OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite
Christos Razdajetsja!   Slavite Jeho!   -   Christ is Born!   Glorify Him!

Welcome Guests and Friends

Rev. Fr. Yuriy Oros, Administrator
Rev. Vasyl Sokolovych, Parochial Vicar
Reverend Myron Badnerosky -Pastor Emeritus

1773 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA 19057
Mail Address - BOX 777, Levittown, PA 19058-0777
Residence – 2 Coral Rock Road, Levittown, PA 19057* (Residence) 215-968-8707*email: frvasylolph@gmail.com

Services for January

  • Jan 1 - 10:00an Feast of St. Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Jesus - Divine Liturgy
  • Jan 4 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy Sunday Before Theophany
  • Jan 5 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Theophany
  • Jan 6 - 7:00pn Feast of Theophany - Divine Liturgy with the Blessing of Wager
  • Jan 11 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy Sunday After Theophany
  • Jan 12 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy Sunday After Theophany
  • Mystery of Forgiveness (Confession) Fr. Vasyl is available for Confession on Saturdays from 4:45 to 5:15 and Sundays from 8:15 to 8:45. If these times are not convenient for you, please make an appointment with Fr Vasyl.

    There have been 89585 visitors since Christmas 2014.

    The Feast of Theophany
    January 6

    One of the most impressive ceremonies of the Byzantine Rite is the Solemn Blessing of the Water on the Feast of the Epiphany commemorating Christ's baptism in the River Jordan. The Epiphany, one of the most ancient and venerable festivities, originated in Palestine where it was celebrated with a vigil and special services on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, Our Lord was actually baptized. St. Gregory the Wonderworker [of Pontus] (d. about 270) is the first witness to present the Epiphany to us as the “saving proclamation of Christ's Baptism." The Feast of the Epiphany was established as a solemn feast in the Eastern Church in the middle of the 4th century as proclaimed in the Apostolic Constitutions: "Let the Epiphany, in which the Lord manifested to us His own divinity, be to you the most honored festival and let it be celebrated on the sixth day of January." Play the audio below to learn more.

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    Happy New Year to All!

    First, I want to thank each of you for your support and your help throughout the year. During this period you have become a family to me.
    I want to wish you health and happiness. May love live in your hearts, and peace lives in your souls. May God be with you in the difficult moments of your life, may your families always have God’s love, respect for each other, mutual understanding and charity, and may true friends always be with you.
    Finally, I want to wish you in New Year God’s blessing grant us many blessed years.

    With best wishes Father Vasyl

    St. Basil the Great

    St. Basil was born in the year 330 AD in the city of Caesarea, Asia Minor.  He was one of six children who all became saints in our Church.  His brothers and sister became priests, bishops, and nuns.  His parents were very devoted to the faith and gave their children a great spiritual heritage, which they cultivated in their lifetime.  The family of St. Basil was the greatest Christian family of the 4th century.  St. Basil studied in Constantinople and Athens.  He studied with his best friend, St. Gregory, in the cultural centers of the world.  St. Basil was one of the greatest writers and speakers of the Christian Church.  Although his fame was spread over the entire Christian world of his day, he returned to his own home town and was ordained Bishop of Caesarea on June 14, 370 AD. Play the audio below to learn more.

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    The Feat of the Circumcision of Jesus

    On January 1 we used to celebrate the feast of the circumcision of Our Lord. This was an appropriate day for the liturgical celebration of this event because a week after the birth every male Jewish child was circumcised and a name was given him. St. Luke describes it: “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb” (Luke 2:21).

    The circumcision of Christ has an interesting origin and symbolism. It dates back to the time of Abraham, around 1900 BC. The book of Genesis records that when Abraham was 99 years old, God made a covenant with him, promising to multiply his offspring and to give them the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession. At the same time he changed his name from Abram to Abraham (cf. Genesis 17:1-8). God told him: “This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised … So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:10-13) Ever since, as a sign of the covenant, every male child was circumcised. Play the audio below to learn more. Play the audio below to learn more.

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    House Blessings

    As you know, it is our tradition to have our homes blessed after the feast of Theophany on January 6. If you wish to have Fr. Vasyl come and bless your home, Please provide your name, address and the best time to bless your house on a piece of paper and drop it in the collection basket or give it to Fr. Vasyl. Fr. Vasyl will contact you to arrange your house blessing.


    If you are a visitor to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we want you to know how welcome you are; whether you have come from another part of the country, from across the world, or simply from another parish. We hope you find our worship true and reverent and our people here friendly and cordial. If you are seeking a spiritual home, we would be honored by your presence in our family. For more information about becoming a parishioner, please see me.

    Fr. Vasyl


    ….  If you see someone in church that you do not know – stop and say hello and welcome them to OLPH.  Your friendly greeting will help them to decide to make OLPH their spiritual home.  Make sure you introduce newcomers to Fr. Vasyl.  Don’t be shy!

    Church Envelopes 2020

    The offering envelopes for 2020 are available in the back of the church. You may have a different number than you have this year. If there is not a box of envelopes for you, please make a notation on the sheet next to the envelopes and a box will be prepared for you.

    Rev. Fr. Yuriy Oros, Administrator

    Should you have any additional pastoral needs, concerns, sick calls, funerals, liturgy intentions, etc. please call me at (908) 381-2764 or email me: yuriyorosit@gmail.com

    Please leave a message if I am not available and I will respond as soon as possible. 

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