OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite

Slava Isusu Christu!   Slava Na Viki!   -   Glory to Jesus Christ!   Glory Forever!


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


ALL PUBLIC LITURGICAL SERVICES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED AND INACCESSIBLE THROUGH 4/30/20.

All weekday and Sunday services will temporarily be celebrated without our parishioners being present (e.g. privately celebrated).

We will celebrate the Divine Liturgies and other services on behalf of and for all of you - especially for the sick and their healthcare providers.

All educational programs are suspended except for online education. Every subject of the Bishop of Passaic is dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend the Divine Liturgy for March 22 and March 29.

Divine law still requires us to keep holy the Lord's Day by prayer and avoiding unnecessary work. The Bishop cannot dispense from the Divine law.


See this week's bulletin for a wealth of information on each day of Holy Week as well as prayers for these times and a puzzle or two for solving! Click Here to View/Download
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A Message from Fr Yuriy and Fr Vasyl

Our Dear People,

We greet you during these trying times hoping you, our parishioners, your families and friends are safe and well.  Know that while we cannot be together, you remain in our hearts and prayers.  We look forward to the time when we can again, as a parish, pray to the Lord! 

Between now and then, please remember, be comforted and have hope that “Christ is among us!  He is, and always shall be!

Prayerfully, Fr. Yuriy Fr. Vasyl


In difficult times, Christians have always endured by the grace of God and their love for each other. Our prayers and support for one another set us apart and make the difference. Likewise, OLPH needs our support. Without Liturgical celebrations and the generous contributions that accompany our worship, OLPH has no means of replacing that income.

Please help with whatever you can so that OLPH can continue to meet its financial obligations during this time of disruption. No help is too small.

Contributions can be mailed PO BOX 777, Levittown, PA 19058-0777.  God bless you for your generosity and your continued support.


Correction

No Palm Sunday Blessing

There will not be any blessing of palms and pussy willows on this coming Palm Sunday as previously indicated.

The Church will be closed and inaccessible through April 30.


Palm Sunday

This Sunday commemorates the triumphant entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The people of Jerusalem received Christ as a king, and, therefore, took branches of palms and went out to meet Him, laying down the palms in His path. The people cried out the prophecy of Zechariah: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel" (v. 13; of Zechariah 9:9).

The celebration of the Jewish Passover brought crowds of Jews and converted Jews to Jerusalem. They had heard of the works and words of Christ, especially about the resurrection of Lazarus. All the events related to Christ had a Messianic meaning for the Jews at the time. This vexed the high priests and Pharisees. As usual, Christ went to the Temple to pray and teach. That evening Christ departed for Bethany. The tradition of the Church of distributing palms on this Sunday comes from the act of the people in placing the branches of palms in front of Christ, and henceforth symbolizes for the Christian the victory of Christ over evil forces and death.


Holy Week Text and Music

Even though Holy Week and Easter services will not be publicly celebrated, you can still partake of them at home. The Archdiocesan Metropolitan Cantor Institute has text and music for the Holy Week and Ester Services on its web site. Click the link below to access/download them.

Palm Sunday propers for Divine Liturgy: Palm Sunday

If you would like to pray Vespers Sunday evening:
Palm Sunday Vespers reader service

If you are following along with streaming services for Bridegroom Matins on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Bridegroom Matins

Matins for Holy Thursday: Holy Thursday Matins

If you are following along at home for Vespers with Divine Liturgy Thursday evening: Holy Thursday Vesper Liturgy

Praying Matins on Good Friday at home:
Holy Friday Matins reader service

Or following an online Good Friday Matins service: Holy Friday Matins

For praying the Royal Hours  Holy Friday Royal Hours

For Following along for Vespers Good Friday:
Holy Friday Vespers

Matins Holy Saturday: Holy Saturday Matins

Vespers with Divine Liturgy Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday Vesper Liturgy

If following along at home: Matins: Pascha Matins
Divine Liturgy:Pascha Divine Liturgy

If praying Pascha Matins at home: 
Paschal Matins reader service

To pray the Hours and Agape Vespers Pascha and Bright Week at home: Paschal Hours reader service

To pray  Agape Vespers  on Pascha Agape Vespers reader service


Liturgy on Line

While we cannot gather in our church, there are multiple opportunities to “attend” liturgy virtually.  Click Here for Live Streaming Information


Stay Connected!

Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected as a parish family.  Please call, connect on line or, use other technologies to minimize the isolation that can be caused by social distancing.  While we cannot be together in our church home, we can still support each other as we always have.  


During these troubled times, may we be comforted by the words of the Troparion of the Cross:  Save your people O Lord, and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to your Church over evil, and protect your people by your cross

Events/Features


….  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!


Rev. Yuriy Oros, Administrator
Contact Number: (908) 381-2764

Should you have any pastoral needs, concerns, sick calls, funerals, liturgy intentions, etc. please call Fr. Yuriy at 908-381-2764.  Please leave a message if Father is not available and he will return your call as soon as possible.  Father will then either address your request, concern, or, need or, he will forward it to Fr. Vasyl.


Genealogy Conference

A Genealogy Conference “Discover Your Roots” will be held at St. Mary Parish Center,335 Adeline Street Trenton, NJ, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Guest speakers are genealogists who specialize in Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn, and German ancestral research. Details will follow.


Contacting You!

We would like to update our parish records. Click below to update/share your contact information

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for the online form


Bulletins


Click Here for the Present and Past Sunday Bulletins


Stay in Touch with Tim

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