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Spring Clean Up

Scene from Spring Clean Up

Following Lazarus Saturday Liturgy, parishioners assembled to work on giving the church a facelift for Spring. Wood was polished, windows washed, lightbulbs were changed, in short everyone pitched in to do what was necessary.

Scene from Spring Clean Up

Steve was our main window person.

Scene from Spring Clean Up

Fr. Paul and the altar servers clean the altar and sacristy.

Scene from Spring Clean Up

Several of the ladies work on preparing the palms and pussy willows for Palm Sunday.

Scene from Spring Clean Up

Thanks to all who gave on their time and labors to help get our church ready for Pascha.

Lazarus Saturday

Scene from Lazarus Saturday

On Lazarus Saturday Liturgy is held. It is on this day that we hold First Confession for those children who are of age.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday

Here the gospel concerning the resurrection of Lazarus is read.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday

Great lent officially ends on Lazarus Saturday. The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is celebrated to commemorate the raising of Lazarus. Notice that Fr. Paul is wearing gold vestments. This change in color denotes the resurrectional nature of this service as a prelude to Holy Week. Because of it resurrectional character the hymn as many as have been baptized into Christ is sung. Historically this was a baptismal liturgy.

Annunciation Liturgy

Scene from Annunciation Liturgy.

The Feast of the Annunciation breaks into the Lenten cycle because it is one of the 12 major feast days of the church and is part of the Nativity cycle. March 25th is nine months before Christmas. It commemorates the angel Gabriel visiting the virgin Mary and announcing to her that she was about to become pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Scene from Annunciation Liturgy.

Since it is a feast day the fasting rules are lifted slightly. For Greek Americans this is a special day because this is the day that Greece became independent from the Ottoman Turkish empire in 1821 - 1827.

Scene from Annunciation Liturgy.

The Annunciation falls during Lent, but it is always celebrated with great joy. The Liturgy of St. Basil or St. John Chrysostom is served, even on the weekdays of Lent. It is one of the two days of Great Lent on which the fast is relaxed and fish is permitted (Palm Sunday is the other).

Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

The final joint Pre-sanctified Liturgy for this lent was held at St. Luke Parish.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Protinica Michelle Jannakos leads the choir.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Fr. Vasyl gave the spiritual lesson.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Fr. Paul welcomes all the visiting clergy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Group photo of the clergy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Fr. Paul blesses the meal.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Luke Orthodox Church

Thanks to all who worked so hard at the various parishes to make these Pan Orthodox Pre-sanctified services such a success.

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church hosted the mission Deanery Vespers this week.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

The choir did a wonderful job.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

Protinica Michelle Jannakos gave an interesting talk on missions.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

Fr. Bass blessed the lenten meal.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

The food was great and the fellowship was also. Thanks to St. Elizabeth Parish for an uplifting evening.

Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

This week Pre-sanctified Liturgy was held at Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge. His Grace Bishop Paul was in attendance.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Father Paul gives the homily.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Group photo of the clergy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Father Herman gives the blessing.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Burr Ridge

Thank you to those who worked so hard to prepare this wonderful meal for all.

St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

This Sunday Evening St. Luke Parish hosted the Mission Deanery Vesper Service.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

His Grace Bishop Paul recognizes Fr. Paul as Rector of St. Lukes.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

The homily was on missions.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

His Grace greeted parishioners following the service.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

Bishop Paul gives the blessing.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Mission Deanery Vespers

A delicious meal and fellowship for all.

Sunday Of The Cross

Cross adorned with flowers

The third Sunday of Lent is the half way point of Great Lent. On this Sunday a flower decorated cross is displayed in the center of the sanctuary during the Liturgy.

Scene from service

At the point in the Liturgy when normally "Holy God" is sung it is replaced with "Before Your Cross we bow down and worship You." During this hymn three prostrations are made. They signify our devotion to God and that we have accepted His cross. It is also given as a help to fight off the attacks of the Devil who during Lent wants us to fail in our fast and it helps us to keep our heart pointed toward the Cross and Christ's victory over death at Pascha.

Scene from service

At the end of Liturgy, parishioners venerate the cross.

Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

This week we visited Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church in Palos Park for joint Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Scene from the service.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Scene from the service.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Fr. Danial gave the homily and encouraged us to be like the angels as we fast.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Group photo of the clergy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Blessing of the lenter meal.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At Sts. Peter And Paul Orthodox Church - Palos Park

Thanks to our hosts for the wonderful food and fellowship.

Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights.

This week St. Mary's Orthodox Church hosted the Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights.

Father Herman gave the sermon.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights.

Group photo of clergy.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights.

Fr. Howard blesses the lenten meal.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At St. Mary Orthodox Church - Palos Heights.

Our thanks to our brothers and sisters of St. Mary's for being such wonderful hosts.