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Annual Quad Parish Picnic
Luba Johnson, Chairperson of the quad parish picnic, welcomes His Eminence Archbishop Job before the Divine Liturgy which was held in the Cook County Forest Preserve pavilion.
Archbishop Job presents the cross to the co celebrants: Fr. Andrew, Fr, Myron, Fr. Anthony, Fr. Luke, and Fr. Herman.
Bell ringer Joanna strikes the symontron as the clergy process to the pavilion.
"Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit".
The combined parish choirs under the direction of John sings the responses. "Lord have Mercy".
Proto Deacon Andrew receives the blessing for the reading of the Gospel. "The reading is from the Gospel of St. Matthew".
Deacon Danial prepares to chant the litany. Have mercy on us O God.....
Archbishop preaches the sermon on what it means to take up the cross and follow Christ.
A memorial brick was blessed at the end of the Liturgy in remembrance of Fr. Steven Karaffa who fell asleep in the Lord last year. He was the rector of St. Peter and Paul Parish.
Fr. Herman is one of three Priests who distributed Holy Communion along with him is Deacon Robert.
Archbishop Job presenting the cross at the conclusion of the Liturgy.
The Archbishop blessing the food.
The picnic begins with hot dogs, hamburgers. fried chicken and salad.
Since the picnic was held on the national holiday of Flag day our Venturing Crew held a flag retirement ritual.
Old flags were cut apart, separating the stars from the stripes and then burning them one at a time. Nick, one of the adult leaders, read the symbolic meaning of the American flag.
The procedure began with war veterans and then all had a chance to put in parts of the flags into the fire. Here Archbishop Job puts in the stripes.
Paulette played taps to conclude the ceremony.
Fr. Anthony demonstrated slight of hand magic to the children as one of the many activities of the day which included both adult and children's games.
Children's Sermon On Pentecost
Fr. Andrew told the children about Pentecost and showed a picture from a Children's Bible showing the decent of the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues. He quoted a verse from the Matins service of Pentecost which described the decent as the fiery dew.
He used a flashlight with and without batteries as an example of the need to have the power of the Holy Spirit in order to live a Christian life. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God who helps, comforts and tells us the truth.
He ended the sermon by inviting the children to participate in the kneeling prayers which describe the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
Monthly Visit To The Garden Center
Fr.Andrew held a flash light and said there was no light in it, but when he opened it up and put in batteries the light shone bright. Just like the apostles gathered in one room at Pentecost, when the sound of a mighty wind was heard rushing through the house, and over the head of each man flickered a small flame, a sigh thet the Holy Spirit was with them. Just like the batteries made the light for the flash light, the Holy Spirit is the light within us. Once again we were happy to have Matushka Miriam Nelson visit with us. Next month we celebrate 9 years of coming together in prayer and fellowship with cake and ice cream.