieromartyr Basil, presbyter of Ancyra (362).
Heb. 12, 28 – 13, 8        Jn. 11, 1-45
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Festal Vespers
Blessing of palms

Sunday, 5 (23 Mar.) April  Fast Day: Fish
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Blessing of pussy willows


GREAT MONDAY, 6 (24 Mar.) April  Fast Day
Ven. Zacharias the Recluse of Egypt (IV cent.)
Mt. 21, 18-43;  Ez. 1, 1-20;   Ex. 1, 1-20;   Job 1, 1-12;   Mt. 24, 3-35.
6:00 p.m. Great Compline

GREAT TUESDAY, 7 (25 Mar.) April  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Mt. 22, 15-23;  Ez. 1, 21 – 2, 1;  Ex. 2, 5-10;  Job 1, 13-22; Mt. 24, 36 – 26,2
9:00 a.m.    Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

GREAT WEDNESDAY, 8 (26 Mar.) April  Fast Day
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
Jn. 12, 17-50; Ez. 2, 3 – 3, 3;  Ex. 2, 11-22;  Job 2, 1-10;  Mt. 26, 6-16
5:30 p.m. Ninth Hour & Typica
6:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

GREAT & HOLY THURSDAY, 9 (27 Mar.) April  Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Commemoration of the Mystical Supper
St. Matrona of Thessalonica (IV 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 Twelve Gospels

GREAT & HOLY FRIDAY, 10, (28 Mar.) April  Strict Fast Day
Martyr Eustratius of the Kiev Caves (1097)
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 & Holy Friday
Exposition of the Burial Shroud of Christ

GREAT & HOLY SATURDAY, 11 (29 Mar.) April  Fast Day: Wine (not Oil)
Martyr Mark, bishop of Arethusa (364).
(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)

Sunday, 12 (30 Mar.) April  Fast-free
Acts 1, 1-8            Jn. 1, 1-17
6:00 a.m. The Midnight Office (Nocturn)
Matins of Pascha
Divine Liturgy
Blessing of paschal foods (in the church hall)

See 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

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!

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.”


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       

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.’



See pictures tab for 1) videos of 2014 Theophany Eve Shchedryj Vechir 2) St. Nicholas program at


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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.  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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