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Blessing Of St. Basil's Bread

Scene from Blessing Of St. Basil's Bread.

At the conclusion of the Feast day Liturgy the cutting of the St. Basil's bread is celebrated. This is primarily a Greek Orthodox custom which is called Vasilopita. Fr. Andrew is blessing the loaf with holy water with the words. This bread is blessed and sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Scene from Blessing Of St. Basil's Bread.

The bread is then cut by the priest and slices are distributed to those present at the service.

Scene from Blessing Of St. Basil's Bread.

Baked into the loaf is a gold coin which symbolizes the charitable activities of St. Basil. The person who receives the coin will have a prosperous year so they to can be generous to the poor.

Scene from Blessing Of St. Basil's Bread.

The coin fell out of the bread and Fr. Andrew retrieved it. This was interpreted that the coin went to the parish to acknowledge St. Luke's participation in the homeless shelter program. Fr. Andrew gave the coin to his granddaughter Emily who was visiting from Colorado.

Nativity Liturgy

Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

Scene from Nativity Liturgy.

The great entrance at the Nativity Divine Liturgy with Fr Andrew and our altar servers, John, Leonidis, Nicholas and Joseph.

Nativity Eve Dinner And Service

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

The table is set for the Holy Supper Ritual. This celebration proceeds the Nativity vigil and commemorates the Old Covenant which ends with the birth of Jesus. Unleavened bread is broken and eaten with wine. Also garlic and twelve fasting food ( no meat or dairy) dishes are served.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

Each year the youngest child reads the Christmas story for the gospel of Matthew. This year Olivia read assisted by Proto-deacon Andrew.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

Father Andrew is distributing the unleavened Bread called Oplacki.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

Honey is being place of the foreheads of those present with the words, let us love one another like the bee loves honey.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

After the Holy Supper ritual, the food is blessed and served. This custom originates in Eastern Europe and is shared by both Orthodox and Roman Catholics.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

The reading of the Gospel at the Nativity Vigil. All await to partake of the special sweet bread prepared by Aristea for this service.

Church School Christmas Pagent

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

This years Church School Christmas Pagent opened with a song from some of youngest performers.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

This was followed by a dramatic reading about the nativity.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

During the reading the wise men made an appearance.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

A dance routine to Christmas music was next on the adgenda.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

The skits were performed in from of an almost full house.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

The finale was a instrumental version of Silent Night.

Scene from Church School Christmas Pagent.

Following the pagent, lenten refreshments were served.

Mission To Tanzania

Scene from Mission To Tanzania.

St. Luke Parish member Clark recently went on a mission to Tanzania. Here is Clark with members of the team, at the equator in Uganda.

Scene from Mission To Tanzania.

Here is a picture of the students in the classroom, from the viewpoint of the instructor. There were two classes with about 70 students total.

Scene from Mission To Tanzania.

Here is a photo from Divine Liturgy showing the children lined up to receive Communion.

Restaurant Rovers Go Greek

Scene from Restaurant Rovers Go Greek.

This Sunday the restaurant rovers descended on the Dionysos Greek Restaurant in Worth, Illinois. A family style meal was served with lemon soup, greek salad, greek chicken, and lamb. Good food and excellent company were enjoyed by all.

St. Nick Is Coming To Town

Scene from St. Nick Is Coming To Town.

Following Liturgy, Father Howard gathered the children and taught them about St. Nicholas.

Scene from St. Nick Is Coming To Town.

Right on cue, St. Nick entered the building.

Scene from St. Nick Is Coming To Town.

He greeted all the children and gave them golden coins filled with chocolate.

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