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"Coast Guard Training"
Fr. Andrew spent the day with Commander Duke who is a volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Commander Duke is a member of St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge IL. Because Fr. Andrew was a member of the Coast Guard, Duke invited him to go on this mission.
Each week Commander Duke and Commander Joe, another member of the CG auxiliary, patrol the Illinois Ship canal looking for toxic spills and any other violations or unusual activity. This photo shows the city of Chicago from the canal.
One of the canal tugs pushing barges. This was the only barge seen on the canal. Barge traffic is noticeably down during this time of recession.
Fr. Andrew was given the opportunity to steer the 21 ft. speed boat.
Docking and the end of the voyage which was about 60 miles.
"A Visit To The Zoo"
Each year Archbishop Job invites local churches to join him for a day at the Brookfield Zoo. Holy Trinity Cathedral provides lunch. It was a coincidence that St. Parthenius of Radovysdius is commemorated on this day. He was known for his love of animals expressed in healing prayers for sick animals.
Fr. Andrew and the families from St. Luke who enjoyed the day with His Eminence.
Being chased by a T Rex dinosaur at the dinosaur exhibit.
"As Many As Been Baptized Into Christ"
This week during Liturgy, St. Luke Parish was blessed with a multiple baptism. Four infants were "Baptized Into Christ." Here we see Isabella, Gianna, Ava, Alex, and their God Parents. The God Parents proclaim Christ and reject the devil at this point.
The blessing of the baptismal water.
Those to be baptized are annointed with oil on the forehead, brest and shoulders, ears, hands, and feet.
The servant of God is baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The newly baptized clothed in their baptismal garments are then Chrismated. The priest annoints them with Holy Chrism making the sign of the Cross on the forehead, the eyes, the nostrils, the lips, both ears, the breast, the hands and the feet, and saying each time "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit." The people all reply "Sealed!"
Next the newly baptized are tonsured. The priest removes a piece of hair. This is their first offering to God.
The newly baptized and their God Parents process around the baptismal font as the congregation sings "As Many As Been Baptized Into Christ, Have Put On Christ."
The newly baptized are then churched by the priest.
Following the Liturgy, a lunch was served in honor of the newly baptized. Congratulations to all and "God Grant Them Many Years!"
God Grant Them Many Years
We congratulate Caroline and Matthew on the Marriage this weekend. We wish them all the best and "God Grant Them Many Years!"
St. Lukes Begins 10th Year At The Garden Center
Father Andrew shares the Gospel with the residents of the Garden Center as St. Luke Parish begins it's 10 year of visitation.
Father Andrew explaining the 13 stars for the first 13 colonies on the flag sewn by Betsy Ross.
Enjoying the end of nine years coming together in fellowship with one of Stea's homemade cakes. A delicious way to kick off the start of our tenth year.
Children's Sermon For July
Fr. Andrew asked the children what they thought Jesus meant when he said " I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit." John 15:5.
Using a plant, he explained how important it is to be attached to Jesus if we are to grow in our Christian lives. He emphasized the need for frequent Communion, daily prayer and good works.