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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church


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The Reverend Father Alex Shuter, Pastor

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2019 Holy Week & Easter Schedule

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Sunday, April 14
11:00 a.m. - Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, April 16
6:00 p.m. – Confessions
7:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts with Holy Anointing
Thursday, April 18
7:00 p.m. – Holy Thursday Vespers & Divine Liturgy
Friday, April 19
8:00 p.m. - Good Friday Burial Vespers
Saturday, April 20
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vigil & Private Devotions at the Tomb of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Easter Sunday, Pascha April 21
10:00 a.m. – Matins of the Resurrection
11:00 a.m. – Easter Divine Liturgy
Afterward – Blessing of Easter Baskets


Ascension Men's Club St. Joseph Educational Grant

Applicant must have completed and submitted the Grant Application including all additional documents (letters, essays, transcripts) requested by the Deadline Date of June 30 2019.

Link to the Guidelines and Application
to the Grant: Grant Guidelines & Application


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This Week's Liturgical Scripture Readings

Beginning April 14, 2019


Palm Sunday
Phil 4:4-9 Jn 12:1-18
Holy Week
Holy Monday Ex 1:1-20;
Job 1:1-12
Mt 24:3-35
Holy Tuesday
Ex 2:5-10
Job 13-22
Mt 24:36-26:2
Holy Wednesday Ex 2:11-22
Job 1:13-22
Mt 26:6-18
Holy Thursday Is 50:4-11;
1 Cor 11:23-32
Mt 26:2-20;
Jn 13:3-17
Mt 26:31-39;
Lk 22:43-45
Mt 26:40-27:2
Good Friday
Is 52:13-54:1
1 Cor 1:18-2:2
Mt 27:1-38;
Lk 23:39-44
Mt 27:39-54;
Jn 19:31-37
Mt 27:55-61
Rom 6:3-11 Mt 28:1-20

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!