church interior with altar and icons

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 Very Reverend Father Alex Shuter, Pastor

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Divine Liturgy is being streamed live, via YouTube.
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11 AM Sunday mornings and on
Tuesday, Wednessday and Thursday at 8:30am.


Confession is available before Divine Liturgy
or by appointment


Link to the music for Divine Liturgy

Divine Liturgy, July 21, 2024
Ordinary Sunday, Tone 8


The Sign of the Cross (audio)


This Week's Liturgical Scripture Readings
Beginning July 21, 2024


5:15 pm
-------Bible Study------


9th Sunday
after Pentecost

10:40 Third Hour

11am Divine Liturgy

1 Cor 4:9-16
Mt 14:22-34
10th Week after Pentecost


1 Cor 15:12-19
Mt 21:18-22


8:30am Divine Liturgy

1 Cor 15:29-38
Mt 21:23-27


8:30am Divine Liturgy
followed by
Moleben to the Theotokos


----Chant Camp---
A summer offering

Rom 8:28-39
Jn 15:167-16:2


8:30am Divine Liturgy

6pm Rosary

Gal 4:22-31 Lk 8:16-21


2 Cor 1:12-20 Mt 22:23-33


Rom 15:30-33 Mt 17:24-18:4


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!


Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
114 Palace Lane Williamsburg, VA 23185