OLPH Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Byzantine Catholic Church

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


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 March

  • Mar 23 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy for the 3rd Sunday of the Great Fast, Veneration of the Cross
  • Mar 24 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy
  • Mar 25 - 7:00pm – Divine Liturgy - Feast of the Annunciation
  • Mar 27 - 12:00 Noon - Mid-Lent, Lenten Moleben
  • Mar 29 - 7:00pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
  • Mar 30 - 9:00apm – 3rd All Souls Saturday, Liturgy for the Deceased with the reading of the Hramoty
  • Mar 30 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy for the 4th Sunday of the Great Fast, St. John Climacus
  • Mar 31 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy
  • 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. Also, Fr. Higgins will also be available to hear confessions prior to the start of Friday’s Presanctified Liturgy.



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    The 3RD Sunday of the Fast
    The Veneration of the Cross

    As we approach mid-fast, the Church presents the cross this week to remind us of the goal of our journey and as the symbol of victory that awaits. There can be no resurrection without first enduring the cross.

     

    To understand the Sign of the Cross, we need to look or begin with our right hand: The thumb, the index and the middle finger of the right hand are joined together, while the fourth and little fingers are joined and bent in the palm of the hand. The three fingers joined together express our Faith in the Holy Trinity: One God in three divine Persons. The two fingers joined together in the palm of the hand signify that there are two natures in Christ. He is truly God and truly Man united in the Incarnation of one divine person: Jesus Christ. When we make the “The Sign of the Cross”, we proclaim our Faith in the Redemption (i.e. that we are saved by the redeeming action of our Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our salvation, that we might dwell with Him in His Kingdom forever).  

    "We bow to your Cross O Lord, and we glorify your holy resurrection"

    "Save your people O Lord and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to your Church over evil and protect your people by your cross"


    The Feast of the Annunciation

    The Incarnation, it has been rightly said, “was not only the work of the Father, of His Power and His Spirit, it was also the work of the will and the faith of the Virgin.” On the Feast of the Annunciation, therefore, the Church commemorates not only the divine initiative, but also the human response, whereby Mary freely accepted the vocation set before her. Click Here to read more or play the audio below.

    About the Icon: In the center of the icon, a scroll on a stand reminds us of the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah that a virgin shall bear a child. The Angel Gabriel (on the left) points to Mary, with his hand centered over the scroll, as fulfillment of that prophecy. Mary, on the right, holds a spool of woolen yarn: as the sheep give their wool to clothe us, so she will give her flesh and blood to clothe the Son of God in a garment of humanity.


    Why Do We Wear a Cross?

    In pre-Christian times, the Cross was the instrument of a shameful and horrible death. The ancient Romans invented it and used it everywhere in order to intimidate the people whom they had dominated. Everyone looked on this instrument of execution the shameful Cross with horror. But a remarkable change took place with respect to the Cross after Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on it.

    The Lord suffered and died on the Cross. He took horrible sufferings upon Himself in order to save us from sins. The Cross received great glory, such as no other object made by the hands of man has possessed. The Cross became the sign of our salvation, through which we receive the power of God the grace of God. The Cross is the first and greatest Christian sacred object. When the priest sanctifies water, he immerses the Cross in it, and the water becomes holy. When we wear the Cross, our body constantly touches it, and from this touch it, too, is sanctified. The Cross that we wear protects us from all kinds of danger.

    One ought not to look upon the Cross as some kind of jewelry like a bracelet or brooch. The Cross must adorn our soul and not our clothing, and must constantly remind us that we are Byzantine Catholic Christians, called to live according to our faith, which is founded on the Savior's sufferings on the Cross.


    James T. Snyder, son of Kathleen
    fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. 

    Born in Hazleton, James has been a life long resident of Lower Bucks County and was a 1973 graduate of Pennsbury High School. He had attended Kutztown University. James played football and wrestling while he was in high school and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He was employed in the National Tube Division of US Steel Fairless Works for 10 years. Beloved son of Kathleen M. (Mehallic) and the late James L. Snyder, James is the loving brother of David W., Sharon L. Muller (Gilbert), and Darren K. Snyder (Tamara). He will also be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Jason, Justin, Jeremy, Astrid, Kirstin and Cameron; one great nephew; one great niece; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was 63. Please remember him and the family in your prayers.


    The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian:

    O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter.

    Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.

    O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen

    During the period of holy and Great Lent, the prayer written by St. Ephrem is said frequently. It is truly a prayer on which each and every one of us should carefully mediate, as in many ways it reflects the pattern of our own everyday lives. Allow the prayer into your heart and mind, meditate upon it, and it will inevitable speak to you in some way or another.

    In fact it is a like a warning to us; we need to spiritually be on our guard, avoiding the temptations that each day brings, and making amends for our failings, first by recognizing them, and then bringing them before our Lord God with humility and contrition.


    The Jesus Prayer

    "O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
    Have mercy on me a sinner"

    This prayer has the potential to transform your consciousness and bring you closer to God. It is a prayer rooted deeply in the tradition of the Church. It is a prayer to be repeated over and over, many times. You can begin to develop the use of this prayer by incorporating a number of repetitions in your daily prayer rule. It is a simple prayer and you can learn to say it everywhere and at any time. In fact, your aim should be to make it an unending prayer. In this way your whole life becomes a life of prayer.

    Click Here to read more or play the audio below


    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!


    Help Clean the Church

    Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13th (Lazarus Saturday), to help clean the Church.  We are looking to dust pews, sweep beneath them in addition to cleaning the aisles and bathrooms etc. More hands means that we will be able to finish more quickly!  Thank you in advance for helping! 


    Fr Myron's Address

    You can mail cards and letters to Fr Myron at 922 S. Woodbourne Rd ,Suite 417, Levittown PA 19057 and they will be forwarded to him. He Greatly appreciates them and all your prayers.


    Bulletins


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    Stay in Touch With Tim

     

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