OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church
Christos Voskrese!   Voistinnu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen!   Indeed He is Risen!

Welcome Guests and Friends

Very Rev. Edward Higgins, 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 April

  • Apr 20 - 7:00pm –Vigil of The Great Day/Easter NO 5:30 LITURGY. Resurrection Procession and Matins with Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Baskets
  • Apr 21 - 9:00am –The Great Day: Easter Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Baskets
  • Apr 22 - 7:00pm – Liturgy Bright Monday
  • Apr 23 - 7:00pm – Liturgy Bright Tuesday
  • Apr 27 - 5:300pm –Vigil Liturgy St Thomas Sunday
  • Apr 28 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy St Thomas Sunday
  • 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.

     



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    My Dear People,

    “This is the resurrection day! Let us be enlightened by this Feast, and let us embrace one another.  Let us call brethren even those who hate us, and in the resurrection forgive everything; and let us sing: Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death, and to those in the graves He granted life!” - (Resurrection Matins)

    Easter commemorates the victory of Christ over every worldly evil including sin and death. His resurrection from the dead placed the seal of divinity upon His teachings. That is why Easter is one of the most significant feast days of the Church.  It marks the accomplishment of the Redemption of mankind. Truly it is the day that Lord has made. It is the feast of the glorious triumph of our holy faith. It is the condemnation of the exclusion of God from human thinking and living, which is at the root of the world’s travails today.

    Enter with our suffering Savior into the spirit of the sorrowful day of Holy Week!  Receive Holy Communion on Easter Sunday and rise triumphantly with our Risen Savior on that glorious morning!

    Deepest thanks to you for your kindness and generosity at this time. May the blessing and peace of our Risen Lord come into your heart and home on Easter Sunday and abide with you always.

    ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! ВОІСТИНУ ВОСКРЕС!
    CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

    Fr. Vasyl



    Be Multi-Lingual This Easter

    Christ is Risen! - Indeed He is Risen!
     Christos Voskrese!  - Voistinu Voskrese! (slavonic)
    Feltamadt Krisztus! - Valoban Feltanadott! (Hungarian)
     Al Massih Kam! - Hakkan Kam! (arabic)
    Christos Anesti! -  Alithos Anesti! (Greek)
    ¡Christo Es Resucitado!  - ¡En Verdad Es Resucitado! (Spanish


    Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

    The Resurrection Icon
    The Central Icon of our Faith

    The Icon for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is technically the Icon of Christ’s Descent into Hades, but is commonly  called the Anastasis or Resurrection Icon. I t is the visual Gospel, the Holy Scripture written in form and picture, for all to participate in the Good News of this event.

    The Icon of Christ’s Descent into Hades is not a photojournalist's recording of what took place in the bowels of the earth, but rather a spiritual representation of the significance, reality and importance of what Christ accomplished.

    Hear more:

    Resurrection Homily of St. John Chrysostom

    (first preached in the late 4th century) is traditionally read during the Resurrection Matins of Easter. Beautiful and eloquent, it is as inspiriting today as it was when first preached. Listen to it below or read it by clicking here


    Music of Pascha

    Resurrection Matins (English)

    Selected Easter Excerpts Sung in Slavonic


    Artos

    In the Byzantine Catholic Church it is the custom for a single loaf of blessed bread (Greek Artos) to be placed on the tetrapod throughout Bright Week in memory of the Risen Christ, before it is shared out among the whole congregation. To hear more, play the audio below


    BRIGHT WEEK

    Week is the first week following the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is celebrated each year at Pascha. It ends the following Sunday, the Sunday of St. Thomas. For Eastern Christians Bright Week begins a period of celebration that continues for fifty days until Pentecost. This celebration includes the practice of the faithful joyously greeting each other with the salutation of “Christ is Risen”, followed by the response “Indeed He is Risen”, as the whole of creation is renewed by Our Lord and Savior.

    In churches with a proper icon screen, the services of Bright Week are done with the Royal Doors fully open. This unblocked view of the altar symbolizes the open door of Christ's empty tomb as well as the veil of the Jewish Temple, which was torn apart at the moment Christ died.

    The entire week is considered to be one continuous day and the main reason why fasting is completely prohibited during the week.


    Events/Features


    The Rayner Collection

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    ….  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!


    Coffee Social
    Mother's Day

    Sunday, May 5th, following the 9 AM Divine Liturgy.  List of names:  Using the Mother's Day envelope dated April 28th, please submit the names of mothers, living and deceased, you wish to have read during the Divine Liturgies on May 11th and 12th.   Please submit by May 4th or, 5th to allow time for the list to be prepared.


    Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
    Music of Bortniansky

    Bortniansky (1751 - 1825), is known today for his liturgical works and his prolific contributions to the genre of choral concertos. Fr. Yuriy Oros will celebrate the Liturgy with the Theoria Chamber Choir singing the choral responses as composed by Dmitry Bortniansky. This promises to be a most memorable liturgical experience. Please join Fr. Yuriy and the Choir under the direction of Andrew Skitko at St. Mary's in Trenton (411 Adeline St) on Saturday May 11th at 4pm.


    Bulletins


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    Stay in Touch With Tim

     

    Write to Tim: Tim Fariss, Byzantine Catholic Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214