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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

Celebrating 30 Blessed Years!

Williamsburg Virginia


The Reverend Father Alex Shuter, Pastor

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This Week's Liturgical Scripture Readings

Beginning September 15, 2019


After Exaltation
of the Cross
Gal 2:16-20 Mk 8:34-9:1
15th week after Pentecost
Gal 2:11-16 Lk 3:19-22
Tuesday Gal 2:21-3:7 Lk 3:23-4:1
Gal 3:15-22 Lk 4:1-15
Gal 3:23-4:5 Lk 4:16-22
Friday Gal 4:8-21 Lk 4:22-30
Saturday 1 Cor 1:26-29 Jn 8:21-30

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!