Who We Are
Greetings to all! As part of our outreach to the community, we would like to greet and to introduce ourselves to you by encouraging you to explore our new website. You will see here some statements regarding the Orthodox Christian faith in general, and some reflections on what it means to pray at the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in South Philadelphia in particular.
For those of you who have never visited our parish, we welcome you to come and visit anytime and at your convenience. You will find a parish community devoted to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to our neighbors in South and greater Philadelphia. Moreover, we welcome people of all backgrounds to pray with us. Today, all the services are in English, but for one example, and our community consists of parishioners of various backgrounds and histories.
The central aspect of any Christian community is prayer and, upon visiting us, you will find that our prayer life is grounded in the Scriptures and informed by all the prayers of those who have come before us. The Orthodox Church has a deep and abiding Tradition, which we trace to the Apostles themselves. Our prayer life is one of praise and we intend it to be a beautiful offering to the Lord. Moreover, our community life, although centered in Christ’s Church, extends beyond as well. This means that we do not exist separately from our community; and, as such, we would welcome you to inform us of your needs and wishes. The beauty of Orthodox Christianity is that we are all called to pray for the salvation of the world and for all those therein. This means that we pray for you fully aware of Jesus' love and mercy, and of His wish that all might be one in Him.
Of course, these few words can only do so much with regard to introducing ourselves. You might best comprehend and grasp Orthodox worship and prayer by simply attending a Divine Liturgy. “Come and See!” is the rallying call around which we like to invite our beloved guests to encounter Christ in the Orthodox Church. For those of you who might be looking for a home, we would pray and hope that Holy Assumption might be such a place for you, and for those who would like simply to visit or read about our Church, may God bless you!
Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church
Great Vespers: Saturday 5:00 PM
Reading of the Hours: Sunday 9:30 AM
Divine Liturgy: Sunday 10:00 AM
Monthly Panikhida: 1st Sunday of the Month (after Divine Liturgy)
Bible Study: 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Church Life Discussion: 4th Sunday of the Month (NO Classes during July or August)
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Philadelphia and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.