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Christmas Eve Supper And Vigil Service
St. Luke Parish held it's annual Lenten Holy Supper on the Eve of the Nativity. This supper is pot luck style with the parishioners bringing different dishes that are non meat and non dairy. Tradition is that there should be twelve different dishes which is symbolic of the tweleve apostles and it should be eaten without pepper or knives. Pepper symbolizes arguments and knives the cutting of friendships. The parishioners gathered by candlelight for a short prayer service performed by Father Andrew which began the Holy Supper.
It is our tradition that the youngest read the following passage from Matthew 2: 1-12. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this , he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priest and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah,
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.'"
Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also." When they heard the King, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they ahd opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
Father Andrew blesses the honey, bread and garlic on the table.
Parishioners share the unleavened Bread called Oplacki.
Next wine was shared by all saying "Unite us in Faith and Love."
Father Andrew then placed honey on the forehead of everyone with the words, "May we all love one another as the bee loves honey."
The Lenten Holy Supper is served.
Parishioners enjoy their meal and fellowhip before attending the Christmas Vigil Service.
Scene from the Vigil Service.
Father annoints the parishioners following the service.
Christmas Pageant And Visit From St. Nick
The children are performing a nativity play with the child Jesus, angles and shepards. The small children are dressed as amimals.
"Shepard's in the field by night.
St. Nicholas made his annual visit to St. Luke everyone was wondering what happened to Father Andrew.
St. Nicholas asked the children if they were good and obeyed their parents He then gave out gold coins made of Chocolate.
St. Nicholas gave books to the adults directing them to read and learn more about their faith for the coming year.
Garden Center Visit For December
Fr. Andrew began our visit with the story of the birth of Jesus. Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, found the city full of people and lodging already full. Joseph anxious because he knew the time of the baby's birth was near, took shelter in a stable. During the night Mary's baby was born, Jesus. She wrapped him in strips of linen and gently laid him in a manger. Then the night sky was filled with angels who sang in praise of God.
Janet joyfully reciting her Christmas poem.
Steven, who joined the Garden family 11-4, enjoying snacks and conversation for the first time with Fr. Andrew.
Children's Sermon For December
For St. Nicholas day, Fr. Andrew read a story from a book of 20 stories about St. Nicholas. This story was about how St. Nicholas met Mohamed and had a discussion with him about miracles. He said this story was a legend because St. Nicholas lived in the 4th century and Mohamed lived in the 6th century. It still was a nice story.Dedication of St. Nicholas Church at ground "0"