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St. Luke's Hosts Presanctified Liturgy
This week it was St. Luke's turn to host the Presanctified Liturgy with the parishioners from Saints Constantine and Helen Parish as our guests.
Father Pantalemion gave a wonderful sermon teaching us that when we come to church we our not on our time but on God's time and that we must come prepared for the services.
Following the Liturgy a lenten meal was served.
Parishioners from both parishes enjoyed fellowship and renewed old frendships and began new ones.
Church School Retreat
Our Annual Church School Lenten retreat was held on Sunday, March 25th. Since it was the feastday of the Annunciation, the theme was "Our Mother the Theotokos." The students not only learned more about the Virgin Mary, but enjoyed craft projects as well.
Each year about this time we hold a cleanup of the building and grounds with our parishioners giving of their time to do the labor. Here we see one of a group of ladies that worked on removing the wax from the carpets and chairs.
The altar and sacristy area was cleaned and polished.
The front stairs were cleaned and candlestands polished.
The classroom hallways were also scrubbed down.
Thanks go out to all who gave of their time and efforts to help keep our building and grounds looking good.
Saints Constantine and Helen Hosts Presanctified Liturgy
This week parishioners from St. Lukes were invited to share presanctified Liturgy with the parishioners of our sister parish Saints Constantine and Helen. Each year the two parishes take turns hosting this service.
Father Andrew give the homily during the service.
Parishioners from both parishes enjoy fellowship and a delicious lenten meal. We at St. Lukes thank Saints Constantine and Helen Parish for their hospitality and kindness in hosting this service.
Fr. Andrew announced that Daniel was the first Cub Scout to receive the Eastern Orthodox Scouting medal of St. George at St Luke. He was required to answer a number of questions to show his knowledge of the Orthodox faith. He spent three months learning the required information. Fr. Andrew encouraged the other boys and girls to work toward their Religious medals.
Nick, a Tenderfoot Boy Scout, explained to the congregation how the Scouts retire a worn America flag. Each stripe is cut separately and burned while the section with the stars must be burned with all the stars intact to show the unity of the States. He asked the congregation to give the Scouts all their worn flags.
Father Andrew said a prayer and blessed the Scouts and Scout leaders with Holy Water. The Scouting program supports many Christian values.
Father Andrew mentioned how valuable scouting is to the church and our country. He said he was a scout but only reached the Life Scout rank. Joshua is working on his Eagle Scout rank which he hopes to complete next year. Fr. Andrew suggested we begin a scouting program at St. Luke.
A cake was prepared for the celebration.
Sunday of the Cross
The third Sunday of Lent is the half way point of Great Lent. On this Sunday a flower decorated cross is displayed in the center of the sanctuary during the Liturgy.
Mother Gabriella from Dormition Monastery gave the homily. She spoke about the cross as a the central symbol of Jesus Christ's relationship to us and we must take up our cross and follow Him.
When the choir sings "Before Your Cross we bow down and worship You." the congregation makes three prostrations showing our commitment to follow Christ and to bear our cross.
Women's Annual Lenten Retreat
This weekend our Women's Ministry hosted it's annual lenten retreat. Here see participants registering for the retreat.
Deacon Daniel discusses items for purchase from the Dormition Monastery.
Our guest speaker this year was Mother Gabriella, Abbess of Dormition Monastery.
Mother Gabriella during her presentations on "The Cross" and "Women at the Foot of the Cross."
Thanks go out to our Women Ministry leaders for once again planning a successful and informative retreat.
Children's Sermon on St. Gregory Palamas
In this months Children's sermon, Fr. Andrew taught the meaning of Hesychasm which means stillness in prayer, the Jesus prayer, Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner and how to use a prayer rope. He explained how St. Gregory Palamas defended this technique of prayer. This sermon was directed more towards the older children and adults.