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Christ Is Born! Glorify Him

Scene From Nativity Eve Service.

We at St. Luke would like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone a happy and blessed Christmas. Let us all rejoice as God has given us the greatest gift of all. He has given us his only begotten Son that he might save us.

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

Our custom at St. Luke's is to have a Lenten Holy Supper on the Eve of the Nativity. This supper is pot luck style with the parishioners bringing different dishes that are non meat and non dairy. Tradition is that there should be twelve different dishes which is symbolic of the tweleve apostles and it should be eaten without pepper or knives. Pepper symbolizes arguments and knives the cutting of friendships. The parishioners gathered by candlelight for a short prayer service performed by Father Andrew which began the Holy Supper. Here we see Father Andrew explaining the meaning of some of the customs.

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

One of our youth read a passage from the Bible.

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

Father Andrew then placed honey on the forehead of everyone with the words, "May we all love one another as the bee loves honey."

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

We added a new custom the sharing of Christmas Wafers "oplatki" representing unleven bread. This custom is Polish in origin.

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

Father Andrew then distributed bread with honey to the parishioners with the words, "Let us love one another." Next everyone took a piece of garlic and ate it saying,"May God Spare us from all Evil."

Nativity Eve Dinner And Vigil.

At this end of this prayer service a pot lot lenten dinner was served.

After dinner the parishioners participated in the Nativity Eve Vigil Service.

Youth Group Sells Ornaments For Underpriveledged Children

Christmas Tree Is Decorated.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at St. Lukes. Parishioners gave their time and decorated our tree. Under the tree we see presents that have been collected for PASS - Pregnancy Aid For The South Suburbs.

YO sells ornaments at coffee hour.

Our youth group organized a Christmas ornament sale. The proceeds are being used to buy Christmas Stockings for underpriveledged children thru a program run by the Orthodox Church of America.

St. Nicholas Visits The Garden Center

St. Nicholas Visits The Garden Center.

St. Luke Parishioners visited the Garden Center for their monthly visit. Here we see Father Andrew reading a Bible Story to the residents. This is followed by a short service and then refreshments.

St. Nicholas Visits The Garden Center.

Today Father Andrew also read a story for the life of St. Nicholas after which we received a surprise visit from St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas Visits The Garden Center.

After speaking with the residents and answering some questions, St. Nicholas gave everyone a golden chocolate coin. This reminds us of the fact that although St. Nicholas received much wealth from his parents; he gave it all away to others.

A Visit From St. Nicholas

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Following Liturgy Father Andrew held his children's sermon by reading a story about St. Nicholas and how he helped a child possessed by the devil.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Some of our older children gathered together to sing a some to St. Nicholas.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas must have heard the story and the singing because he decided to stop by and entered the church with the young children looking on in amazement.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Father Andrew welcomed St. Nicholas to our parish.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Choir Director Maria Vrame and Father Andrew gathered with the young children.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Maria leads the children in singing some of the hymns they learned for St. Nicholas.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

The children collected gifts to be given to those who are less fortunate. He we see them bring their gifts to St. Nicholas so that he could pass them on.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas gave all the children gifts as well. Then he sent them to Church School and told them that if they each left one shoe outside the classroom door, they might find something in it when they came out.

A Visit From St. Nicholas.

There were a lot of children walking around with one shoe in anticipation of finding a gift after class.

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