Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
1301 Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA
Monthly Calendar and Church Service Schedule
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Schedule of Services

 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. 20 May…
7th Sunday of Pascha. FATHERS OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL Tone 6.
Afterfeast of the ASCENSION.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/05/20
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY at our Church

SEVENTH WEEK OF HOLY PASCHA

Mon 21 May…
Holy Apostle & Evangelist JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN (117)
ARSENIUS the Great of Scetis (448). PIMEN the Ascetic
Acts 21:8-14 John 14: 27-1:7

Tues. 22 May …
Prophet ISAIAH. Martyr CHRISTOPHER of Lycia. Translation of the Relics of St. NICHOLAS from Myra to Bari (1087).
Acts 21: 26-32 John 16: 2-13

Wed. 23 May…FAST DAY: FISH
Apostle SIMON the Zealot. Martyrs PHILADELPHUS, CYPRIAN, ALPHAEUS, ONESIMUS,
ERASMUS and 14 others in Sicily (251).
Ven. ISIDORA the Fool of Tabenna. Blessed TAISIA of Egypt (5th C.)
Acts. 23:1-11 John 16:15-23

Thurs. 24 May…
Hieromartyr MOCIUS (295). Equal to the Apostles CYRIL & METHODIUS, teachers of the Slavs. Ven. SOPHRONIUS of Kyiv.
Acts 1: 1-12 John 14: 1-11

Fri. 25 May… FAST DAY: FISH
EPIPHANIUS, Bishop of Cyprus (403). GERMANUS, Patriarch of Constantinople (740). POLYBIUS Bishop of Rinokyr, Egypt.
Acts 27:1-44 John 17:18-26

Sat. 26 May…
MEMORIAL SATURDAY. Virgin Martyr GLYCERIA & LAODICIUS. Martyr ALEXANDER of Rome (298).
Acts 28: 1-31 John 21: 15-25
5:00 PM FESTAL VESPERS & LITYA at our CHURCH
PRAYERS OF PENANCE & ABSOLUTION to follow

Sun. 27 May…
TRINITY SUNDAY. PENTECOST.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/05/27
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY; VESPERS & KNEELING SERVICE
11:30 AM GENERAL PARASTAS AT PARISH CEMETERY

1st week after Pentecost. Fast-free week.

Mon. 28 May…
DAY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Ven. Pachomius the Great. Ven. Achilles, bishop of Larissa, St. Isaiah, bishop and wonderworker of
Rostov.
Ephesians 5: 8-19 Matthew 18:10-20.

Tues. 29 May…
St. Theodore the Sanctified, St. Alexander, archbishop of Jerusalem, Martyrs Vitus, Modestus and
Crescentia.
Romans 1:1-7; 13-17 Matthew 4:25-5:13

Wed. 30 May…
Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his fellow laborer Junia, Martyrs Solochon, Pamphamer,
and Pamphalon at Chalcedon.
Romans 1:18-27 Matthew 5:20-26

Thurs. 31 May…
Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra and seven virgin-martyrs: Alexandra, Tecusa, Claudia, Phaine,
Euphraisa, Matrona, and Julia.
Romans 1:28-2:9 Matthew 5:27-32

Fri. 1 June…
Hieromartyr Patrick, bishop of Prusa, and his companions: Presbyters Acacius, Menander, and
Polyenus.
Romans 2:14-29 Matthew 5:33-41

Sat. 2 June…
Martyr Thalelaeus at Aegae in Cilicia and companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius.
Romans 1:7-12 Matthew 5:42-48.
5:00 PM VESPERS at our CHURCH

Sun. 3 June…
1st Sunday after Pentecost.   Tone 8 ALL SAINTS.
Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine, and Helen, his mother.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2018/06/03
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY; VESPERS & KNEELING SERVICE

Day of Pentecost:   Fifty days after the Resurrection, on the excising Jewish feast of Pentecost, while the disciples and many other followers of Jesus Christ were gathered together to pray, the Holy Spirit descended upon them in the form of "cloven tongues of fire," with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and they began to speak in languages that they did not know. There were many visitors from the Jewish diaspora to Jerusalem at that time for the Jewish observance of the feast, and they were astonished to hear these untaught fisherman speaking praises to God in their alien tongues. This account is detailed in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter two.    The number fifty, as in the fiftieth day after Pascha, stands for eternal and heavenly fulfillment, seven times seven, plus one.

Feast of Pentecost:  The Orthodox Church sees Pentecost as the final fulfillment of the mission of Jesus Christ and the first beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God, mystically present in his Church. It is traditionally called the beginning of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  Besides celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, the feast also celebrates the full revelation of the divine Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hymns of the Church, celebrate the sign of the final act of God's self-disclosure to the world of His creation.  To Orthodox Christians, the feast of Pentecost is not just a celebration of an event in history. It is also a celebration their membership in the Church. They have lived Pentecost and received "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" in the sacrament of chrismation.

Celebration of the feast:  For the feast of Pentecost the icon of the Holy Trinity, the three angelic figures who appeared to Abraham, is placed in the center of the church for veneration. This icon is used with the traditional Pentecost icon. The church building is decorated with flowers and the green leaves of the summer to show that God's divine breath comes to renew all creation. Green vestments and coverings are also used.  In many parishes the feast is celebrated starting the evening before with Great Vespers. Some parishes also serveMatins on the morning of the feast before the Divine Liturgy.  The Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom with special hymns replacing the standard Antiphons. The hymns O Heavenly King and We have seen the True Light are sung for the first time since Easter, calling the Holy Spirit to "come and abide in us," and proclaiming that "we have received the heavenly Spirit."  An extraordinary service called the Kneeling Vespers, is observed on the evening of Pentecost. This is a Vespers service to which are added three sets of long poetical prayers, the composition of Saint Basil the Great, during which everyone makes a full prostration, touching their foreheads to the floor (prostrations in church having been forbidden from the day of Pascha (Easter) up to this point). In many parishes, this service is done immediately after the Liturgy.

After Pentecost:  The Monday after Pentecost is the Feast of the Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Church, and the Sunday after Pentecost is the Feast of All Saints.  Even though the start of the Church year is considered to start in September, the liturgical center of the annual cycle of Orthodox worship is the feast of Pascha, preceded by Great Lent, and pre-lent, and followed by the fifty days of paschal celebration until the feast of Pentecost. Until the start of the next Great Lent, the Sundays and weeks following Pentecost, are numbered from Pentecost. Liturgical readings and hymns will be based on the "weeks after Pentecost" as listed in the OctoechosApostolos, and Lectionary arranged Gospel.

Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness: http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/6588188/tdest_id/116035