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March

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Spring Cleanup

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Each spring we ask parishioners to come out and lend a hand getting the church cleaned up and ready for Holy Week. During the cleanup, Father Andrew makes himself available to hear confessions. This year we had probably our biggest turn out ever.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

All the woodwork needed to be cleaned and polished.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Two young ladies work on cleaning up the bookstore.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Diane removes wax from the chairs.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Mary does likewise with the carpet.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Our youngest wax remover hard at work.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

The brass items were also polished. Laurie works on the candlestands.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Wendy teams up to get both candlestands shinning.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Other brass items are polished in the sacristy.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Mark cleans out the light fixtures.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Chuck and Matt teamed up on the windows and did a great job washing them.

Our thanks go out to all who came and worked so hard to get the church ready for Pascha.

Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan.

This month we visited Kitaro Grill and Sushi Lounge in Lemont.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan.

Japan was home for Saint Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Archbishop of Japan. Matt provided us with internet links to do reading on Orthodoxy in Japan.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan.

In addition to being delicious the food presentation was excellent.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan.

Another beautifully presented dinner.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul: Next Stop Japan.

Another evening of food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

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. 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.

Father Andrew blesses parishioneer. Journey To Pascha - We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit feel free to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

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.

Journey To Pascha - We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit feel free to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Mission To Guatemala

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Fr. Andrew went to Hogar Raphael orphanage to lecture about drug abuse and chemical dependency. Before the lecture he spent time with the little children.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

David playing soccer with the boys. He came along to help Fr. Andrew with translation.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

The presanctifed liturgy at Hogar Raphael orphanage with the children singing the responses.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Today David, Michaelyn, and Fr Andrew climbed a volcano with all the teens from Hogar Raphael orphanage. After the climb we all went to a hot springs to soak our hurting muscles.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Scene from Mission To Guatemala.

Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Vists For Presanctified Liturgy.

Akathist Service

Father Harrison reads prayers in front of the Icon of the Virgin.

In some Orthodox Churches of the Russian Tradition the Presanctified Liturgy is celebrated both on Wednesday and Friday. Churches of the Greek Tradition celebrate the Akathist (salutations) to the Virgin Mary of Friday. An Akathist Hymn is a liturgical prayer of praise written about Christ, a certain saint or a need such as thanksgiving. The Akathist Hymn to the Virgin Mary portrays her as a compassionate mother who cares for us through her prayers. During Lent this is necessary because of the spiritual battle which we have undertaken.

Journey To Pascha - We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit feel free to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Presantified Liturgy

Parishioners prostrate before the Light Of Christ.

On Wednesdays during Lent the Presanctified Liturgy is celebrated. The word Presanctified refers to Holy Communion which has been consecrated on the Sunday before and distributed at the Presanctified Liturgy. One of the special features of this liturgy is the solemn blessing with a single lighted candle by the Priest who announces "The Light of Christ illumines all!" The faithful make a prostration. The scriptural readings are from Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah and Proverbs signifying the preparatory nature of this service.

Fr. Andrew will be teaching from the Lenten Synaxarion , which is a volume of sermons written by the Church Fathers that describe the significance of each Presantified Liturgy and its role in our Lenten preparations for Pascha

Scene from The Presanctified Liturgy.

Following the service all are invited to join in a pot luck lenten meal.

Journey To Pascha - We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit feel free to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

On the first Sunday of Lent, Orthodox Christians celebrate the official declaration of the 7th Ecumenical Council 787AD that the veneration of Icons is not the worship of images as the 2nd commandment describes. To celebrate the event, the parishioners of St. Luke held a procession of Icons, ( See Iconography) while the choir sang the hymn of the event. At its conclusion the proclamation of Orthodoxy and Creed were recited.

Proclamation of Orthodoxy:

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as Falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ awarded; Thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ Our True God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in Churches, in Holy Icons; On the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other, honoring the Saints as true servants of the same Lord of All, and offering them proper veneration.

This is the Faith of the Apostles,
This is the Faith of the Fathers,
This is the Faith of the Orthodox,
This is the Faith which has established the Universe.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

The choir sings the hymn of the day during the procession.

Journey To Pascha - We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit feel free to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Children's Sermon For March

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

Fr. Andrew held up a diploma and pointed out the gold seal. The seal proves that you completed all the necessary work to graduate. The seal that Jesus used to prove his teachings was his resurrection.

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

Father explained that all of us have received a seal which is holy oil blessed by the bishop called Chrism. It is our seal that we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

He then let the Children smell the Holy Chrism from a small bottle which is used when a child is baptized.

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

Fr. Andrew gave gold seals and small Icons seals which the children were instructed to put in their Lenten record books which shows all the Lenten services they have attended.

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