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January 2010

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OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service

Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

The priests representing the 80 Orthodox Parishes in the greater Chicago area processed into St. Georges Antiocian Orthodox Church in Cicero for the second annual prayer service for the Sanctity of Life. Click Here to view the text of this service.
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Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

Fr. Nicholas Jonas of Sts. Constantine and Helen parish and Proto-deacon Robert Northrop of St. Panteleimon were the main celebrants.

Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

Bishop Dimitri of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitanate of Chicago was the attending hierarch. He is reading the prayer for the sanctity of life. Click Here to view the text of this prayer.

Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

Fr. Rihani, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians for Life, gave the homily. In his homily he pointed out the change that is going on in America supporting the sanctity of life by the next generation. The numbers attending the march for life have been increasing each year to a record of 200,000 this year.

Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

After the service all gathered for refreshments, fellowship and a lecture by Frederica Matthews-Green.

Scene from OCCA Sanctity Of Life Service.

Frederica Matthews Green's lecture centered on her experience as a militant feminist who changed her opinions about the practice of abortion. She gave a survey of the writings of Orthodox Church Fathers on abortion. She concluded her remarks with suggestions for Orthodox Christians in support the pro life issues.

St. Luke Parish Observes Sanctity Of Life Sunday

Scene from St. Luke Parish Observes Sanctity Of Life Sunday.

For the celebration of Sanctity of Life Sunday, Fr. Andrew presented an Icon of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth given to St. Luke by Frederica Matthews Green. The Icon shows Christ in Mary's womb blessing St. John the Baptist.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Observes Sanctity Of Life Sunday.

Suzy, a new mom and member of St. Luke told about her experience with doctors who recommended she have an abortion because one of her twins had spina bifita.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Observes Sanctity Of Life Sunday.

Suzy and husband Jon with her twins Naomi and Alexander. Alexander who was born with spina bifita has handicaps but with God's help will grow up and have a normal life. Today with modern medicine, most children with this handicap can survive and thrive.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Observes Sanctity Of Life Sunday.

Fr. Andrew presented Frederica Matthews Green with an Icon of St. Luke to honor her visit to Chicago.

God Grant Fr. Andrew Many Years

Scene from God Grant Fr. Andrew Many Years.

This Sunday we celebrated Fr. Andrew's birthday. The congregation sang "Many Years" and Fr. was presented with this cake.

Scene from God Grant Fr. Andrew Many Years.

Fr. Andrew cutting his cake.

Church School Lesson

Scene from Church School Lesson.

Here is an example of the great job our church school teachers do. A preschool class project to celebrate Zacchaeus Sunday. Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus. When you pull on the string the figure goes up into the tree.

The Great Blessing Of Water

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

This year, because of the snow and sub zero weather, the outdoor blessing of water at a water source took place at the end of January. This was the first Sunday the parish was able to gather in the snow covered courtyard.

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

Father Andrew blesses the water.

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

The baptismal font is filled with water from the well and the overflow is drained back into the well. When the words: "by water and fire Elijah over came the priests of Baal", lighted candles are immersed into the water.

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

Father Andrew plunges the Holy Cross into the water while the Choir sang the hymn of the blessing. "When You O Lord were baptized in the Jordan....."

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

The Holy Cross is then elevated. This is repeated three times.

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

Our bell ringers on duty in the bell tower. They ring the bells at the appropriate times during the service.

Scene from The Great Blessing Of Water.

The service ends with the blessing of the people with the newly blessed Holy Water. The service signifies Christ's sanctification of the cosmos.

New Year's Celebration

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

St. Luke Parish held it's annual New Year's Celebration this week.

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

A buffet was served, the main course being all you can eat ribs and chicken.

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

This is a family event and games were set up for the young children in the old basement area.

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

Our St. Luke Band was not availiable to play this year, but we did have a disc jockey to provide music.

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

These two young ladies were our most energic dancers and set the tone for everyone else.

Scene from New Year's Celebration.

Parishioners from Sts. Peter and Paul Parish joined us for our celebration and also took to the dance floor.

Our thanks go out to our Community Team and for all who worked so hard for us to have such a wonderful evening.

Children's Sermon And St. Basil's Bread

Scene from Children's Sermon.

The children gathered around while Fr. Andrew blessed the loaf of St. Basil bread to commemorate the feast of St. Basil. Baked into the loaf is the traditional gold coin.

Scene from Children's Sermon.

After the blessing Father gave his monthly children's sermon, This months sermon was about the meaning of the celebration of our Lords Baptism and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity.

Scene from Children's Sermon.

He used the three states of water: liquid, ice and steam to explain the trinity.

Scene from Children's Sermon.

The children received from Father the cut and wrapped St. Basil's bread.

Scene from Children's Sermon.

The Choir was next to receive the blessed bread.

Scene from Children's Sermon.

Lydia found the gold coin in her bread as she began to eat and drink at our after Liturgy fellowship hour.

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