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December 2009

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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 from the gospel of Matthew.

Scene from Nativity Eve Dinner And Service.

The Parishioners sing the Troparion and Kontakion for the Feast of the Nativity.

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.

Father Andrew explains the reasons for the traditions and the meal.

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. Following the meal, the Vigil of the Nativity is celebrated.

Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

Funeral Services For Archbishop Job

Scene from Funeral Services For Archbishop Job.

Final memorial at the end of the requiem liturgy for Archbishop Job. His face is covered with the Airer (Chalice cover).

Scene from Funeral Services For Archbishop Job.

His Beatitude Jonah chanted memory Eternal and gave the blessing before the procession around Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago.

Scene from Funeral Services For Archbishop Job.

Closing of the casket before the procession.

Scene from Funeral Services For Archbishop Job.

The Clergy carry the casket of His eminence for the traditional procession. Archbishop Job's remains will be taken to St. Theodosius cathedral in Cleveland and then to Black Lick Pennsylvania for burial.

Scene from Funeral Services For Archbishop Job.

This is another photo of the procession.

Church School Christmas Program

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

This Sunday our Chruch School Held its Annual Christmas Program. Here we see our Littlest Reindeer sing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "Jingle Bells".

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

Next up the First and Second Graders sing "O Come All Yea Faithful".

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

The next selection sung was "Our Friendly Beasts" complete with artwork.

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

Some of the older children provided musical accompanyment for the proceedings.

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

The nativity scene was portrayed along with a narration. Here we see Baby Jesus in a Manger.

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

Next we add in some Angels From On High.

Scene from Church School Christmas Program.

The scene is complete as we add in wise men, shepards, and some sheep. Our thanks to our teachers and church school leaders for the wonderful show they presented.

Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Scene from Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas.

Nick and Nikki with the help of Luba decorated the church for Christmas. This is a photo our new Christmas tree which has the lights already built in.

Scene from Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas.

The Children's sermon this Month was about St. Nicholas. Fr. Andrew is showing an icon of St. Nicolas while explaining about his Bishop's robes.

Scene from Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas.

Father Andrew then read a story about a miracle which occurred through the intercessory prayer of St. Nicholas. It was about a father who his lost son in a storm at sea and the return of a golden cup.

Scene from Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas.

After the story, Nick dressed as St. Nicolas distributed golden coins which had chocolate inside.

Scene from Children's Sermon And A Visit From Saint Nicholas.

The children were then dismissed to their class rooms for church school.