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March 2010

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The Passion Gospels

Father Andrew and Deacon prepare for the readings of the Passion Gospels .

Passion Gospel Service - This is one of the most important and solemn Holy Week services. It is a remembrance and an entrance into the suffering and death of Christ. The priest, standing in the center of the church surrounded by twelve lighted candles, reads the words of the apostles who witnessed the events. As each Gospel is read one candle is extinguished.

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

During the fifth reading, the priest processes with the Cross carried his shoulder as he chants, "He who hung the earth upon the waters is now being hung on the cross." As Simon carried the cross for Christ during his walk to the crucifixion, the priest now carries the cross. In doing so here presents the entire congregation.

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

At the point of the sixth Gospel when "He yielded up the spirit" is read, the priest places a wreath of red flowers over the cross." (This is the moment in the scripture reading when Christ died).

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

Following the placing of the wreath, several of the young ladies of the congregation sang the hymn "The Wise Thief" in remembrance of the thief who was crucified with Christ and accepted Him while on the cross.

To hear the hymn "The Wise Thief", click here.
Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

Parishioners venerate the cross.

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Wednesday Holy Unction Service

Icon of Christ with the Oil of Holy Unction .

Sacrament of Holy Unction - The Church is called the Body of Christ. We are members of the Body through our Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, and Holy Communion. As the sinful woman anointed Christ, we are also anointed with the oil of healing, so we can go with Christ to the Cross, suffer, die, and be resurrected with Him.

The Gosoel Reading.

The reading of the Gospel.

Clergy pray over Holy Oil .

Father Andrew prays over the Holy Oil.

Parishioners receive prayers of special healing .

During the service all who are in need of special healing gather together in the center of the church. The priest holds the open Gospel over them and reads the Prayer of Absolution. Epistle and Gospel lessons regarding healing are read. "The prayer of the faithful will save the sick." (James 5:15) We prepare for this service by prayer and fasting from noon.

Father Andrew anoints parishioner with the Oil of Holy Unction .

At the conclusion of the service, the faithful are anointed with the sacrament of Holy Unction. The priest anointes each of the faithful with the oil of healing on various parts of the body: forehead, eyes, ears, mouth, chest, palm, and the back of each hand. These areas are associated with the senses of smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The neck or chest is anointed for breath and for the heart.

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Tuesday Bridegroom Service

Father Andrew reads the Gospel .

Tuesday's Bridegroom Service with the procession of the hymn of St. Cassian describes the life and conversion of the sinful woman who anointed Christ. The congregation is blessed with rose water. The rose water is symbolic of the sweet smelling myrrh with which the sinful woman anointed Christ. The scriptures tell us that the whole room was filled with the scent of myrrh. Once again it is important to understand that this is simply not a play being reenacted, but rather we are attempting to enter the life of Christ.

Scene from Tuesday Bridegroom Service.

The symbolic acts in the services draw us unto the life of Christ. Through these acts we venerate the individuals that these acts depict.

Tuesday's Gospel Lesson

John 12:17-50 "The hour has come for the son to be glorified."

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Monday - Bridgegroom Service

Scene from Bridegroom Service.

On Holy Monday there is a Bridegroom Service - Bridegroom Services instruct us in our faith, as does all the preparation for Holy Week. Even more they help us to make Holy Week more than simply a ritual that tells a story. The Bridegroom Services help us to enter into the story, the life of Jesus Christ, and live it.

Scene from Bridegroom Service.

On Monday night, the priest represents Christ and the congregation represents the bride waiting for the bridegroom. As the virgins were called to be vigilant and prepared for the coming of the bridegroom lest they be shut out of the bridal chamber; let us be likewise vigilant and prepared, lest we be shut out of the eternal kingdom. - Matthew 25: 1-13

Monday's Gospel Lesson

Monday's Gospel lesson is Matthew 22: 15-46 and 23: 1-30. "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites"

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Children's Sermon For Palm Sunday

Scene from Children's Sermon For Palm Sunday

Fr. Andrew preached a children's sermon on Palm Sunday. He gave stones to the children and asked if they could hear the stones shouting. The children said they could not hear anything.

Scene from Children's Sermon For Palm Sunday

He explained the meaning of Palm Sunday and how the people greeted Jesus with palm and tree branches and shouts of Hosanna. The officials wanted Jesus to tell the people to keep silent. Jesus said if he did the stones would shout.

Scene from Children's Sermon For Palm Sunday

Father said the stones don't shout because people all over the world are celebrating and shouting Hosanna. If they ever stop shouting then the stone would shout. He them gave all the children branches and told them to shout Hosanna.

Palm Sunday

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The hymn of Palm Sunday proclaims the children holding the emblems of victory singing, "Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." We experience Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem by processing around the church holding palm and pussy willow branches as symbols of Christ's ability to overcome death by raising Lazarus.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Father Andrew Blessing the palms and pussy willow branches.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

At the end of Liturgy, the parishioners all received palms and branches and went outside for a procession around the church singing the Troparion of the day.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Following the procession, the parishioners were annointed with oil.

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

Scene from Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

This Saturday Divine Liturgy was held to celebrate Christ bringing Lazarus back from the dead. Following Liturgy parishioners enjoyed a lenten breakfast before pitching in with the spring cleanup. Windows were washed, workwood polished, and the property and grounds were picked up as well. During the course of the day, Father Andrew was on hand to hear confession. Here members of our Venturing program cleaned up the grounds and nearby forest preserve.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

Here Laurie gives Jill some of the finer points on the clening of the candle stands.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

How many parishes have a Lay Chairperson that also does windows?

Scene from Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

Sometimes you have to really streach to get the top clean.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday And Spring Cleanup

While the cleaning was going on, others prepared the palms and pussy willows for Palm Sunday.

The property team would once again like to thank all those who gave of their saturday morning and their labor to help St. Luke Parish get ready for Pascha.

Lenten Family Retreat

Scene from Lenten Family Retreat

This Sunday following Liturgy, St. Luke parish held its Annual Lenten Family Retreat. Activities were scheduled for both adults and children. Here we see the Church School Children baking Prosphoro.

St. Nicholas of Zhicha

Scene from St. Nicholas of Zhicha

This Sunday we blessed the Icon of St. Nicholas of Zhicha which was donated in memory of the departed of the Rakovic family by Lillian and Zak Racovic. This icon is part of our Saints of America Shrine and was painted by iconographer, Cheryl Pituck

For information concerning the life of St. Nicholas of Zhicha please click here

Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

For the 12th consecutive year, clergy and parishioners from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish joined those from St. Luke Parish to celebrate a lenten presanctified Liturgy.

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

Mark Olson, a participant in the laity enducation program spoke to the congregation following the Liturgy about Job and his sufferings and why bad things happen to good people.

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

Following the dismissal, all were invited to share in a lenten meal. Here Father Panteleimon blesses the meal.

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

The meal is served.

Scene from Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish Visits For Presanctified Liturgy

Father Andrew and Father Nicholas share food and fellowship with parishioners.

We thank Sts. Constantine and Helen Parish for sharing this day with us and also for having us as visitors at their church as well. We look forward to continuing this tradition again next year.

St. Luke Parish Honors Scouts

Scene from St. Luke Parish Honors Scouts

Father Andrew reads an encyclical about Scout Sunday in the Orthodox Church. Scout Sunday was observed on March 14th this year at St. Luke's. The 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts in America was February 7th, 2010.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Honors Scouts

The Scouts who were present were given eco-friendly, re-usable tote bags printed with the 12 points of the Scout Law, as well as the Outdoor Code, a pledge to be conservation-minded, careful with fire, and considerate of the outdoor environment.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Honors Scouts

Scouts in our parish include the teen members of our own Venturing Crew, as well as Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts active in units in their various communities. Several of our adult parish members have served as leaders in Scouting, and many have been involved in scouting in their youth, some having achieved the ranks of Life and Eagle Scout.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Honors Scouts

Venturing Crew 2635 presented the official Boy Scouts of America charter to the church, who sponsors the crew. The crew became a chartered Scouting unit in the spring of 2009, making us almost a year old!

Missionary Visit

Scene from Missionary Visit

Floyd Frantz made his fifth fund raising visit to St. Luke. Fr. Andrew suggested we adopt Floyd and his wife Ancuta as our foreign missionaries. Fr. Andrew asked Floyd what St. Luke could do to help his mission in Romania. Floyd said they needed a lap top computer and baby close. A new computer was presented to him before he left for Romania. The baby close will follow said Fr. Andrew. Click Here - Philantrophy - For more information on the Romanian mission or visit the Mission web site

Parish Council Installation

Scene from Parish Council Installation

This Sunday our newly elected parish council members were gathered to recite the oath of office was administered to our new parish council Members led by Father Andrew. We pray that God will help them in their efforts.

Children's Sermon For March

Scene from Children's Sermon For March

We had a record number of children listening to Fr. Andrew's monthly children's sermon. The sermon was about the origin of the common pretzel. Fr. explained they were originally made to be eaten during lent because they are made with only flower, water, and yeast like Prophora.

Scene from Children's Sermon For March

The word pretzel comes from the German word brezel which means little hands. Pretzels are made in the form of a cross as when you fold your hands over your breast in prayer and when you come for communion. Fr. said gifts of pretzels were given when a person had their Lenten confession. All the children received a piece of a pretzel.

Sunday Of The Cross

Cross adorned with flowers

The third Sunday of Lent is the half way point of Great Lent. On this Sunday a flower decorated cross is displayed in the center of the sanctuary during the Liturgy. At the point in the Liturgy when normally "Holy God" is sung it is replaced with "Before Your Cross we bow down and worship You." During this hymn three prostrations are made. They signify our devotion to God and that we have accepted His cross. It is also given as a help to fight off the attacks of the Devil who during Lent wants us to fail in our fast and it helps us to keep our heart pointed toward the Cross and Christ's victory over death at Pascha.

Parishioners bow down before the Cross

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

St. Raphael Of Brooklyn

Scene From St. Raphael Of Brooklyn.

Today Fr. Andrew blessed the Icon of St. Raphael of Brooklyn which is the first Icon of a new set of Icons of the saints of America. It was donated by the Kopulos family in memory of both the living and departed family members. This original Icon was painted by Cheryl Pituch from a photograph. Here Lee speaks about St. Raphael.

Scene From St. Raphael Of Brooklyn.

The feast day of St. Raphael was February 27, He was canonized a saint in 2000. He was the first Orthodox Bishop consecrated in America by Metropolitan Tikhon in 1904 and was assigned to care for the Arab Christians in America.

For information concerning the life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn please click here


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