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!


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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 September

  • Sept 8 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 13th Sunday After Pentecost and Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
  • Sept 13- 7:00pm – Vigil Liturgy Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
  • Sept 15 - 11:30am Divine Liturgy for the Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

  • Sept 21 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 15th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Sept 22 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 15th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Sept 28 - 5:30pm –Vigil Liturgy 16th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Sept 29 - 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 16th Sunday After Pentecost
  • 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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    Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as you loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and his mercy is from age to age on those who love him. Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation, we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


    Please Note Schedule Changes

    During Father Vasyl's Vacation, please note the times for Divine Liturgies as referenced at the left. The schedule reverts to normal by the 21st of September.


    Very Rev. Edward J. Higgins,


    Should you have any pastoral needs or, concerns, sick calls, funerals, liturgy intentions, etc. please call Fr. Higgins at 215-334-5129.  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.  

     


    Saturday and Sunday Before the Feast of the Holy Cross

    Today's Sunday is the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and provides an opportunity for faithful Christians to honor the precious and life-giving Cross and our Lord's sacrificial crucifixion,

    In today's Gospel by John (John 3:13- 17), Christ foretells us about His Crucifixion, He tells us that the same way that Moses raised the snake in the desert, He too must be raised and sacrificed in order for all of those who believe in Him to obtain eternal life, Christ in this gospel reading uses this example from the Old Testament, in order to help his disciples understand the events that will follow, His passion and ultimately his Crucifixion,

    In today's Gospel our Lord emphasizes to us, that everyone who believes in him will not be lost, but instead, will be granted, by the merciful God eternal life, Our Lord's words are clear: "Therefore who ever believes in Him will not be lost, but will have eternal life" (John 3,16), He emphasizes this point to show us that in order for us to be saved, His mercy and love are not enough, as we also need our faith in Him, Our faith is the one thing we have control over and is a prerequisite for our salvation.

    The second Gospel reading is Luke 10: 38-42 and 11 :27-28, In Luke 10: 38-42 we hear about Jesus' visit t to Martha and Mary, Martha provides hospitality while Mary listens to Jesus' teachings, Martha complains that Mary neglecting her duties & asks Jesus to instruct her to help, Jesus thus responds that Mary has chosen the better activity, In essence, hearing the word of God & spreading the Good News as a disciple is more important. In Luke 11 :27-28, "a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you: and Jesus replies, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it:


    Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos


    On September 8 the Church  celebrates the most holy human  birth, the birth of the Theotokos,  who was elect and sanctified from  the moment of conception.  

    According to the sacred tradition of  the Church, the Theotokos was born  of barren and aged parents, Saints Joachim and Anna. Saint  Joachim was descended from the holy line of Prophet-King  David, of the tribe of Judah. Saint Anna was of the priestly  tribe of Levi. Saints Joachim and Anna were childless for  many years but they continued steadfastly to beseech the  Lord that He would show mercy on them and remove this  burden. At that time, being childless was considered a  reproach and a humiliation.

    One day, when Saint Joachim  came to the temple to make an offering, he was turned away  by the High Priest who chastised him for his lack of  children. To hide his shame, the Saint retreated to the hill  country to pray. There he remained for a long time in  constant prayer and remembrance of how God had given  Patriarch Abraham offspring in his old age. He remained  away for so long that Saint Anna was afraid she would  never see him again.

    As Saint Joachim was praying in the  hill country, his wife, Saint Anna was praying at the same  time at their house in Jerusalem. Archangel Gabriel  appeared to both of them and announced that Saint Anna  would have a child whose name would be known  throughout the world. He commanded Saint Joachim to  return to his home in Jerusalem and the Archangel told him  that Saint Anna would be waiting for him at the Golden  Gate.

    When Saint Anna saw her husband approaching she  ran to him giving thanks to the Lord. The barrenness of  Saints Joachim and Anna was overcome and they brought  forth the Mother of God; This Feast is a source of hope  and great joy for all Christians. Saints Joachim and Anna  were freed from their sterility and brought into this world  the Mother of God, showing us that our sterile nature can  bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Not only through the  prayers of Saints Joachim and Anna is our spiritual  barrenness dispelled, but many childless couples that have  turned in prayer to Saints Joachim and Anna have been  blessed with children.

    Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14

    The two timbers on which the Messiah died to save the world, priceless beyond measure, form the most familiar and beloved symbol in a world full of symbols and emblems. For nearly three hundred years after his death the Cross was buried in obscurity, eventually to be salvaged through the efforts of a devout Byzantine emperor and his mother. The Emperor Constantine the Great was not only the first Christian emperor, but, together with his mother, has been honored with sainthood. His mother is honored for her determined efforts in the cause of Christianity. It was Constantine who beheld a vision in the sky in which were emblazoned the words 'en touto Nika', translating into "In this Sign Conquer," etched across a brilliant cross of Jesus Christ.


    Ordering that all the shields of his army bear the sign of the Cross, Constantine went on to subdue the enemies of the state and to establish the Christian faith, which has outlived his empire and will endure forever. Helen, the mother of Constantine and a saint of the Church, had the full support of her son when she decided to recover the cross of Christ, and although nearly three hundred years had elapsed since the Crucifixion, she was optimistic in her resolve to find the Cross and return it to the city of Constantinople.


    After months of diligent search, painstakingly following every historic clue as to its whereabouts, Helen and her dedicated group of searchers discovered the Cross on 14 September 325 AD in the vicinity of Golgotha, where it had been buried in the dust of the centuries.


    On the spot where the Cross was discovered there was found to grow a previously unknown flower of rare beauty and fragrance which has been named Vasiliko (Basil), meaning the flower of royalty, out of respect to the Dowager Queen who led the expedition. This flower, since that memorable day over 1600 years ago, has been the official flower of the Eastern Christian Church.


    With the sign of the Cross so much in evidence in the daily life of a Christian, the celebration seems to extend over every minute of every day of every year, but the official days underscore the magnitude of the Cross in the Christian concept.

     


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