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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 everlasting meaning of The Ascension of Our Lord Feast (pdf)
A lesson of five "take-aways"


The Very Reverend Father Alex Shuter, Pastor

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11 AM Sunday mornings and on
Tuesday, Wednessday and Thursday at 8:30am.


All Souls Saturdays

The Church always prays for the faithful departed. Certain Saturdays are set aside to commemorate the departed souls and they are called “All Souls Saturdays”: February 11, March 4, March 11, March18, March and May 27. At Ascension, Divine Liturgy is celebrated on the Sunday immediately following these dates.

Liturgy is celebrated for all the deceased faithful – followed by a Panachida prayer service during which time, the names of the departed are read publicly. This venerable custom was transmitted to us by our ancestors as a part of our beautiful spir­itual heritage.

Every year, parishioners are given the opportunity to update the names of their de­parted loved ones (Hramoty) with the request that they be included at the service for the deceased on the All Souls days. The Hramoty Book listing the names of the departed will be placed at the entrance to the church for adding family members to be remembered.

If your family does not have a page in the book, and you want to be included, please provide the names of the departed by using the card provided in your new book of Ascension envelopes, you will find a January 8, 2023 envelope marked Hramoty - All Souls Saturdays. Behind this envelope, you will find an All Souls “In Memory Of:" card. Enter the names of your deceased loved ones on this card and enclose in envelope and place in Sunday offering basket.


Link to the music for Divine Liturgy:

Divine Liturgy propers,
January 29, 2023


Week's Icon Image


The Sign of the Cross (audio)


This Week's Liturgical Scripture Readings
Beginning January 29, 2023



11am Typica

2 Tim 3:10-15
Lk 18:10-14
34th Week after Pentecost


Heb 13:7-16
Mt 5:14-19


Moleben to
the Theotokos

2 Peter 2:9-22
Mk 13:14-23


Moleben to
the Theotokos

2 Peter 3:1-18
Mk 13:24-31


Bible Reflection

6pm Rosary

Heb 7:7-17
Lk 2:22-40


Heb 9:11-14 Lk 2:25-38


2 Tim 3:1-9
Lk 20:46-21:4

Lectionary of the Byzantine Church for the entire year


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