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May

The Baptism Of Kyra

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

This Sunday Fr. Paul's granddaughter Kyra Jannakos was baptised at St. Lukes.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Scene from the baptism.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Scene from the baptism.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Scene from the baptism.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Scene from the baptism.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Kyra with her grandparents, Fr. Paul and Michelle.

Scene from The Baptism Of Kyra

Family photo. Congratulations and "Many Years" to Kyra, her parents Nick and Melissa and all her family.

St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund

Scene from St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund

This Sunday St. Luke Parish was visited by Peter and Sharon Georges - Founders of the St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund.

Scene from St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund

A slideshow was presented describing the conditions present and the work being done.

Scene from St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund

In addition to donations, handmade jewelery was on sale for this worthy cause.

IOCC Annual Banquet

Scene from IOCC Annual Banquet

Once again this year, St. Luke Parish supported the IOCC Annual Banquet as part of our charity program. Group photo of those in attendence.

Happy Mother's Day

Scene from Happy Mother's Day.

This Sunday following Liturgy a brunch was held in honor of Mother's Day. Admission was collected and will be used for our mission programs.

Scene from Happy Mother's Day.

There was also a candy store to purchase candies for the mothers.

Scene from Happy Mother's Day.

Fr. Paul blesses the Arthos which was cut up and distributed to the parishioners.

Scene from Happy Mother's Day.

Next he blessed the food for the brunch.

Scene from Happy Mother's Day.

We at St. Luke parish would like to wish all mothers "Many Years" and a wonderful holiday. We also remember those mothers who have departed and ask "Memory Eternal" for them as well.

Garden Center Visit For May

Scene from Garden Center Visit For May.

Our visit started with Fr. Andrew telling us that many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For May.

Fr. Andrew brought a large decorated candle as a reminder to let the light of Christ shine in us. There were many awes from the residents.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For May.

Fr. Andrew explained how one of the disciples, Thomas, doubted Jesus' resurrection when first told. Then Jesus said to him, " Thomas, put your fingers on my side, touch the holes in my hands. Stop doubting and believe." "My Lord and my God, " said Thomas. Jesus replied, "You believe because you have seen with your own eyes, but more blessed are those who have not seen and yet still believe."

Scene from Garden Center Visit For May.

Of course our visit wouldn't be complete without snacks and joyful conversation. On our next visit, we will be celebrating sixteen years of fellowship that we have shared with the Garden Center Residents.

Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Sunday afternoon following Paschal Liturgy, the Agape Vespers service is celebrated. The church is bright and alive and full of children anticipating the Pascha egg hunt. The congregation gathers together to hear readings from the four Gospels in different languages proclaiming that Christ is Risen. Following this is a procession proclaiming the Risen Christ.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The Gospel in Spanish.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The Gospel in Armenian.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The Gospel in Greek.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The Gospel in English.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The congregation makes a procession around the church.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

The congregation reenters the church for the dismissal.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Group photo of Fr. Paul and the children.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Due to inclement weather the Easter Bunny decided to hold the egg hunt in the church school classrooms this year.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Get Ready! Get Set! Go!

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Scene from egg hunt.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Scene from egg hunt.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Scene from egg hunt.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Scene from egg hunt.

Scene from Agape Vespers And Egg Hunt.

Thanks to all who set up the egg hunt for the children.

Pascha - Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

All the preparations have been for this night. The church is ready and the faithful have spent the day in strict fast. There is a sense of anticipation in the air. The church is darkened and the music selections are somber as during all of lent.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The nocturns are sung at the tomb of Christ.

To hear a small sample of The Nocturnes please click here.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The readers chant the responses.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The handmaidens guard the tomb. The light from the tomb throws shadows on the ceiling of the church.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

All lights in the church are extinquished and there is a total darkness. At midnight the flame from a single candle appears at the altar. The priest brings forth the light of Christ and gives it to the rest of the faithful.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Father Paul spreads the Light to the handmaidens and from there it spreads to all the congregation.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The Handmaiden gives the light to a parishoner.

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Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Parishioners spread the Light.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

"Come Receive Ihe Light".

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The entire congregation leaves the church in procession and proceeds around the church.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

While they are doing this, the tomb is removed from the church, all the lights are turned on, and all candles are lit once again symbolizing Christ's resurrection.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

Upon finishing the procession around the church, the congregation gathers at the closed front doors of the church.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

The Priest knocks on the doors three times saying: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. And a voice asks: Who is this King of Glory? The priest answers: The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. The priest the knocks again saying: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. And again the voice asks: Who is this King of Glory? The priest then replies: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha.

"Who is this King of Glory?"

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The doors of the church are opened, the tomb has been removed, the entire building is filled with light and it is now time to begin the joyous Resurrection Service. The priest reenters followed by the congregation.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Led by our choir director, Michelle the chanters sing the songs of the resurrection.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Another view of our chanters.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Another view of our chanters.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The entire tone of the service is changed. The dim interior of the church is gone. The dark vestments and candle holders are also gone. The tomb and somber music are also gone. The church is as bright as possible. The vestments are bright and the singing joyous. It is the triumphal resurrection of Christ saving us from death and granting us resurrection. Christ is risen! Glorify Him. The Hymn "Christ is Risen from the Dead" is sung repeatedly with joy and power. The Cry of "Christ is risen" and the response "Indeed he is risen." fill the air. This is proclaimed in many different languages.

OCA - Christ is Risen! / Indeed He is Risen!
Greek Diocese - Christ is Risen! / Truly He is Risen!
Greek - Christos Anesti! / Aleithos Anesti!
Slavonic - Christos Voskrese! / Voistinu Voskrese!
Arabic - Al-Masih-Qam! / Hakkan Qam!
Romanian - Christos E Anviat! / Adeverat Anviat!
Spanish - Christo Ha Resucitado! / Verdaderamente, Ha Resucitado!
German - Christus ist Auferstanden! / Jawohl Er ist Auferstanden
French - Le Christ est ressuscite! / En verite il est resuscite!
Japanese - Harisutosu Siochatsu! / Makoto-ni Siochatsu

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

Fr. Paul reads the sermon of St. John Chrysostom welcoming all to the celebration.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

Our bell ringers proclaim the Glory of the Risen Christ.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

At the conclusion of the service, the parishioners venerate the Arthos and receive a red egg. All are invited to break the fast and break bread together.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

Father Paul blesses the baskets laden with food.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

A pot luck dinner is served.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

Lamb being prepared.

Scene from Holy Week - Pascha Services.

Orthodox Christians as they are able, fast from all meat and dairy products for all of Holy Week and the preceeding forty days of Lent. After the Paschal Liturgy a pot luck dinner is served and as you can imagine, some serious eating goes on. The celebration lasts into the early hours of the morning.

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