Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1301 Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Online
Pascha 2018
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Pascha 2018

 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

Sun. 8 July Fast Day: Fish
6th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 5
Virgin-martyr Febronia of Nisibis (304).
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/07/01
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

7th week after Pentecost
Apostolic Fast of Saint. Peter and Paul Concludes

Mon. 9 July Fast Day: Fish
St. David of Thessalonica (540). St. John, bishop of the Goths in Crimea (ca. 787).
1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11 Matthew 13:54-58

Tues. 10 July Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Ven. Sampson the Hospitable (530). St. Joanna the Myrrh-bearer
1st c.).
Ven. Severus, presbyter of Interocrea in Italy (6th c.).
1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12 Matthew 14:1-13

Wed. 11 July Fast Day
Translation of the relics (412) of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (311).
Ven. Xenophon, abbot of Robeika. Ven. Paul the Physician of Corinth (7th c.)
1 Corinthians 7:12-24 Matthew 14:35-15:11

Thurs. 12 July
The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (67).
2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9 Мatthew 16:13-19

Fri. 13 July Fast Day
Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve
Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude the brother of James, Simon the Zealot, Matthias. St. Peter, prince of the Tatar Horde, wonderworker of Rostov (1290).
1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7 Matthew 15:29-31

Sat. 14 July
Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian,
martyrs at Rome. Martyr Potitus (2nd c.). Ven. Peter the Patrician (854). St. Angelina, despotina of Serbia (16th c.).
Romans 12:1-3 Matthew 10:37-11:1
5:00 PM VESPERS

Sun. 15 July
7th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 6
The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae (5th c.). St. Juvenal, patriarch of Jerusalem (458).
St. Photius, metropolitan of Kyiv (1431).
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/07/08
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

8th week after Pentecost

Mon. 16 July
Martyr Hyacinth. Martyrs Diomedes, Eulampius, Asclepiodotus, and
Golinduc of Caesarea in Cappadocia (108). Martyrs Mocius (Mucian)
and Mark (4th c.). Ven. Alexander, founder of the Monastery of the
Unsleeping Ones (430). St. Anatolius, patriarch of Constantinople
(438). Ven. Anatolius, of the Near Caves in Kyiv (12th c.). Ven.
Anatolius (another) recluse of the Far Caves in Kyiv (13th c.).
1 Corinthians 9:13-18 Matthew 16:1-6

Tues. 17 July
St. Andrew, archbishop of Crete (712-726). Ven. Martha, mother
of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger (551). Martyrs Theodotus and
Theodota (108). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene (310).
1 Corinthians 10:5-12 Matthew 16:6-12

Wed. 18 July Fast Day: Fish
St. Andrew, archbishop of Crete (712-726). Ven. Martha, mother
of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger (551). Martyrs Theodotus and
Theodota (108). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene (310).
1 Corinthians 10:12-22 Matthew 16:20-24

Thurs. 19 July
Ven. Sisoes the Great of Egypt (429). Martyrs Marinus and Martha, their children Audifax and Abbacum (Habakkuk), and those with them at Rome: Cyrinus, Valentine the Presbyter, and Asterius (269). Ven. Sisoes of the Kyiv Caves (13th c.). Uncovering of the relics of
Holy Princess Juliana Vilshanska (1540).
1 Corinthians 10:28-11:7 Мatthew 16:24-28

Fri. 20 July Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Ven. Thomas of Mt. Maleon (10th c.). Ven. Acacius of Sinai
(6th c.). Martyrs Peregrinus, Lucian, Pompeius, Hesychius, Pappias,
Saturninus, and Germanus. Martyrs Epictetus, presbyter, and Astion
in Scythia (290). Martyr Evangelus. Martyr Cyriaca (IV).
1 Corinthians 11:8-22 Matthew 17:10-18

Sat. 21 July
Holy Great-martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine (303).
Romans 13:1-10 Matthew 12:30-37
5:00 PM. VESPERS

Sun. 22 July
8th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 7
Hieromartyr Pancratius, bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st c.). Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna (250-252). Martyrs Patermuthius, Coprius, and Alexander (361).
St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (848).
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/07/22
8:30 AM Third & Sixth Hours
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Cosmas and Damian (Rome)

The Holy Martyrs, Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian were born at Rome, brothers by birth, and physicians by profession. Their feast day is July 14.

They suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284). Brought up by their parents in the rules of piety, they led strict and chaste lives, and they were granted by God the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and exceptional kindness to all, the brothers converted many to Christ. The brothers told the sick, “It is not by our own power that we treat you, but by the power of Christ, the true God. Believe in Him and be healed.” Since they accepted no payment for their treatment of the infirm, the holy brothers were called “unmercenary physicians.”

Their life of active service and their great spiritual influence on the people around them led many into the Church, attracting the attention of the Roman authorities. Soldiers were sent after the brothers. Hearing about this, local Christians convinced Sts Cosmas and Damian to hide for a while until they could help them escape. Unable to find the brothers, the soldiers arrested instead other Christians of the area where the saints lived. Sts Cosmas and Damian then came out of hiding and surrendered to the soldiers, asking them to release those who had been arrested because of them.

At Rome, the saints were imprisoned and put on trial. Before the Roman emperor and the judge they openly professed their faith in Christ God, Who had come into the world to save mankind and redeem the world from sin, and they resolutely refused to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods. They said, “We have done evil to no one, we are not involved with the magic or sorcery of which you accuse us. We treat the infirm by the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we take no payment for rendering aid to the sick, because our Lord commanded His disciples, “Freely have you received, freely give” (Mt. 10: 8).

The emperor, however, continued with his demands. Through the prayer of the holy brothers, imbued with the power of grace, God suddenly struck Carinus blind, so that he too might experience the almighty power of the Lord, Who does not forgive blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mt. 12:31). The people, beholding the miracle, cried out, “Great is the Christian God! There is no other God but Him!” Many of those who believed besought the holy brothers to heal the emperor, and he himself implored the saints, promising to convert to the true God, Christ the Savior, so the saints healed him. After this, Sts Cosmas and Damian were honorably set free, and once again they set about treating the sick.

But what the hatred of the pagans and the ferocity of the Roman authorities could not do, was accomplished by black envy, one of the strongest passions of sinful human nature. An older physician, an instructor, under whom the holy brothers had studied the art of medicine, became envious of their fame. Driven to madness by malice, and overcome by passionate envy, he summoned the two brothers, formerly his most beloved students, proposing that they should all go together in order to gather various medicinal herbs. Going far into the mountains, he murdered them and threw their bodies into a river.

Thus these holy brothers, the Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian, ended their earthly journey as martyrs. Although they had devoted their lives to the Christian service of their neighbors, and had escaped the Roman sword and prison, they were treacherously murdered by their teacher.

The Lord glorifies those who are pleasing to God. Now, through the prayers of the holy martyrs Cosmas and Damian, God grants healing to all who with faith have recourse to their heavenly intercession

https://orthodoxwiki.org/Cosmas_and_Damian_(Rome)