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
Sunday, 18 March. Fast Day: Oil
4th Sunday of Great Lent. Tone 8
8:30 a.m. Third & Sixth Hours
Holy Mystery of Repentance
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
FIFTH WEEK OF THE GREAT LENT
Mon. 19 March… Fast Day
42 MARTYRS of Ammoria in Phrygia (845). Monk-martyrs
CONON and his son CONON (270). ARCADIUS, monk of Cyprus.
Isaiah 27:3-28:6; Genesis 13:12-18; Proverbs 14:27-15:4
Tues. 20 March… Fast Day
Holy Hieromartyrs of Kherson: BASIL, EPHRAIM, CAPITO, EUGENE, AETHERIUS, ELPIDIUS & AGATHODORUS (4TH C.)
Isaiah 40:18-31; Genesis 15;1-15; Proverbs 15:7-19
Wed. 21 March…Fast Day
THEOPHYTACTUS, bishop of Nicomedia 845). Apostle HERMES of the 70. Hieromartyr THEODORETUS of Antioch (361).
Isaiah 41:4-14, Genesis 17:1-9; Proverbs 15”20-16:9
4:00 PM PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY at St. Mary’s in Allentown
7:00 PM GREAT CANON OF ANDREW of Crete in Allentown
Thurs. 22 March..Fast Day: Oil
FORTY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE (320). URPASIANUS of Nicomedia (295). Righteous CAESARIUS (369).
Isaiah 42:5-16, Genesis 18:20-33, Proverbs 16:17-17:17
Fri. 23 March…Fast Day: Oil
Martyrs CODRATUS and those with him (258). Martyrs CODRATUS, SATURNINUS, RUFINUS of Nicomedia (3rd C.)
10:00 AM PRESANTIFICED LITURGY at St. Mary’s in Allentown
Isaiah 45:11-17; Genesis 22:1-18; Proverbs 17:17-18:5
Sat. 24 March…Fast Day: Wine & Oil
GLORIFICATION OF THE BIRTH-GIVER OF GOD.
SOPHRONIUS, patriarch of Jerusalem (638). Hieromartyr PIONIUS of Smyrna (250); Translation of the relics of Martyr EPIMACHUS of Pelusium to Constantinople (250).
Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 8:27-31
9:00 AM LENTEN RETREAT at ST. FRANCIS CENTER, BETHLEHEM
5:00 PM VESPERS AT OUR CHURCH
Sun. 25 March… Fast Day: Wine & Oil
5th SUNDAY OF LENT. Tone 1. Venerable MARY of Egypt.
THEOPHANES the Confessor. PHINEAS grandson of Aaron.
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS; MYSTERY OF REPENTANCE
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY AT OUR CHURCH
4:00 PM LENTEN VESPERS AT OUR CHURCH sponsored by the LEHIGH
VALLEY BROTHERHOOD OF ORTHODOX CLERGY
SIXTH WEEK OF THE GREAT LENT
Mon. 26 March…Fast Day
Translation of the relics (846) of NICEPHORUS the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople (829). Martyr SABINUS of Egypt.
Isaiah 48:17-49:4; Genesis 27:1-41; Proverbs 19:16-25
Tues. 27 March…Fast Day
BENEDICT of Nursia (543). EUSCHEMON of Lampascus.
Isaiah 49:6-10; Genesis: 31:3-16; Proverbs 21:3-21
Wed. 28 March…Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Martyrs AGAPIUS, PUBLIUS, TIMOLAUS, ROMULUS, two named DIONYSIS & two named ALEXANDER at Caesarea (303).
Isaiah 58:1-11; Genesis 43:26-31; Proverbs 21:23-22:4
5:30 PM MYSTERY OF PENANCE & ABSOLUTION
NINTH HOUR & TYPICA
6:00 PM LITURGY OF PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS
Thurs. 29 March.. Fast Day: Wine & Oil
Martyr SABINAS of Hermopolis (303). Martyr PAPAS of Lycaonia (305). Apostle ARISTOBULUS of the70, Bishop of Britain.
Isaiah 65:8-16; Genesis 46:1-7; Proverbs 23:15-24:5
Fri. 30 March…Fast Day: Oil
ALEXIS, Man of God in Rome (411). Martyr MARINUS, soldier in Caesarea, Palestine (260). St. MACARIUS (1483).
Isaiah 6610-24; Genesis 49:33-50:26; Proverbs 31:8-32
10:00 AM LITURGY OF PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS at St. Mary’s Church in Allentown.
6:30 PM HOLY MYSTERY OF ANOINTING at our church; Metropolitan Antony will be main celebrant. Lenten luncheon to follow.
Sat. 31 March…Fast Day: Wine & Oil & Caviar
RESURRECTION OF RIGHTEOUS LAZARUS. CYRIL, Archbishop of Jerusalem (386).
Martyrs TROPHIMUS & EUCARPUS
Hebrews 12:28-13:8 John 11:1-45
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOUR
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
5:00 PM FESTAL VESPERS AT OUR CHURCH
Sun. 01 April…Fast Day: FISH
ENTRY OF THE LORD INTO JERUSALEM. PALM SUNDAY.
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS; MYSTERY OF REPENTANCE
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
BLESSING OF PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES
Let us begin the all-holy season of fasting with joy; let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God: with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, the strength of good courage and the purity of holiness! So, clothed in garments of light, let us hasten to the holy resurrection on the third day, that shines on the world with the glory of eternal life!
Christ's Three Part Recipe for Lent: https://www.iocc.org/application/files/2715/1545/8087/iocc-great-lent_3part-recipe.pdf
Fifth Sunday Of Lent |St. Mary of Egypt
Reflection by Dr. Gayle Woloschak
Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
In you the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up your cross, you did follow Christ, and by your deeds you did teach us … to attend to the soul. —Apolytikion, Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Nearing the end of the Lenten journey, we see Pascha approaching, but we have not arrived yet. The story of St. Mary of Egypt demonstrates that it is never too late in life—or Lent—to attend to eternal matters.
St. Mary initially lived a life of debauchery. She once traveled to Jerusalem with some pilgrims, herself looking for fun; upon attempting to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, she felt a force preventing her. Suddenly aware of her impurity, she prayed for forgiveness and was able to enter. She repented, received absolution, and entered the wilderness, where she lived in fasting and repentance for the rest of her life.
Sometimes we too experience a moment of realization. We must repent. And after repentance comes action. Though we are not all called to solitude as St. Mary was, we can all turn from sin, toward Christ. When we fast, we grow our compassion for the hungry and the poor, as well as our knowledge of how much we need God’s mercy.
O Holy Trinity, teach me to repent and to honor You by offering service to Your children near and far.
Fourth Sunday Of Lent | St John Climacus (of the Ladder)
Reflection by Very Rev. Michael Ellias
St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” —Mark 9:29
This Sunday, the fourth in our pilgrimage toward Christ’s Resurrection, the Church in its wisdom holds up as an example of asceticism a great saint whose life and writings can inspire those who honor him. St. John Climacus, or St. John of the Ladder, was the abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in the sixth century.
St. John stands as a witness to the spiritual effort that is necessary both for our Lenten journey and for our entrance into the Kingdom of God. The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). We must, therefore, take steps to become detached from things of this world and to cling more closely to God alone. Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are our spiritual resources. During Great Lent the Church reminds us to draw our attention away from daily distractions, desires, and passions and to place it once again on our ultimate goal, union with our merciful and holy God.
St. John encourages the faithful in their efforts and reminds us that “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). How can we achieve this? We can draw spiritual strength through the sacraments and by humbly practicing the disciplines handed down to us in the Church. If we are to be one with Christ, we must also serve as He served, seeing those in need around us and around the world.
Most Holy God, give us compassion to see and to serve wherever needed, and cleanse our hearts that we may seek only You.
Third Sunday Of Lent | Veneration of the Cross
Reflection by Rev. Dn. Paul Zaharas, Chancellor,
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver
Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. —Mark 9:34–35
At the mid-point of our Lenten journey, the Church strengthens and fortifies us by calling to mind Christ’s precious and life-giving Cross. This Sunday’s Gospel passage reminds us that following Christ—walking the path of salvation is not easy, but rather involves sacrifice. Following Him comes at a personal cost, and each one of us is asked to endure our own unique difficulties. We are called to bear our own cross in imitation of the Savior, in humility and seeking God’s mercy.
When we commemorate the Cross on this third Sunday of the Great Fast, and as we venerate it for its power and role in Christ’s victory over death, let us also think about the cost of following Him. Let us consider the price of serving our Lord and the fruit that our own personal sacrifices, for the sake of others, will bring: “For whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:35).
When we serve our brothers and sisters in need, we offer our gifts and ourselves to Christ Himself. Through our selfless acts we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow the Lord, and in this way heed His command.
Christ our God, teach us to humbly bear our cross as we seek to follow You. Give us eyes to see where need exists and generosity to serve as You served. Through the power of Your precious Cross, grant to us Your great mercy and teach us to embody Your compassion.
Second Sunday Of Lent | St. Gregory Palamas
Reflection by Rev. Luke Palumbis
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church, Houston, Texas
"So let us rise and fast, offering alms with tears of compunction.” —Kontakion, tone 4
The pilgrimage of Great Lent is the Church’s invitation for the faithful to recognize and receive the gift of God’s grace.
Recognizing God’s grace begins with recognizing our need for it. Individuals and communities alike eventually come to the understanding that life offers both opportunities and challenges—many explored and overcome through self-efforts or the help of others; others bring us to the humbling realization that they’re beyond our capacity to navigate. In this moment of self-awareness, we have the greatest opportunity to mature in our faith, accepting that we need God. Such maturity positions us to receive His grace.
Journeying to receive God’s grace is the path embarked upon by Christians. Knowing that He can offer His grace in any way He chooses, we respond by investing where He has assured us He does—we participate in the life of His Church.
Often misunderstood as a period of tasks and legalism, Great Lent is an opportunity to remind ourselves that we need Him, and that He is present for us in His Church.
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, the paralytic and his peers understand that they need Christ, and they present themselves to Him so that something beyond their control can take place by His grace. Each of us can offer to Christ the opportunities and challenges in life, and in the lives of others, by coming to Church during Great Lent. His grace is waiting for you—rejoice!
We thank you, our King and our God, for the gift of Your grace, and Your rich blessings. Make us careful stewards of those gifts that we may serve our neighbors.
FIrst Sunday Of Lent | Sunday Of Orthodoxy
Reflection by Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky
Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, Orthodox Church in America
He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” —John 1:43
Christ’s call to those who would follow Him is straightforward: Follow Me. And the remarkable thing is that so many did: they chose to leave what they knew and follow a charismatic stranger along a path they could not imagine. They believed Him, and they acted on that conviction by following Him.
Follow Me. I think it is worthwhile, as we begin the journey of Great and Holy Lent, to hear these words with fresh ears.
To follow Christ—and holy Scripture makes this clear—is to serve our neighbor. Christ, through Whom all things were made, became a human being and served others with deep compassion. He fed the hungry, He healed the sick, He washed His followers’ feet.
As we follow Christ toward the Cross this Lent, let us renew our commitment to serving wherever and whenever we can, in ways small or large, because this is our offering to Christ.
Most Holy Trinity, give me strength for the journey that lies ahead, and give me the heart of a servant, that I may humbly offer myself to You.