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Many Years to James And Donna
This Sunday we were gathered to celebrate the wedding of James and Donna. God grant them health, happiness, and many years.
Church School Group Photo
Due to inclement weather, we were unable to take a photo of our church school on their first day of classes. Here we see our group one week later.
911 We Will Never Forget
For the past four years, St. Luke's has commemorated the terrorist attack on 9/11 with a day of remembrance and prayer. This photo shows the I-beam which was given to St. Luke's by the City of New York and the Icon crafted in copper of St. Nicholas which was the name of the Greek Orthodox Church which was destroyed when the trade center collapsed.
Fox News interviewed Fr. Andrew about how the I-beam was obtained in a live broadcast. Fr. explained that not only did we have the beam but we also have rubble from the Pentagon and a rock from the crash site of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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The rock from Shanksville, Pennsylvania where United flight 93 crashed.
Those who were killed on September 11 were remembered in a solemn Memorial Liturgy which began at 7AM. At 7:46 all seven of our bells were tolled by our bell ringer Lynn.
A banner was hung and the memorial cross was decorated by Caye who heads the Patriot's Day/9-11 Ministry inviting the Community to visit the church which was open all day.The bells were rung on the hour from 7:46 to 9 PM.
The bulletin board in the Narthex was decorated by Tanya. The letter Fr. Andrew sent to New York City requesting a portion of the World Trade Center and the letter sent by the US Department of the Interior about the Flight 93 rock were displayed.
The Flag of Honor was acquired for this years Memorial program. It has the names of all who perished on that tragic day.
The evening memorial program began at 7 PM with the playing of Amazing Grace by Eric, our Annual Bagpipe Player who has played every year.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets along with Boy and Girl Scouts participated in the presentation of the colors. This year we had two flags. One of the flags had been flown over the U.S. Capital.
Fr. Andrew welcomed all the guest clergy and laity from the community.
The Honorable Mayor Bennett of Palos Hills graced the crowd with his opening address. He emphasized the need to stay focused on our enemy who wants to destroy everything we hold dear.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets from the Lincoln Way Squadron with their Leader John Patrizzi - Fr. Andrew is the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain assigned to the Squadron.
Brigadier General William C. Kirkland,88th Regional Readiness Group, gave the main address. He spoke about his willingness to defend The Flag with his life and his role to train those now and in the future to continue to defend this country so that we have the freedoms we love -- like religion.
The evening memorial program included the congregational singing of patriotic songs led by The St. Luke Choir under the direction of Maria.
Mr. Bill Droel, Professor of Comparative Religion at Moraine Valley Community College and Eucharistic Minister for Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church gave the pastoral address. He suggested that we turn to Mary the Theotokos who is honored by both Christians and Muslims to bring us together and overcome the hate that the terrorists wish to impose.
Before the closing of the program, members of the Civil Air Patrol read the names of all 101 military personal from Illinois who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Church School Begins With A Blessing And A Prayer
This Sunday marked the beginning of another year for our church school. Following Liturgy, Father Andrew prayed over our students and teachers. Then each was in turn blessed with Holy Water. May God grant our teachers and students strength, perserverance, and wisdom. May He also guide them during the current school year and in years to come.
Children's Sermon On The Beginning Of The Church Year
Each month Fr. Andrew gives a children's sermon at the end of the Liturgy. The children gather at the foot of the Ambo and Fr. Andrew sits on a chair facing them. This month's children's sermon was about the beginning of the Liturgical year and making new year resolutions.
Fr. Andrew suggested to the children that they make a resolution to come to church regularly. He used a lighted candle to explain how each of us have been lit by Jesus Christ at our baptism. Every time we sin our light goes out. We need to come to church to be re-lighted by the power of the Holy Spirit. The longer we stay away the harder is it to be re-lighted.
Crown Them O Lord, Our God With Glory And Honor
Today at St. Luke Parish we are happy to celebrate the wedding of Christine and Paul. Here we see them with their crowns during the service.
Congratulations to Christine and Paul and their families and friends. May God grant them many years.