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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

Williamsburg Virginia

When in VA Beach visit our sister parish,
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church
at 216 S Parliament Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

The Reverend Father Alex Shuter, Pastor

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Divine Liturgy is being streamed live,
11 AM Sunday mornings, via our Facebook.
Please join us from the safety of your home

Also, the church will be open for
private prayer and devotions
Tuesday - Thursday, 9-10 AM PM.

Limited to 22 people in attendance at any one time.

We will be able to accommodate more people in the community hall where Divine Liturgy
will be streamed live to the TV.

Please practice safe hygiene and
separation of at least 6 feet between people.

<<<Plumbing Update>>> [updated 07/11/2020

The plumbing is fixed and restrooms are open.


How To Make A Spiritual Communion (pdf)


& Parish Gift Shop


Being the Church


Please remember to support our parish during these difficult times. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus will not stop the bills from coming in to the church. There are several ways to support your parish.

Checks can be mailed to:
Ascension of Our Lord
PO Box 5096
Williamsburg, VA 23188

You can also support the parish through this website, using the "Donate" button below. Using this method, you can either use a credit card or you can use PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account in order to make a donation through this link.



12 July 2020

6th Sunday After Pentecost

5th Week Icon Image

5th Week message Image


The Sign of the Cross (audio)


This Week's Liturgical Scripture Readings

Beginning July 12, 2020
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Rom 12:6-14 Mt 9:1-8
7th Week
after pentecost
1 Cor 5:9-6:11 Mt 13:54-58
1 Cor 6:20-7:12 Mt 14:1-13
Gal 1:11-19 Jn 10:1-9
1 Cor 7:24-35 Mt 15:12-21
1 Cor 7:35-8:7 Mt 15:29-31
Rom 12:1-3 Mt 10:37-11:1

Lectionary of the Byzantine Church for the entire year


Many people have requested additioinal copies of the 25th Anniversary Divine Liturgy Booklet. A link is provided below, to a PDF edition.

25th Anniversary Divine Liturgy Book (pdf)


About Us

Ascension of Our Lord is a Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The church's ancestral origins are from Eastern (Slavic) Europe. The Byzantine Catholic Church follows the Holy Traditions of the Byzantine East, with roots in Constantinople, while maintaining union with the Catholic church of Rome. All services are conducted in English. Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church are free to receive the Holy Sacraments.

A Brief History

As the first Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church in Southeastern Virginia, the parish family first came together with a Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia on November 4, 1984, when Father John Lazarek began his missionary work. For four years, Fr. Lazarek travelled from Annandale, Virginia, to the Tidewater area to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

In September of 1987, the mission purchased Greensprings Community Chapel. On February 4, 1988, Bishop Michael J. Dudick, D.D., The Eparchy of Pasasaic, granted canonical status to the newly-named Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. On October 25, 1988, Father Edward G. Cimbala was assigned as the parish's first resident pastor.

In October of 1989, Father Edward Cimbala began his missionary work in Virginia Beach by founding Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church while continuing to serve the Williamsburg parish.


Ascension parish has grown from a parish formed to meet the needs of the ethnic Byzantine Catholics of the area into a parish home for many residents who have come to love the Catholic traditions of the Christian East. God has blessed our parish over the years and we look forward to all that He has in store for us in the years to come!

To read more about Byzantine Catholics follow this link.


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!