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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

Icon of the Ascension

Icons are a beautiful form of spiritual and artistic expression commonly found in eastern churches Each icon tells a story, through images, about important events in the bible and in the church.

The joyous icon above represents the feast day for which this parish is named - The Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, into heaven - as told in the Book of Acts. In this image, Jesus' right hand is raised in blessing, and his left hand holds a scroll, reminding us of Jesus' role as teacher and that He is the ultimate source of knowledge.

Liturgy Schedule

Sunday 10:40am Third Hour
Sunday 11:00am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday Divine Liturgy at 8:30 am

Wednesday Diviine Liturgy at 8:30 am

Thursday Divine Liturgy at 8:30 am

** Weekday schedule is subject to change. Please refer to the weekly bulletin.


HOLY DAYS at 8:30 am (unless otherwise noted.) Please check the current Bulletin for any changes.


Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - Fridays during Great Lent at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple lenten meal in St. Philip's Hall


Friday February 16 at 5:30 pm

Friday February 23 at 5:30 pm

Friday March 1 at 5:30 pm

Friday March 8 at 5:30 pm

Friday March 15 at 5:30 pm

Friday March 22 at 5:30 pm

Holy Tuesday, April 4 at 7 pm, with Holy Anointing


Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a service unique to the Eastern Church and the Byzantine Rite. It is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when then the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated. The word "presanctified" indicates that the "gifts" (the Body and Blood of Christ) which are distributed at the service are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist. Historically, we know for a fact that the per-sanctified liturgy itself was used as early as 692 when it was decreed by the Council of Trullo that the liturgy would be served during the weekdays of Lent. We also have record of pre-sanctified being celebrated as early as the early 600s in writings of St. Gregory the Dialogust.

2024 Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

---------- Sunday, March 24 ----------
11:00 a.m. - Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy

---------- Monday, March 25 ----------
Annunciation of the Theotokos
8:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy

---------- Tuesday, March 26 ----------
6:00 p.m. – Confessions
7:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts with Holy Anointing

---------- Thursday, March 28 ----------
7:00 p.m. – Holy Thursday Vespers & Divine Liturgy

---------- Friday, March 29 ----------
8:00 p.m. - Good Friday Burial Vespers

---------- Saturday, March 30 ----------
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vigil & Private Devotions at the Tomb of Our Lord Jesus Christ

---------- Easter Sunday, ----------
---------- Pascha March 31 -------------

10:00 a.m. – Matins of the Resurrection
11:00 a.m. – Easter Divine Liturgy
Afterward – Blessing of Easter Baskets