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October

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"As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ!"

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Today following the Liturgy, Mary and Paul were baptized. Since the baptismal font was designed for babies, Fr. Andrew had to pour the water over their heads. In the future an adult baptismal font will be constructed. Yesterday Gabriela was also baptized.

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Mary is baptized.

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Paul is baptized.

Congratulations to Mary, Paul, Garbriela, their sponsors, and their families. "God Grant Them Many Years!"

Church School Open House

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The church school held an open house to show the parents the new video and interactive teaching which began this year. Each room has a large TV and a computer connected to the Internet so students can discuss the available Orthodox educational material. The teachers are still learning how to use the new equipment.

Vespers For St. Luke's Feastday

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After Vespers all were invited to a dinner of good food and fellowship. The evening dinner was a variety of roll up sandwichs and salad.

Vespers For St. Luke's Feastday

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The feast Day of St. Luke was celebrated by Fr. Andrew and four visiting clergy: Fr. Daniel Doss from Holy Apostles Church in Normal, Fr. Myron Manzuk from St. Panteleimon in Summit, Fr. Herman Kincaid of Sts. Peter and Paul in Burr Ridge and Fr. Andrew Bartek for St. Nicholas in Joliet. After the Vespers and blessing of the Artos all joined for fellowship and an evening snack in the Parish Hall.

Garden Center Visit For October

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Fr. Andrew told the story of St. Margaret Mary who was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray. All her actions, her revelations, her spiritual maxims and her teachings were regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart. Her feast day is October 17th.

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All the clients enjoyed viewing a cross Fr. Andrew brought back from Greece. Tim, Rusty, and Stea helping Susan examine the cross.

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All the clients enjoyed viewing a cross Fr. Andrew brought back from Greece. Tim, Rusty, and Stea helping Susan examine the cross.

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All the clients enjoyed viewing a cross Fr. Andrew brought back from Greece. Tim, Rusty, and Stea helping Susan examine the cross.

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As always, our visit ended with refreshments and conversation.

Children's Sermon For October

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The subject of today's sermon was the Jesus Prayer. Fr. Andrew told the children about the parable of the tax collector and Pharisee and how the tax collector prayed "God have mercy on me a sinner".

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He then showed them a prayer rope and explained how it is used to "pray without ceasing" which is described by St. Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians. 1 Thess. 5:17.

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He then blessed prayer ropes that he brought back from his recent pilgrimage to Mt. Athos along will other liturgical objects. The prayer ropes were given out to everyone at the end of the Liturgy.

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This photo shows the prayer ropes, a hand censer for the altar servers and new embroidered communion cloths for the handmaidens.

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Sister Pearl from Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, California was visiting today. Fr. Andrew invited her to explain the use of prayer ropes and the daily life of a nun. Sister Pearl was a former parishioner of St. Luke.

Scenes From Mount Athos

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Down town Thessalonika. Fr. Andrew by a archeological dig.

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Our retreat to Mt. Athos began with a tour of Thessalonica. Pete and Ken at the church where St. Paul preached. Adjoining the church is building that has copies of ancient documents.

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This photo was taken near the white tower of the city with Theo Rossos our trip organizer and Maria the local guide.

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Church of St. Gregory Palimas of Thessalonica.

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Arrival on Mt Athos. A two hour boat ride.

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We sailed past several monasteries. This is Simon Petra monastery.

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St. Panteleimons Russian monastery.

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This is St. Gregoriou monastery where we docked.

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Mt. Athos receives as many as 500 men per day from all over the world.

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From the bow of the boat. All of the monasteries were under repair and reconstruction. There are 2000 monks living in 23 monasteries.

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Our accomodations. Fr. Andrew had his own private room in several monasteries.

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The poorest monastery had the best food. This monastery did not have electricy. We received one of the warmest welcomes.

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Ken resting after a hiking to another monastery. The temperature was hot. We were given water by a passing priest.

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Visiting a small chapel. Peters taking photos. Most churches did not permit photography. Fr. Andrew recorded services.

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Services began at 3am and ended at 8am every day. We received holy communion every day at the divine liturgy.

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This monastery was never completed because of the Russian revolution. Photos were permited. It is now being finished with funds from the EU.

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Group photo with monks. Our group has one person from Arkansas, Michigan and one from one of the Dutch Caribbean islands. Our leader Theophilis arranged the itinerary.

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Example of construction. Many workers from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Russia are doing the reconstruction.

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This rock with the cross is used in many documentaries. Mt. Athos can be seen in the distance. Over 2000 ft above sea level.

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Vatopediou monastery. This is one of the largest. Over 200 monks. Fr. Andrew recorded the liturgy. The chanting was the best.

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The weather changed and it became cold and rainy. It is difficult to remember all the names of the 8 monasteries and three sketes visited but Peter kept a log and is planning to make a documentary movie.

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Today we sailed back to Thessalonica. We still have several monasteries to visit on the Greek mainland.

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Upon return to Thessalonica we went stopping for souvenirs. The photo is of the water front .

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Our first stop for shopping was coffee at Starbucks.

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This is an olive stand at the local market. Could not resist to buy some.

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Ken looking at cuts of beef. We have not had meat since we went to Mt. Athos.

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Fish at the market.

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Our first meat since our return. Fr. Andrew had calamari.

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This was a special Greek dinner for our pilgrims. All became very happy celebrating our return.

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Peter and Theophilis developed a special father and son relationship. They were the happiest of all. Pete now Paniotie vowed he would learn Greek and return some day.

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Today we traveled by bus to the cliff monasteries meteora. This is a world heritage site.

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Fr. Andrew dressed casual today. It was cold and he did not bring a warm shirt. The shirt he is wearing was borrowed from Ken.

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View from the monastery - Incredible!

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Another view.

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Climbing up - There is a stairway from a bridge. Frightening but good exersize. We all needed it after last night's dinner and the long bus ride.

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Another monastery. They are still operating but mostly nuns. The men prefer Mt. Athos because of the great nember of visitors who crowd these sites.

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The icon depicks the Greek philosophers as precursors of Christianity such as Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates which is painted on the outside rear wall.

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This is use to call the monks to prayer. It is so old that it is almost warn through from hammering on it. Moses used such a board to call the animals into the Ark.

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Lunch - We went to a restaurant which serves home made Greek food. You pick out what you want. Delectable.

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Attended Sunday Divine liturgy at St. Dimitrios in Thessalonica. This is the Cathedral which has the complete relics of him in a shrine. Fr. Andrew recorded the chanting. Many Children and adults received communion. The church was full.

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After Liturgy we went to Beroea where St. Paul preached. Fr. Andrew on the very steps where St. Paul preached in Beroea. This is told in Book of Acts - Acts 17:13. Beroea is south of Thessalonica.

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This mosaic shows St. Paul preaching. A group from Moody Bible in Chicago was there traveling the foot steps of St Paul.

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Ceiling of the church in Beroea. It is just about the size of St. Luke Parish.

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Beroea church with bell tower.

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New Church - Built to house one of the Icons of the Theotokos painted by St. Luke. Located in the mountains.

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Maria our local tour guide explaining the history of thr church - The icon of the virgin is in the distance.

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The iconastas.

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Incomplete ceiling mosaics.

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Monastery of St. John the baptist. Located also south of Thessalonica. They have only three monks.

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View from the last monastery. This is the monastery of St. John the baptist . Tomorrow we return to Chicago.

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Saying farewell to our visit to Greece, Thessalonica and Mt. Athos.

Diakonia Dash

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The Diakonia Dash is a 4k race sponsored by St. Constantine and Helen. St. Luke was the 1/2 way point. We provided water for the runners and their times. Group photo of participants.

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Handing out water to the runners.

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