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Orthodox Sunday Vespers

Scene from Orthodox Sunday Vespers.

The Vespers service for the Sunday of Orthodoxy was held at St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. There were 7 hierarchs and about 30 priests and deacons who concelebrated. The homily was delivered by Archbishop ILIA of the Albanian Orthodox Church.

Scene from Orthodox Sunday Vespers.

At the end of the service, the clergy processed around the church carrying holy Icons. Then the Proclamation of Orthodoxy was recited by all present. In the solemn procession of holy Icons, Fr. Andrew carried a large icon of his patron Saint.

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, ( See Iconography) which circled the interior of the sanctuary while the choir sang the hymn of the event.

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Here we see some of our youth in procession with icons.

Scene from The Sunday of Orthodoxy.

At the conclusion of the procession everyone gathered at the front of the church and the proclamation of Orthodoxy was recited.

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 awarded; Thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ Our True God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in Churches, in Holy Icons; On the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other, honoring the Saints as true servants of the same Lord of All, and offering them proper 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 has established the Universe.

The Baptism of Michael Joseph

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

Today at St. Luke Parish we celebrated the baptism of Michael Joseph. Before the start of the bastism his mother received prayers and was "churched".

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

The service began at the rear of the church where Michael's sponsors proclaimed their rejection of Satan and their unity to Christ.

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

Father Andrew blesses the baptismal water.

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

Michael is immersed into the baptismal font three times by Father Andrew saying "The servant of God, Michael, is baptized, in the name of the Father, Amen.(Immerse); and of the Son, Amen. (Immerse); and of the Holy Spirit, Amen." (Immerse)

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

Michael receives the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is annointed on his forehead, eyes, nostrils, lips, ears, breast, hands, and feet. Each time Father Andrew states "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" while the congregation replies "Sealed".

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

According to tradition, Michael is now shorn of a piece of hair, this is his first offering to God.

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

The baptismal party lead by Father Andrew processes around the baptismal font while "As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ" is sung.

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

At the end of the service, the newly baptized Michael is churched and presented to God.

Scene from The Baptism of Michael Joseph.

Group photo of four generations of Michaels.

Congratulaions to Michael and his family on this very special day. May God keep him, grant him peace, health, happiness, and many years.

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 Parish Recognizes New Members

Scene from St. Luke Parish Recognizes New Members.

This Sunday Fr. Andrew received six new members. He asked them to re-affirm their commitment to Christ and the Holy Orthodox Faith. After the affirmation, a prayer was recited addressing God to help them grow in the faith. Each new member then received an Icon of St. Luke our patron saint. Fr. Andrew asked them to face the congregation with these words: " These new members are given to your care. Love them as Christ loves you. Help them mature in the faith so they may fulfill Christ command to preach the Gospel." Click Here to view the Text for the service of welcoming new members.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Recognizes New Members.

The new members were honored guests at our annual Cheese fare Sunday Brunch. With this dinner we start our Lenten fast.

Metropolitan Theodosius Presents Icon

Scene from Metropolitan Theodosius Presents Icon.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius came to Chicago to present an Icon of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr with a relic of the saint to his long time friend Count Christian zu Reventlow and to the family of the Counts of Reventlow from Germany and Denmark.

Scene from Metropolitan Theodosius Presents Icon.

The icon was presented after a solemn memorial service. Fr. John Adamcio, dean, Fr. Sergi Garklavs and Fr Andrew Harrison participated in the service. After the service all gathered in the parish hall for a luncheon.

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