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

 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.  See the bulletin tab for all liturgical information regarding feasts and commemorations.

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.

Greeters for the month:  Margaret Leindecker, John Hnatow, Karen Osmun, Alex Semenovych, Lesya Semenovych, Mike Hnatow

DAILY LITURGICAL CALENDAR,  SCRIPTURE READINGS AND MENAION FOR THE NINETEENTH WEEK AFTER PENTECOST

NEW:  READ FATHER OLEG AND PANI OLHA'S STORIES (OUR CHURCH FAMILY)

NEW:  PHOTOS OF THE BAPTISM AND CHURCHING OF CHILD ALEXANDR HARNAHO (PHOTOS)

NEW: PHOTOS OF AVMUOC 2019 PICNIC AT CANAL STREET PARK (PHOTOS)

NEW:  PHOTOS OF THE BAPTISM AND CHRISMATION OF Fr OLEG AND PANI OLHA'S DAUGHTER  ELIZABETH (PHOTOS)

NEW:  PIEROGIE SALES RETURNS!  (EVENTS)

Sun. 13 Oct.
17th Sunday after Pentecost. Hieromartyr GREGORY. Venerable MICHAEL, first Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Rus. Tone 8.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2019/10/13
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY of JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Mon. 14 Oct.
PROTECTION of the MOTHER OF GOD. Apostle ANANIAS of the 70. ROMANUS the Melodist.
Hebrews 9:1-7 Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY at St. Mary’s in Allentown
(Patronal Feast) a brunch will follow in the hall.

Tue. 15 Oct.
Hieromartyr CYPRIAN. Virgin martyr JUSTINA & THEOCTIST of Nicomedia. Blessed ANDREW.
Ephesians 4:25-32 Luke 6L24-30

Wed. 16 Oct. FAST: Oil
Hieromartyr DIONYSIUS the Areopaite & Martyrs RUSTICUS & ELEUTHERIUS. JOHN the Chozebite, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (532).
Ephesians 5:25-33 Luke 6:46-7:1

Thurs.17 Oct.
Hieromartyr HIEROTHEUS, Bishop of Athens.
Martyrs GAIUS, FAUSTUS, EUSEBIUS & CHAREMON of Alexandria (3rd C.)
Ephesians 5:33-6:9 Luke 7:17-30

Fri. 18 Oct.FAST: Oil
Martyr CHARITINA of Amisus. Hieromartyr DIONYSIUS, Bishop of Alexandria (265).
Ephesians 6:18-24 Luke 7: 31-35

Sat, 19 Oct.
Holy Glorious Apostle THOMAS (1st C.)
1 Corinthians 15:39-45 Luke 5:27-32
5:00 PM GREAT VESPERS

Sun. 20 Oct.
18th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1. Martyrs SERGIUS & BACCHUS in Syria.
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2019/10/20
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY of JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Mon. 21 Oct.
Ven. PELAGIA the Penitent of the Mount of Olives (457)
Ven. Taisia of Egypt (4th C.)
Philippians 1:1-7 Luke 7:36-50

Tue. 22 Oct.
Holy Apostle, JAMES, son of Alphaeus (1st C.)
ANDRONICUS & his wife ATHANASIA of Egypt.
Forefather ABRAHAM & his nephew LOT..
Philippians 1:8-14 Luke 10:16-21

Wed. 23 Oct. FAST DAY: Oil
Martyrs EULAMPIUS & EULAMPIA (296).
AMPHYLOCHIY, Bishop of Vladimir-Volyn (1122)
Philippians 1:12-20 Luke 8:22-25

Thurs. 24 Oct.
Holy Apostle PHILIP of the 70, one of the 7 deacons
Martyrs ZENAIDA & PHILONILLA of Tarsus.
Philippians 1:20-27 Luke 9:7-11

Fri. 25 Oct. FAST DAY: Oil
Martyrs PROBUS, TARACHUS & ANDRONICUS of Tarsus (304). COSMAS the Hymnographer(787)
MARTIN the merciful, Bishop of Tours (397).
Philippians 1:27-2:4 Luke 9:12-18

Sat, 26 Oct.
Martyrs CARPUS, Bishop of Thyateira, PAPYLUS the deacon, AGATHADORUS & AGATHONICA.
1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3 Luke 6:1-10
5:00 PM GREAT VESPERS

Sun. 27 Oct.
19th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3. FATHERS OF THE SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
https://oca.org/readings/daily/2019/10/27
8:30 AM THIRD & SIXTH HOURS
9:00 AM DIVINE LITURGY of JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
LITYA on 40th Day of Repose of + Roger Seremula

 

Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA: Remembering the Tragedy of 9-11-2001

September 11, 2001… Eighteen years ago, American Airlines flight 11 crashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.  By the end of that day 2,996 people from more than 90 countries lost their lives in an act of unspeakable violence.

Eighteen years after the still almost incomprehensible terrorist attack upon our nation on 9/11/01 the emotion and horror still weigh heavily upon each and every citizen of our United States of America.  We still hear daily references to some aspect of a moment in history that forever changed the course of American life.  Sometimes the references relate to positive consequences of an evil act, but more often we are further offended by the negative side effects of man’s ability to hurt and destroy his fellow man.

The diverse nationalities of the victims of 9/11 remind us that terrorism and violence are global issues that require the efforts of every individual to defeat it. As children of God and citizens of this planet we must stand firm in our resolve to fight against any kind of violence with the message of love, hope and belief in the Divine Call to sanctity of life and protection of it. We must cease to be the participants of the culture of “twisted norms” of the modern society, such as sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the period of time. We must live courageously and speak honestly about the issues of “gun control” in our country and the protection of human life. When we build our advertising and political campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes? When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them?

Eighteen years ago, in the wake of devastating acts of terrorism, brave firefighters, police officers, and ordinary citizens heroically risked their lives to save others. Their dedication and sacrifice inspired all of us around the world to come together in a remarkable spirit of unity and compassion, because of the common threads of humanity that bind us. We shall keep that spirit alive through voluntary community service – service that honors the lives we lost and the heroes who responded in our hour of need. By offering of ourselves to community service, to charity, in big and small ways, we derive strength from tragedy, and hope from despair.

In the next few days we join with people across the globe in remembering the victims of 9/11. Those who were lost will never be forgotten. We continue to pray for guidance, wisdom, and protection for the men and women in uniform who fight each day to guard the world against terrorism, and we pray for the unity of our nation and the world in times of peril and peace.

For us, your spiritual fathers of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and for many Americans and people around the world, 9/11 will always be a day that represents humanity at its worst, and humanity at its best; a day when many people experienced senseless violence and tragic, unspeakable loss, but when all of us witnessed the heroism, the generosity, and the compassion that represents the utmost of human good.

By coming together in our parish communities and holding Memorial Prayer services to honor those who lost and who gave their lives 18 years ago, we renew our strength to move forward in the face of both old and new challenges, and we come together to invigorate the values that have defined our country and our people; values we share with the people of this planet.

We offer the first prayer we shared with you eighteen years ago as a guide for your personal prayer:  "Lord God, Lover of Mankind, bless our God-protected nation, the United States of America, and forgive those who hate and wrong us. Do good to those who do good and grant all our people safety, health, salvation and eternal life. Visit those who continue to suffer from the terrorist attack upon our nation and heal them. Guide those in our armed forces; in our fire, police and rescue services and in our government. Upon those who have asked us, unworthy though we are, to pray for them, have mercy. 

Remember our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have fallen asleep in the Lord under the most horrific of circumstances and grant them rest where the light of Your Face shines in a place where there is no more pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering.  May their memory be eternal before Your Throne.

Remember us, O Lord, your humble, sinful and unworthy servants and enlighten our minds with the light of Your Knowledge and guide us in the way of your Commandments, through the prayers of our Most-Pure Lady, the Birth-Giver of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and of all Your Saints, for You are blessed to the ages of ages.  Amen." 

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of you as we pass through this commemoration and all it brings to mind.  You are in our continued prayers.

+ Antony, Metropolitan of the UOC of the USA

+ Jeremiah, Archbishop of the UOC Eparchy of South America
+ Daniel, Archbishop of the UOC of the USA

The Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA Joins the National Council of Churches in the Statement: “Gun Violence Must End Now"

The news that two massacres took place one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH, in which 31 people lost their lives within a span of 13 hours leave us numb, horrified, and in grief. These, the latest of 251 mass shootings this year, are clearly acts of domestic terrorism. Once again, the National Council of Churches lifts its voice in prayer for those who have been directly affected by the shootings and, indeed, for the soul of our entire nation. Once again, we commit ourselves to supporting measures that will reduce and prevent gun violence.


How long O Lord, must we endure this violence?


We are deeply discouraged by the awareness of the near certainty that our elected officials will not respond in any meaningful way to this violence, for they are collectively and shamefully within the captivity of the gun lobby. Our elected leaders are guilty of negligence and cowardice.


Incendiary language from leaders also must be boldly and consistently condemned and countered. Racist, inflammatory rhetoric must be replaced by words and deeds that create beloved communities, ones that embrace ethnic, racial, and religious diversity. These are the values we wish to see in a vibrant, inclusive America.


The combination of readily available weapons of mass destruction and a toxic white racist nationalist ideology is a recipe for disaster. If we cannot confront these two evils, far greater violence and social disruption awaits our nation.
We beseech elected officials to renew the lapsed ban on assault weapons and to require licensing and background checks for gun ownership. We also demand that legislation which has recently passed the House, including HR8, be brought to a vote in the Senate and passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must be held to account for blocking legislation that would have introduced common-sense measure years ago.


The National Council of Churches asks the 100,000 local churches that comprise our member communions to hold special prayer services not only for those affected by the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton but everywhere around the world. We call upon our churches to hold conversations on racism and white supremacy so that these horrid ideologies will be eradicated. We call on our churches to contact elected officials and demand actions that will renew the assault weapons ban.

We raise our voice as a prayer to the one God of all. May our words be heard not only as lament but as a call to action.