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April

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Tuesday Bridegroom Service

Scene from Tuesday - Bridgegroom Service.

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 - Bridgegroom 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."

Scene from Tuesday - Bridgegroom Service.

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.

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.

The Gospel Reading.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

At the end of Liturgy, the parishioners all received palms and branches and went outside for a procession led by the clergy 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.

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.

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.

St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

Scene from St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

For the 16th year, St. Luke has hosted a Pre-sanctified Liturgy with St. Constantine and Helen our sister Orthodox parish in Palos Hills.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

Our Choir under the leadership of Paulette Velazquez sang the responses. They have been practicing through lent to provide the beautiful and sometimes difficult melodies and chants. They were exceptional singing this service. The choir is always asking for singers to join. See Paulette.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

Father Andrew's sermon was about the Prophet Jacob's dysfunctional family.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

Fr. Nicholas distributed blessed bread call Antidorin after the Liturgy.

Scene from St. Luke Parish Hosts Presanctified Liturgy

The parishioners from St. Constantine and Helen and St. Luke joined together for breaking of bread and fellowship. "What a joy it is when brothers dwell together in unity"

Spring Cleanup

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Following Soul Saturday Liturgy, parishioners gathered to do some spring cleaning on the chruch property.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Some of the men working in the altar area.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Old wax was removed and the candlestands were polished.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Using irons, the women removed wax from the carpets.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

The windows were washed inside and out.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Woodwook was cleaned and polished.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Altar items were also cleaned and maintained.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

While the cleaning was ongoing, Father Andrew heard confessions with signs leading the way.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

A lenten lunch was provided. Thanks to all who came out and gave of their time and effort during the cleanup.

Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

This was the 15th year that St. Luke and Sts. Constantine and Helen held joint Pre-sanctified liturgies together. This year Fr. Myron and Deacon Bob from St. Panteleimon's joined for the service.

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

The children from St. Constantine and Helen sang the responses.

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

Parishioners from all three parishes communed together.

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

Fr. Nicholas presented a relic of the true cross for veneration. This was a solemn moment for all who attended.

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

The relic of the true cross, which is just a minute sliver, will be on permanent display in the church.

Scene from Sts. Constantine And Helen Parish Hosts Presantified Liturgy

After the service, Sts. Constantine & Helen women served an evening dinner while Fr. Nicholas showed a video of Holy Cross Hellenic college.

Children's Sermon For April

Scene from Children's Sermon For April

The sermon was about incense. Fr. Andrew asked the children where in the bible can you read about incense. The children were stumped. Father referred to the three wise men in the Nativity story, the 141st psalm and the book of revelation as places were incense in mentioned.

Scene from Children's Sermon For April

The children were shown how incense in burned and how nice the smells is. Father said it was praying with your nose. He told them where it comes from and how it is made. He explained that Jesus is our high priest and burns incense in heaven.

Scene from Children's Sermon For April

Fr. Andrew burned some incense he brought back from his recent trip to Peru. It did not smell so good.

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

Parishioners make prostrations before the Cross.

Parishioners bow down before the Cross

Following the Liturgy, parishioners venerate the Cross.

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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.

Garden Center Visit For April

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Our visit started with a story about St. George. Orthodox iconography shows St. George slaying a dragon, which represents Satan.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Fr. Andrew explained how the true meaning of Easter is Christ's Resurrection.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Sweet smelling perfume like incense, that is used in worship, was passed around for everyone to smell. Psalm 141:2 "Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice."

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Next Fr. Andrew shared incense which he brought from Peru, which didn't have a perfume fragrance.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Our visit ended with cookies and conversation.

Presantified Liturgy

Parishioners prostrate before the Light Of Christ.

On Wednesdays during Lent the Presanctified Liturgy is celebrated. The word Presanctified refers to Holy Communion which has been consecrated on the Sunday before and distributed at the Presanctified Liturgy. One of the special features of this liturgy is the solemn blessing with a single lighted candle by the Priest who announces "The Light of Christ illumines all!" The faithful make a prostration. The scriptural readings are from Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah and Proverbs signifying the preparatory nature of this service.

Fr. Andrew will be teaching from the Lenten Synaxarion , which is a volume of sermons written by the Church Fathers that describe the significance of each Presantified Liturgy and its role in our Lenten preparations for Pascha

Scene from The Presanctified Liturgy.

Following the service all are invited to join in a pot luck lenten meal.

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.

Akathist Service

Father Harrison reads prayers in front of the Icon of the Virgin.

In some Orthodox Churches of the Russian Tradition the Presanctified Liturgy is celebrated both on Wednesday and Friday. Churches of the Greek Tradition celebrate the Akathist (salutations) to the Virgin Mary of Friday. An Akathist Hymn is a liturgical prayer of praise written about Christ, a certain saint or a need such as thanksgiving. The Akathist Hymn to the Virgin Mary portrays her as a compassionate mother who cares for us through her prayers. During Lent this is necessary because of the spiritual battle which we have undertaken.

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.

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