Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-25
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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (502) 425-7775
  • Street Address:

  • 930 Ormsby Lane

  • Louisville, KY 40242

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros - Sunday 8:450am

Divine Liturgy- Sunday 10:00am

Past Bulletins

Saints and Feasts

April 25

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

April 25

Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

Mark was an idolater from Cyrene of Pentapolis, which is near Libya. Having come to the Faith of Christ through the Apostle Peter, he followed him to Rome. While there, at the prompting of Peter himself and at the request of the Christians living there, he wrote his Gospel in Greek, and it is second in order after Matthew's. Afterwards, travelling to Egypt, he preached the Gospel there and was the first to establish the Church in Alexandria. The idolaters, unable to bear his preaching, seized him, bound him with ropes, and dragged him through the streets until he, cut to pieces on rocks, gave up his soul. It is said that he completed his life in martyrdom about the year 68. He is depicted in holy icons with a lion next to him, one of the living creatures mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), and a symbol of Christ's royal office, as Saint Irenaeus of Lyons writes.

If April 25 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. Mark is translated to Bright Tuesday.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 1st Tone

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 4th Tone

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."

Message from Fr. Jon


Pastoral Message from the April Beacon


My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10-95.

Canadians:    Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the captain of a US Navy ship, I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: This is the Aircraft Carrier US LINCOLN, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied with three Destroyers, three Cruisers and numerous support vessels. I DEMAND that you change your course 15 degrees north. I say again, that’s one-five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

This may seem humorous, and it is, when the conversation is between a ship and a lighthouse. But, what about when secular humanity is the ship and God’s church is the lighthouse?

It’s almost a daily occurrence that someone says to me, “that’s the Orthodox perspective.” This is usually said when one doesn’t agree with us.  Whether it be about the mysteries, i.e. Holy Eucharist or Holy Confession; traditions, like Holy Icons or Fasting; or, ethics and morality of contemporary modern issues of our society, like stem cell research, etc.  “Perspective” implies that diversity of opinion can result in multiple truths.  I love what Plato says regarding this, “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”

God’s church is the lighthouse - His uncreated light that is the beacon therein.  The church is built upon “the rock” of faith.  It is unmovable; it is truth.

This world will continuously ask us to “divert our course” to accommodate what it believes is truth.  The demand will come in such conviction and belief that we may even begin to have doubts.  The opinions of those who lack knowledge become “truths” for those unwilling to recognize what truly is. And what truly is?  He is!  Truth is truth—there is no opinion or diversity.

So where do we reside? In the lighthouse with the truth? Or, on the ship asking for accommodation?  It’s our choice!

In His Service,

Fr. Jon


Upcoming Events

Holy Week and Pascha


Holy Week and Pascha Services

Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy

Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy currently has RSVP’s that put the seating at capacity.  If you have reserved a seat, your reservation will be held until 10:15am.  For those who have not RSVP’ed, seats that are not yet taken will be made available at 10:15am.  If we are at capacity, the front doors will be propped open for those who wish to stand outside to participate in the service.


Holy Friday Evening

A reservation request will be sent out asking for you to RSVP if you are attending.  If you have reserved a seat, your reservation will be held until 6:30pm.  For those who have not RSVP’ed, seats that are not yet taken will be made available at 6:30pm.  If we are over capacity, the front doors of the Church will be propped open for those who wish to stand outside to participate in the service.


Flower Girls (Myrofores) will participate in the procession only.  In the past, the invitation was extended for guests of the parish to be allowed to participate as Flower Girls – this year, due to the social distancing guidelines, we are asking that we do not invite guests to participate as to keep our numbers manageable.  The Flower girls will not sit together, but will remain with their families prior to and following the procession.  Please let me know if your daughter(s) will participate and a basket will be prepared (only those that have responded will have a prepared basket).


Resurrection Service (Holy Saturday Night)

The Resurrection Service will take place outdoors.  After the Resurrection Service, those will reservations will be seated first and then any empty spots will be filled.


All Holy Week Services except Holy Friday Evening and Holy Saturday Night

Seating will first come, first seated.  These beautiful services are often under attended and there is no reason to predict that this year will be unlike others.  The capacity of the seating is 20 locations with 65 persons.  If you would like to be assured a seat, be at the church before service is scheduled to begin.


Pasha Lamb Roast and Community Pot-Luck Open-House

Following the Agape Vespers (12 Noon on Pascha), the community will have a Pot-Luck Open-House for our members to be together in fellowship. The Parish will provide roasted lamb and pork (and Hot Dogs).  Tables and chairs will be brought outside so that the entire event can be socially distant and safe. There will also be an Easter Egg event for the kids! Being a dish and come for a few minutes or hours! (Note: this event if for the parishioners of the church.  In the past, we have invited guests to attend, but due to our current year challenges, this event is an internal fellowship event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.)



Service Schedule:

10:00 AM  Palm Sunday Morning – Festal Divine Liturgy

6:00 PM  Palm Sunday Evening – Matins of Holy Monday (Bridegroom Service)

6:00 PM  Holy Monday Evening – Matins of Holy Tuesday (Bridegroom Service)

6:00 PM  Holy Tuesday Evening – Matins of Holy Wednesday (Bridegroom Service)

4:00 PM  Holy Wednesday Afternoon – Holy Unction Service

6:00 PM  Holy Wednesday Evening – Matins of Holy Thursday (Last Supper)

8:00 AM  Holy Thursday Morning – Vesperal Divine Liturgy (Institution of the Holy Eucharist)

6:00 PM  Holy Thursday Evening – Matins of Holy Friday (12 Passion Gospels)

3:00 PM  Holy Friday Afternoon – Un-nailing Service (Apokathelosis)

6:00 PM  Holy Friday Evening – Matins of Holy Saturday (Epitaphios/Lamentations Service)

10:00 AM  Holy Saturday Morning – Vesperal Divine Liturgy

11:30 PM  Holy Saturday Night – Resurrection Service and Paschal Divine Liturgy

12:00 Noon  Great and Holy Pascha Afternoon – Agape Vespers

Sunday School


Dear parents,
This is just a friendly reminder regarding Sunday School.  We are very excited to be able to deliver religious education over Zoom this year.
If you haven't registered, don't worry, your children can still attend!
Class Schedule:
6th Grade - 12th Grade (12:00 noon -12:30 p.m.)
1st - 6th Grade (12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Preschool - Kindergarden (1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Zoom link below:

Meeting ID: 502 425 7775
Passcode: 930
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If there are any questions please contact Chuck at 502.264.7728 or

Assumption Covid Guidelines


Assumption Covid Guidelines


Before Coming to Church

  • †  Consider your risk.  Those who are at risk (persons with pre-existing health conditions and those over the age of 65) are strongly encouraged to stay at home.
  • †  Assess your health.  Anyone who is currently experiencing any symptoms of illness must stay at home.
  • †  Make sure you have a mask. (Masks for children under the age of 7 are not required but preferred. Note: Children 2 and under should not wear masks.)


Upon Arrival at Divine Liturgy

A Parish Council Member will greet you to:

  • †  Verify all who enter the church have a mask.
  • †  Take your temperature with a touchless thermometer (anyone with a temperature of 100.5° or above will not be permitted to enter).
  • †  Open the door and direct you to your seat. Hand Sanitizer is available at Candle Stand.


At Divine Liturgy

  • †  The Icons will remain on the Solea.  One may bow to show respect.  Please do not kiss any icon.
  • †  Seating (social distanced at 6 feet apart) will numbered and assigned.
  • †  There will be no choir. (Chanter only)
  • †  No paper bulletins will be distributed.  Bulletins will continue to be sent electronically.
  • †  No liturgical books will be in the pews.
  • †  Holy Communion procedures, given by the Metropolis of Detroit are listed below.
  • †  No tray will be passed (the tray will be at the candle stand).
  • †  Antidoron will be distributed in plastic bags. The hand of the priest is not to be venerated with a kiss.  One may bow to show respect.


General Applicable Guidelines

  • †  Capacity is determined by social distancing of family units (distance of at least 6 feet).
  • †  Fellowship groups, religious education and any other meetings that are typically held on church grounds will be primarily virtual (Zoom).
  • †  The priest may offer pastoral counsel and provide the sacraments of Communion, Unction, and Confession on an appointment basis. Proper precautions for limiting contact and proximity must be observed.
  • †  Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals may also be conducted according to these guidelines.
  • †  No one is allowed be in any church facility without the express permission of the priest.


 Holy Communion Procedures (Metropolis of Detroit)

It is clearly understood that the Holy Communion is the very Body and Blood of Christ which cannot be tainted by any harmful thing, and that those who receive it with proper intent of mind and heart cannot be harmed by it. However, for the pastoral reason that we do not want people to allow their fear of the coronavirus to separate them from the chalice, clergy are to drop the sacrament into the opened mouths of the faithful, being careful that the spoon not come into contact with the person. If accidental contact with the individual is made, the spoon will be immediately sanitized by dipping it in grain alcohol (140 proof or more) for at least 30 seconds, dipping it in a rinse of water, and wiping it dry prior to the next use.

Livestreaming Services

For the next few weeks, Livestreaming our services on Facebook will be the new normal.  It is truly important that we, as the Body of Christ, continue to pray together during these trying times.
You do not need to register with Facebook to watch our livestream or view the daily video postings that have been uploaded. (In order to post, “like,” or comment, you must be “on” Facebook.)  One merely needs to navigate to the page and scroll down.  Facebook will have a pop-up asking you to register, but you need not register. I do not have Facebook, nor will I register.
Click on this link ( and bookmark our page in your browser.  Faith is foundational in our lives and, when so many thinks around us are changing, it is steadfast.  I have offered thanksgiving to God that we have such great technology for our faithful to stay connected.

Orthodox Bible Study

Bible Study is an opportunity for us to apply the Scriptures to our everyday lives. The Bible is the “Good News” that enriches our faith and deepens our understanding of every issue that we face. This can only be done through obtaining the mind of the Holy Fathers. Let the scripture come alive in your life today!!!

The Wednesday Orthodox Bible Study will meet on Wednesday Evenings via ZOOM Teleconference (check calendar or email for link) from 6:00pm-7:30pm (please check calendar to verify times). Make a commitment to learning His Word!

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Kroger Community Rewards®

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· Go to and register your Kroger Plus Card (if you are already registered, click “Sign In” instead of “Create an Account.”)

· Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

· You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

· Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

· Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. If you use your phone number at the register instead of a card, call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

· Update or confirm your information.

· Enter “Assumption” or our NPO number of AT066 and select us from the list and click on confirm.

· If enrollment is complete, you will see Assumption’s name on the right side of your information page.

· That’s it!!! Use your registered Kroger Plus card or phone number at the register and our parish benefits!!!

By registering online, coupons can be electronically attached to your Plus Card. Not only do you help the Church, but you save money. Talk to everyone you know about registering to benefit our parish!!!


Assumption Parish Calendar

  • Assumption Calendar

    April 25 to May 2, 2021

    Sunday, April 25

    9:00AM Orthros of Palm Sunday

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday

    6:00PM Bridegroom Service

    Monday, April 26

    6:00PM Bridegroom Service

    Tuesday, April 27

    6:00PM Bridegroom Service

    Wednesday, April 28

    4:00PM Holy Unction Service

    6:00PM Bridegroom Service of the Last Supper

    Thursday, April 29

    8:00AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Holy Thursday

    6:00PM Service of the 12 Passion Gospels

    Friday, April 30

    3:00PM Apocathelosis (Unnailing Service)

    6:00PM Lamentations Service

    Saturday, May 1

    10:00AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy

    11:30PM Resurrection Service

    Sunday, May 2

    12:00AM Divine Liturgy of Pascha

    12:00PM Great and Holy Pascha Agape Vespers

    1:00PM Community Lamb Roast & Potluck