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January

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Garden Center Visit For January

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Fr. Andrew started our visit with a story about St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Elizabeth who was of royal blood, served the humblest needs of the poor. She would daily take bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land who came to her gate. She died before her 24th birthday in the year 1231.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Fr. Andrew had some special help, thanks to Justin and Jonathan.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Everyone was fortunate that Stea brought two loafs of her baked St. Basil's sweet bread.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Blessing of the bread.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For January.

Rusty found the coin and is considered the blessed one for the year.

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 Theophany we bless our water well in our new prayer shrine which was constructed over St. Luke's well. Father Andrew is reading the blessing prayers.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

Fr. Andrew reading while Lee holds the Gospel. The reading is from Mark 1: 9-11 which discribes the baptism of Christ.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

During the prayers after the Gospel reading, Fr. Andrew blesses the water with the sign of the cross.

Scene from 
The Great Blessing Of Water.

A wooden cross was then placed into the water and then retrieved by Maximus. This was the same cross Father Andrew placed into the Jordan river when he visited the Holy Land on pilgrimage.

The dismissal prayers were chanted, the cross venerated and all attending received a blessing with Holy Water from the consecrated well.

Children's Sermon On Theophany

Scene from Children's Sermon On Theophany.

The Children's sermon this month was delivered on the feast of the Theophany. Fr. Andrew read from a children's bible and showed pictures of St. John baptizing Christ and the prophet Elijah praying for God to consume his sacrifice.

Scene from Children's Sermon On Theophany.

Father explained how St. John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy that Elijah would return and prepare way for Jesus. He compared the decent of the Holy Spirit on Christ with the fire from heaven which consumed Elijah sacrifice. This event is symbolized with candles which are plunged into the water when the water is being blessed.


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