Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1301 Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Online
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 Welcome to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church!

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.

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!  It would be a blessing if you could visit us and we encourage you to come back as often as you can.  Perhaps you will find our parish to be your spiritual home!

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

Visit the 360° Virtual Tour of our church by opening the "360 Virtual Tour" page.  It is a fully immersive, sharable virtual reality tour of our church building. Enjoy  a glimpse of the beauty and majesty within our church.


Sun. 9 Sept.
15th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 6 - Ven. Poemen the Great (450). St. Hosius (Osia) the Confessor, bishop of Cordova (4th c.). St. Liberius, pope of Rome (366). Ven. Poemen of Palestine (602).
Martyr Anthusa. Hieromartyrs Pimen, Kuksha, of the Kyiv Caves (1114).

16th week after Pentecost

Mon. 10 Sept.
Ven. Moses the Black of Scete (400). Righteous Anna the Prophetess and Daughter of Phanuel, who met the Lord at the Temple in Jerusalem (1st c.). Synaxis of the Saints of the Kyiv Caves whose relics repose in the Far Cave of St. Theodosius. Uncovering of the relics of St. Job of Pochaiv (1651).
Galatians 4:28–5:10 Mark 6:54–7:8

Tues. 11 Sept. Fast Day
The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John.
Acts 13:25-32 Mark 6:14-30

Wed. 12 Sept. Fast Day: Wine and Oil
Sts. Alexander (340), John (595), and Paul the New (784), patriarchs of Constantinople. Ven. Christopher of Palestine (6th c.). Ven. Fantinus of Calabria (9th c.).
Galatians 6:2-10 Mark 7:14-24

Thurs. 13 Sept.
The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Most Holy Theotokos (395-408). Hieromartyr Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (258). St. Gennadius, patriarch of Constantinople (471).
Ephesians 1:1-9 Mark 7:24-30

Fri. 14 Sept. Fast Day
Church New Year. St. Symeon Stylites (459) and his mother St. Martha (428). Righteous Joshua the Son of Nun (1400 B.C.). Martyrs Callista and her brothers Evodus and Hermogenes (309). Martyr Aeithalas (380).
1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 4:16-22

Sat. 15 Sept.
Martyr Mamas (275), and his parents, Martyrs Theodotus and Rufina (3rd c.). St. John the Faster, patriarch of Constantinople (595). 3,628 Martyrs who suffered at Nicomedia (3rd-4th c.).
1 Corinthians 10:23-28 Matthew 24:34-44
5:00 PM Vespers

Sun. 16 Sept.
16th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 7
Hieromartyr Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia. Martyrs Theophilus deacon, Dorotheos, Mardonius, Migdonius, Peter, Indes, Gorgonius, Zeno, the Virgin Domna, and Euthymius (302). St. Theoctistus (467), fellow-faster with St. Euthymius the Great. St. Phoebe, deaconess at Cenchreae near Corinth (1st c.). Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia (309). Hieromartyr Aristion, bishop of Alexandria, in Syria (3rd c.).

17th week after Pentecost

Mon. 17 Sept.
Hieromartyr Babylas, bishop of Antioch, with Martyrs Urban, Prilidian, and Epolonius, and their mother Christodula (251). Holy Prophet and God-seer Moses (1531 B.C.). Martyr Hermione, daughter of Apostle Philip the Deacon (117). Martyr Babylas of Nicomedia, and with him 84 children (4th c.). Martyrs Theodore, Mianus (Ammianus), Julian, Kion (Oceanus), and Centurionus of Nicomedia (305-311).
Ephesians 1:22-2:3 Mark 10:46-52

Tues. 18 Sept.
Holy Prophet Zacharias and Righteous Elizabeth (1st c.), parents of St. John the Forerunner. Martyrs Thiphael and his sister, Thivea (or Vivea) (98-138). Virgin-martyr Rhais (Raisa) of Alexandria (308). Martyrs Urban, Theodore, Medimnus, and 77 Companions at Nicomedia (370). Martyr Abdas (ca. 424). Martyrdom of the Holy Passion bearer Hlib of Rus, in holy baptism David (1051).
Martyrdom of St. Athanasius, abbot, of Brest (1648).
Ephesians 2:19-3:7 Mark 11:11-23

Wed. 19 Sept. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae (Chonae) (4th c.). Martyrs Eudoxius, Zeno, Macarius (311). Martyrs Romulus and others (2nd c.). Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna (3rd-4th c.). Ven. Archippus of Hierapolis (4th c.). Ven. David (6th c.).
Ephesians 3:8-21 Mark 11:23-26

Thurs. 20 Sept.
Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Martyr Sozon of Cilicia (304). Apostles Evodus (Euodias) (66) and Onesiphorus (67) of the Seventy. Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (2nd c.). Martyrdom of St. Macarius, archimandrite of Ovruch, Pereiaslav (1678).
Ephesians 4:14-19 Mark 11:27-33

Fri. 21 Sept. Fast Day
Philippians. 2:5-11 Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Sat. 22 Sept.
Saturday before the Exaltation.
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna. Martyr Severian of Sebaste (320). St. Theophanes the Confessor and Faster of Mt. Diabenos (299). Martyrs Chariton & Straton. Commemoration of the Third Ecumenical Council (431). Uncovering of the relics (1896) of St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernihiv (1696).
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 Matthew 10:37-11:1
5:00 PM Vespers

Sun. 23 Sept.
17th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 8 Sunday before the Exaltation
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora (305). Synaxis of the Holy Apostles Apelles, Lucius, and Clement of the Seventy.
Martyr Barypsabas in Dalmatia (2nd c.). Blessed Pulcheria, the Empress of Greece (453). Sts. Peter (826) and Paul (9th c.), bishops of Nicaea. Ven. Paul the Obedient of the Kyiv Caves (14th c.).


The record of the birth of Mary is not found in the Bible. The traditional account of the event is taken from the apocryphal writings which are not part of the New Testament scriptures. The traditional teaching which is celebrated in the hymns and verses of the festal liturgy is that Joachim and Anna were a pious Jewish couple who were among the small and faithful remnant—“the poor and the needy”—who were awaiting the promised messiah. The couple was old and childless. They prayed earnestly to the Lord for a child, since among the Jews barrenness was a sign of God’s disfavor. In answer to their prayers, and as the reward of their unwavering fidelity to God, the elderly couple was blessed with the child who was destined, because of her own personal goodness and holiness, to become the Mother of the Messiah-Christ.

Your nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe. The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos. By annulling the curse he bestowed a blessing. By destroying death he has granted us eternal life. (Troparion)

By your nativity, O most pure virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness; Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you: The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our Life.



(20 August) + Daniel Zelinsky "It was a joy to witness Metropolitan Antony’s return to pastoral ministry following a car accident, medical surgeries and rehabilitation time.”

(14 August) + Antony, By the Grace of God, Metropolitan  "So many have been asking how my recuperation is proceeding that I decided to drop you another note to pass on. First, however, I need to express a depth of gratitude that I can barely put into words to the hundreds of cards, texts, emails and Facebook greetings I have received over the past three weeks of my hospitalization at Hunterden Central Hospital and Morristown Medical Center, followed by rehab at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Chester, NJ. I mention these facilities because the treatment and personal care I received at all of them were an extremely important part of my healing process. Every person at all three places was kind and caring beyond all expectation especially during the early days when my broken ribs were most painful. May God grant them the strength to be continued blessings in the lives of all who come under their care and may they always know how much they are appreciated - even by patients who may not be aware of how much they do for them.

I was discharged from rehab Saturday, 11 August and am staying at a temporary single-floor residence near the Consistory because it would be impossible for me to get around in my own home. Further, for those who have been caring for me like you, dear Brother, and others, being nearby for this six week period during which I must get along on one leg, being close to you is important.

The rehab was "intense", but most beneficial. When I left the institute I thought I was prepared for anything I would face over the next several weeks, but, as is normally the case, I was not. Moving along in a wheelchair on wood or tile floors is DEFINITELY much easier than doing so over long expanses of carpet, for example. But, when it gets difficult, I simply recall the many patients I shared physical therapy with who face incredibly more difficult and sometimes permanent conditions far worse than my temporary ones. So, I have nothing to complain about.

I cannot express enough gratitude to God Almighty and my Guardian Angel for the fact that I am here today. The circumstances of my accident and how I survived them can only be attributed to their intervention. The NJ State Policemen, ambulance attendants and even the people who live in the home before which the action happened truly protected both me and my Lacey from greater injuries at that time. I pray that I will always remember God's blessings upon me in my daily prayers and in my service to my fellow man.

For all those cards, emails, texts and Facebook messages of get-well wishes and prayers, again I thank each and every one of you. I don't know if I will ever be able to respond to each of you individually because of the numbers, but please be assured that each one of you touched me and enhanced the healing process more than you may comprehend. I felt them all at the core of my being. I've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of requests for prayers for the ill and seen the number of responses from as many people. When you are praying for someone else, however, your hope is that your faith is strong enough to be of assistance. I assure you all, my dearly beloved, your prayers have been of assistance beyond your expectations. When all those prayers are offered for you, you feel their power!!! I would ask that you all remember in your prayers some people you may be familiar with, but also some others I have met through this present journey: Stephen, Emil, Dinah, Melanie, Elizabeth, Fr. John, Fr. John, PM Sonia, PM Mary Anne, PM Halyna, PM Marianne, PM Lillian, Thomas, Darlene, Doris, Peter, Margaret and all those who have no one to pray for them. Also please pray for all the Doctors, Nurses and other medical care professionals and non-professionals that God has blessed with gifts and talents to heal.

You all are in my prayers daily and I embrace you in His LOVE. May you experience that Love each and every day of your lives and share it with all around you. You may be the only source of it for a particular individual on any random day. What a gift of healing we can be daily!