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St. Luke Parish Holds Women's Retreat

Scene from St. Luke Parish Holds Women's Retreat.

Retreat speakers Emilie Dierking and Nancy Brejcha tailored a typical three-day "Kairos Retreat" into one day. The interactive retreat introduced an awareness of the difference of kairos - God's time vs. chronos - man's time.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Holds Women's Retreat.

Participants at the 6th Annual Lenten Women's Retreat, March 17, pause for a group photo after a full day - Liturgy in the morning, the retreat and luncheon during the morning and afternoon, and evening vespers.

Mission Service

Scene from Mission Service.

On the Sundays of Great Lent the Chicago Deanery schedules evening Lenten services at local Orthodox churches. On the second Sunday of Lent the service was held at St. Peter & Paul in Burr Ridge. Father Peter Bodnar was the guest preacher. He spoke on the Lenten theme of charity and how tithing should be practice among Orthodox Christians.

Scene from Mission Service.

At the end of the service all participated in the Lenten prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian with Prostrations.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give, rather, the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Your servant. O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed are You unto ages of ages. Amen.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service.

This year the Sunday of Orthodox Vespers was held at St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero IL. Fr. Michael Dahulich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary was the invited guest speaker. Fr. Michael spoke about the need for a united Orthodox voice in America.

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service.

The church was filled with parishioners from the many Orthodox Churches in the Chicago area. Fr. Andrew and several members from St. Luke were in attendance.

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service.

Among the attending bishops were His Eminence Metropolitan IAKOVOS, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, His Eminence Archbishop NICOLAE, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada (Romanian Patriarchate), His Eminence Archbishop JOB, Diocese of the Midwest (OCA), and His Grace Bishop PETER, Vicar of the Chicago Diocese (ROCOR)

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Scene from The 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 while the choir sang the hymn of the event.

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy.

At the conclusion of the procession the parihioners gathered in the church and recited the Proclamation of Orthodoxy.

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 "Journey To Pascha" on our website 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.

The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Scene from The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

A canon is a liturgical poem divided into verses with a refrain. The Canon of St. Andrew, written in the 7th century, is divided into four sections, which are read on Monday through Thursday during Compline of the first week of Lent. St. Andrew, in composing the canon, traces the lives of people in the Bible who lived according to God's commandments with those who failed. By doing this, St. Andrew reminds us of our failings and need of repentance. Here we see Father Andrew reading verses from the canon.

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 "Journey To Pascha" on our website 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.

Forgiveness Vespers

Scene from Forgiveness Vespers.

The first service of Great Lent is called Forgiveness Sunday Vespers. It is a standard Lenten weekday evening service. The verses sung refer to beginning Lenten fasting, overcoming sin and of spiritual growth. The service ends with the prayer of St. Ephriam the Syrian that asks God to take away various passions and give various virues with a special emphasis on forgiveness. As is customary each person makes a prostration before each other and then asks each other for forgiveness. Here we see Father Andrew and Deacon Andrew making a prostration.

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 "Journey To Pascha" on our website 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.

St. Luke's Welcomes New Members

Scene from St. Luke's Welcomes New Members.

As is our custom at St. Luke's before the start of lent we welcome all those who have become new parish members during the previous 12 months. Today following Liturgy, Father Andrew gathered our new members together for prayer.

Scene from St. Luke's Welcomes New Members.

After the prayers, Father Andrew gave the new members an icon of St. Luke.

Scene from St. Luke's Welcomes New Members.

Our new members gathered for a group photo.

Scene from St. Luke's Welcomes New Members.

In celebration, our fellowship ministry prepared a wonderful luncheon for all to enjoy.

Scene from St. Luke's Welcomes New Members.

A cake was prepared as well. We gratefully wecome our new members into our parish family and pray that St. Luke's will be for them a haven and fulfill all their spiritual needs.

Children's Sermon On Forgiveness

Scene from Children's Sermon On Forgiveness.

The Children's sermon today was on Forgiveness. Fr. Andrew wrote the word forgiveness on three pieces of paper - with three different pencils. He then erased the word. The first was written with indelible pencil which could not be rubbed out. The second was with a hard pencil which could be rubbed out but the word remained. The third was with a soft pencil which could be rubbed out completely. True forgiveness permits us to rebuild relationships like the incident never happened. This is the way God want us to forgive.. If we don't forgive this way God will not for give us.

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