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Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter 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. Following a procession proclaiming the Risen Christ, the congregation gathers together to hear readings from the four Gospels in different languages proclaiming that Christ is Risen.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

At the end of the service the congregation makes a procession around the church.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

During a procession there four Gospels are read at the four corners of the church.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

Seemingly from nowhere, candy filled eggs popped up all around the grounds.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

The children helped out by picking up all the eggs for us.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

I got one!

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

Let's see what's under this bush.

Scene from Agape Vespers and Easter Egg Hunt.

I think this egg will fit right here.

Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!

Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

All the preparations have been for this night. The church is ready and the faithful are gathered.. There is a sense of anticipation in the air. The church is darkened and the music selections are somber as during all of lent. The nocturnes are sung at the tomb of Christ.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

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 Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

Handmaidens receive the Light of Christ from the priest and pass it to the congregation.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

The entire congregation leaves the darkened church and makes a procession around the church.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

After the procession the clergy gather at the front of the church and Father Andrew reads from the scripture.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

The entire congregation gathers around.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

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

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

All during lent and Holy Week the services were somber and the interior of the curch was dim. Now in the resurrection service everything 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. The choir leads the congregation in the joyous songs of the resurrection.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

Father Andrew reads the Sermon of St. John Chrysostom.

Scene from Nocturnes Of Pascha and the Resurrection Service.

Following the service the congregation retires to the fellowship hall where Father Andrew blesses the Easter Baskets. A pot luck dinner is shared by all as they celebrate the risen Christ.

Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!

Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Holy Saturday Liturgy celebrates Christ's decent into hell to free Adam and Eve and all who lived and died in anticipation of the coming of Christ. Historically this service was a time for new members to be chrismated into the church.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The new convert is receiving the prayer for the forgiveness of sins over the Icon of burial of Christ. This is the first part of the Chrismation service. After this she will receive the anointing of the Holy Chrism.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

A baptism also took place on Holy Saturday. The newly baptized member, dressed in his white baptismal robe, is now being tonchered which is his first offering to God from the hair of his head.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The baptism and chrismation are completed with the reception of Holy Communion. The newly baptized and chrismated are the first to receive Holy Communion for three consecutive Sundays then they return to the congregation as parishioners.

The Lamentations

Scene from The Lamentations.

The Lamentations - As the name suggests the service is a mournful one lamenting the death of Christ. Psalm 119 "Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord." is chanted by the priest. The refrains are sung by the congregation, "O Life, how can You die?".

Scene from The Lamentations.

During the singing of the 9th ode of the Canon, the priest blesses the congregation with rose water as rose pedals are scattered around the church.

Scene from The Lamentations.

The burial shroud is removed from the tomb and carried above the head of the priest.

Scene from The Lamentations.

During the service the congregation makes a procession around the church following the clergy and the Burial Shroud.

Scene from The Lamentations.

The congregation reenters the church each entering under the burial shroud.

Scene from The Lamentations.

The reading from the prophet Ezekiel is read.

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 Passion Gospels

Scene from The Passion Gospels.

Passion Gospel Service - This is one of the most important and solemn Holy Week services. It is a remembrance and an entrance into the suffering and death of Christ. The priest, standing in the center of the church surrounded by twelve lighted candles, reads the words of the apostles who witnessed the events. As each Gospel is read one candle is extinguished.

Scene from The Passion Gospels.

During the fifth reading, the priest processes with the Cross carried his shoulder as he chants, "He who hung the earth upon the waters is now being hung on the cross." As Simon carried the cross for Christ during his walk to the crucifixion, the priest now carries the cross. In doing so here presents the entire congregation.

Scene from The Passion Gospels.

At the point of the sixth Gospel when "He yielded up the spirit" is read, the priest places a wreath of red flowers over the cross." (This is the moment in the scripture reading when Christ died).

Scene from The Passion Gospels.

Following the placing of the wreath, several of the young ladies of the congregation sang the hymn "The Wise Thief" in remembrance of the thief who was crucified with Christ and accepted Him while on the cross.

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.

Sacrament of Holy Unction

Scene from Sacrament of Holy Unction.

Sacrament of Holy Unction - The Church is called the Body of Christ. We are members of the Body through our Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, and Holy Communion. As the sinful woman anointed Christ, we are also anointed with the oil of healing, so we can go with Christ to the Cross, suffer, die, and be resurrected with Him.

Scene from Sacrament of Holy Unction.

Father Andrew reads the Holy Gospel.

Scene from Sacrament of Holy Unction.

Prayers are said over the healing oil.

Scene from Sacrament of Holy Unction.

Those in need of special healing gather together as Father Andrew prays for them.

Scene from Sacrament of Holy Unction.

At the conclusion of the service, the faithful are anointed with the sacrament of Holy Unction. The priest anointes each of the faithful with the oil of healing on various parts of the body: forehead, eyes, ears, mouth, chest, palm, and the back of each hand. These areas are associated with the senses of smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The neck or chest is anointed for breath and for the heart.

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.

Bridgegroom Matins

Scene from Bridgegroom Matins.

Bridegroom Services are held on Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday. They instruct us in our faith, as does all the preparation for Holy Week. Even more they help us to make Holy Week more than simply a ritual that tells a story. The Bridegroom Services help us to enter into the story, the life of Jesus Christ, and live it. On Monday night, the priest represents Christ and the congregation represents the bride waiting for the bridegroom. As the virgins were called to be vigilant and prepared for the coming of the bridegroom lest they be shut out of the bridal chamber; let us be likewise vigilant and prepared, lest we be shut out of the eternal kingdom. - Matthew 25: 1-13.

Tuesday's Bridegroom Service with the procession of the hymn of St. Cassian describes the life and conversion of the sinful woman who anointed Christ. The congregation is blessed with rose water. The rose water is symbolic of the sweet smelling myrrh with which the sinful woman anointed Christ. The scriptures tell us that the whole room was filled with the scent of myrrh. Once again it is important to understand that this is simply not a play being reenacted, but rather we are attempting to enter the life of Christ.

Scene from Bridgegroom Matins.

Father Andrew explains the meaning of the Bridgegroom Service.

Scene from Bridgegroom Matins.

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.

Children's Sermon on Palm Sunday

Scene from Children's Sermon on Palm Sunday.

Fr. Andrew is telling the children the meaning of the word Hosanna which means Save Now! He asked all the children to say it and wave their palms as the children did when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. He challenged the children to emulate Jesus by being humble which he explained means, not to think you are better than other people, to except our limitations and especially to be obedient to God.

Palm Sunday

Scene from Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday we continued our journey to Pascha with the celebration of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The hymn of Palm Sunday proclaims the children holding the emblems of victory singing, "Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." We experience Christ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem by processing around the church holding palm and pussy willow branches as symbols of Christ's ability to overcome death by raising Lazarus.

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.

Following the Liturgy, the entire congregation led by the clergy and the choir made a procession around the church singing the Troparion of the day.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The clergy gather at the front of the church.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The service is completed as the entire congregation gathered around.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

During the dismissal each member is annointed with oil.

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