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Sunday Of The Cross
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. 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. Below we see the parishioners bowing before the Cross
Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago Meets At St. Luke
The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago had their bimonthly
meeting at St. Luke. Topics of discussion were the successful Orthodox Sunday service with
a record number of clergy, the December toy drive and the upcoming Orthodox Festival of
Arts which will be held at the New Gracanica Monastery in Grays Lake on October 4th.
During the meeting snacks were served by Nadia Doss who heads the fellowship ministry and
Sue Lisowski who helped with preparation. After the meeting St. Luke Parish hosted a
luncheon at the Grecian Corner Restaurant.
Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers At St. George's Antiocian Orthodox
Four bishops, forty-three priests and six deacons along with hundreds of
Orthodox Christians from the Chicago area gathered at St. George's Antiocian Orthodox
Church for the annual celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers. The above photo
shows the clergy entering the church. The Pan-Orthodox Choir of Chicago sang the
Bishops attending from left to right - Bishop Job - Orthodox Church in
America, Archbishop Vsevolod - Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Iakovos - Greek
Orthodox Church and Metropolitan Christopher - Serbian Orthodox Church Archbishop Vselolod
gave an inspiring sermon suggesting that we treat each other the way we treat Icons for we
are made in God's image (icon)
Fr. Andrew carrying an Icon of St. Nikephorus of Constantinople in the
procession of Icons. At the completion of the procession all recited the proclamation of
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 has triumphed; This we believe, this we declare, this we preach:
Christ our true God, and his Saints we honor in words, in writings, in thoughts, in deeds,
in churches, in holy Icons, on the one hand bowing down and worshiping Christ as God and
Master, on the other hand honoring the Saints as true servants of the Master of all and
offering to them due 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 established the Universe!
Sunday of Orthodoxy Liturgy At St. Luke Parish
This Sunday Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the Sunday
of Orthodoxy. This is in remembrance of the day when icons were allowed back into the
church after years of persecution. Orthodox Christians do not worship icons but instead
venerate them and use them as windows into the spiritual. They are not graven images as
Christ came into the world in the flesh as man and God. To Orthodox Christians every icon
is a reminder that Christ came in the flesh to save us from our sins. Following Liturgy
the parishioners madea procession around the church carrying icons to symbolize the return
of icons into the church. (see pictures above and below)
Following the icon procession, the parishioners gathered in the front of the church and recited together the proclamation of orthodoxy.
Cabinets and Countertops
At long last the new kitchen area has cabinets and countertops. The
dishwasher and new sink will be connected shortly and the kitchen will be ready to use.
On April 5th following Liturgy, the parishioners will gather for a spring clean up and
move everything into the new kitchen.
Children's Sermon For Lent
Father Andrew began this month's children's sermon by asking them what
you need to do to have a healthy body. He got answers like excercise, eating vegetables,
and eating soup. The children had a harder time when he asked them what you need to do to
have a healthy spirit. The reason we must have a healthy spirit is to become a friend of God.
Without a healthy spirit we are not able to receive His friendship. He went on to explain
that first of all we need to forgive one another as Christ commanded. This is why we start Lent with forgivness vespers where we
have the chance to forgive one another. This serice will be held next Sunday evening. Next
we need to fast. Father Andrew showed the children a basket of candy and explained that he
will keeep this candy as a means of them fasting from it and they can have it when lent is
over. Thirdly, we need to do good works and help the needy. Each child was given a can in
which to put their coins that will be given to help the needy. The fourth thing necessary
for a healthy spirit is prayer. We spend a longer time at church and we should be praying
for all the suffering people in the world especially for the orphans who we will be
collecting for. Father explained that these are things that help us to have a healthy
spirit. (See picture below)
New Member's Luncheon
It is our custom at St. Luke Parish that once a year prior to Lent we have a day to honor and welcome all those who joined the parish during the past year. Father Andrew began with a short prayer with all the new members.
Next Father Andrew presented each new member with an icon.
Father presented the new members to the congregation and charged us all with the responsibilty to help all the new members to grow in the faith.
A brunch was then served in the new fellowship hall.