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January 2010

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The Great Blessing Of Water

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

According to Orthodox Liturgical Tradition there are two water blessings for Theophany (the celebration of the Baptism of Christ). One inside the church and one outside at a water source - river, spring, ocean or well. At St. Luke on the Sunday after Theophany we bless our water well by connecting it to our baptismal font by hose. Father Andrew is reading the blessing prayers.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Father Andrew makes the sign of the cross in the water.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Here Father Andrew extinguishes lighted candles when he reads about how Elijah triumphed over the priest of the god Baal by fire and water.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

The Cross is them plunged into the water tree times while the choir sings the Troparion "When You O Lord were Baptized in the Jordan ..." The church bells are rung at this moment. The water running off the cross is collected and used to bless the people and the Church.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Father Andrew plunges the Cross into the water.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Our bellringers in place in the bell tower.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Father Andrew sprinkles the parishioners with Holy Water.

Garden Center Visit For January

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Fr. Andrew telling the story of St. Andrew.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Blessing of the St. Basil's Sweet Bread.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Cutting the bread.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Passing out the bread to all the residents with hopes of finding the gold coin.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Sue finds the gold coin and is considered the blessed one for the year.

St. Basil's Bread

Scene from 
St. Basil's Bread.

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 
St. Basil's Bread.

Father Andrew cuts the bread.

Scene from 
St. Basil's Bread.

Parishioners each received a piece of the bread as they left the church.

Scene from 
St. Basil's Bread.

Emma was the lucky one to find the coin in her bread.

Children's Sermon For January

Scene from 
Children's Sermon For January.

Father's children's sermon was about how Christians began using the evergreen tree as a symbol for the Nativity of our Lord. He quoted Hosea 14:8 which describes the evergreen tree as a sign of God's care for us.

Scene from 
Children's Sermon For January.

Father pointed to the Christmas tree in the church asking the children to describe ornaments which are symbols of the Christmas story: lights for Christ being the light of the world, the star for the star of Bethlehem, balls for the wise men's gifts, angels for the angelic songs, animals for the Shepards in the field.

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