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March

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

Scene from Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.

The annual Orthodox Sunday Vespers was held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. The service began with the entrance and veneration of the Holy Altar by the Local Orthodox Bishops.

Scene from Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.

Over 50 Orthodox parishes were represented at the Service. Fr. Andrew brought the Icon of St. John of Chicago which is displayed in the Narthex of St. Luke parish for the procession of icons.

Scene from Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.

Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Church gave the homily about the the importance of Icons as a theological expression of the incarnation of Christ. After the service the Cathedral sisterhood served coffee, cakes and snacks.

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

On the first Sunday of Lent, Orthodox Christians celebrate the official declaration of the 7th Ecumenical Council 787AD that the veneration of Icons is not the worship of images as the 2nd commandment describes. To celebrate the event, the parishioners of St. Luke held a procession of Icons, ( See Iconography) while the choir sang the hymn of the event. At its conclusion the proclamation of Orthodoxy and Creed were recited.

Proclamation of Orthodoxy:

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as Falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ awarded; Thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ Our True God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in Churches, in Holy Icons; On the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord, and on the other, honoring the Saints as true servants of the same Lord of All, and offering them proper veneration.

This is the Faith of the Apostles,
This is the Faith of the Fathers,
This is the Faith of the Orthodox,
This is the Faith which has established the Universe.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Sunday Of Orthodoxy.

The choir sings the hymn of the day during the procession.

The Reading of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Father Harrison reads the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

A canon is a liturgical poem divided into verses with a refrain. The Canon of St. Andrew, written in the 7th century, is divided into four sections, which are read on Monday through Thursday during Compline of the first week of Lent. St. Andrew, in composing the canon, traces the lives of people in the Bible who lived according to God's commandments with those who failed. By doing this, St. Andrew reminds us of our failings and need of repentance. An example of a verse with refrain is the following:

Solomon was carried away by gratification of his lust. Alas, he who loved wisdom now makes love to prostitutes and finds himself estranged from God. But in your every thought you have imitated him, O my soul, through your disgraceful love of luxury.

Refrain: Have mercy on me O God, have mercy on me.

During the reading the faithful make prostrations (a bow with the head to the floor)

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.

Forgiveness Sunday Vespers

Parishioneers ask each other for forgiveness.

The first service of Great Lent is called Forgiveness Sunday Vespers. It is a standard Lenten weekday evening service. The verses sung refer to beginning Lenten fasting (Parish Info: Fasting) overcoming sin and of spiritual growth. The service ends with the prayer of St. Ephriam the Syrian that asks God to take away various passions and give various virues with a special emphasis on forgiveness.

Parishioneers ask each other for forgiveness.

At the dismissal Father Andrew spoke about his own personal failings and asked for forgiveness and the parishioners asked each other for forgiveness while the choir sang the Paschal hymns.

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.

New Members Luncheon

Scene from New Members Luncheon.

Each year we honor our new members by presenting to them an Icon or St. Luke. This year we had four new members.

Scene from New Members Luncheon.

After the presentation of the icons, the new members pledge to remain active members, supporting the church by prayer, ministries and frequent reception of Holy Communion. After the prayer the new members face the congregation with the words: These new members are given to your care. Love them as Christ loves you. Help them mature in the faith so they may fulfill Christ command to preach the gospel.

Scene from New Members Luncheon.

The luncheon followed the service. Proto Deacon led the congregation with the singing the Lords Prayer and then Fr. Andrew blessed the food.

Garden Center Visit For March

Scene from Garden Center Visit For March.

Fr. Andrew began our visit with a story about St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity and it has been associated with him and the Irish since that time of his preaching.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For March.

Fr. Andrew brought from his visit to Peru, an object which contained two bulls, a cross with a ladder and a rooster. The bulls are a symbol of prosperity and fertility, the cross a symbol of the family's Christianity, the ladder to bring Christ down from the cross and the rooster, a reminder of Peter's denial of Christ and a warning to the family to be faithful. The object is blessed by the priest and then cemented on the the roof of their house.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For March.

The visit ended with cookies and great conversation.

Children's Sermon For March

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

Fr. Andrew is holding a symbol of two bulls, a cross with a ladder and a rooster which is placed on the peek of the roof of a new house. He brought the object back from his recent trip to Peru. When ever a new house is finished the best Man at the wedding brings the object which is blessed by the priest and then cemented onto the roof.

Scene from Children's Sermon For March.

Father explained that the two bulls are a symbol of prosperity and fertility. The cross symbolized that the family are Christians. The ladder was used to bring Christ's body down from the cross but one of the children mentioned Jacobs ladder to heaven . The rooster on the top of the cross symbolized Peter's denial which is a warning to the family to be faithful.

Soup On Sunday

Scene from Soup On Sunday.

St. Luke's Mission Teams for Summer 2013 trips to OCMC Kodiak, Alaska site, and YOCAMA's New Mexico and Montana sites hosted "Soup Sunday" on March 3, after Liturgy to raise funds for the trips. Our parish teens - some who will be participating in these trips - assisted the teams at the luncheon.

Scene from Soup On Sunday.

Fr. Andrew blesses the soup buffet with a variety of homemade soups, breads, deserts and beverages.

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