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March

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A Missionary Visits

Scene from A Missionary Visits

Floyd Franz paid a visit to St. Luke and spoke about his missionary work in Romania and Moldova. Floyd is an OCMC missionary who has established a ministry to those suffering from alcoholism. His wife runs a home for at risk children. Floyd's visit was to raise funds for his program which is named after St. Dimity. An offering will be taken next month and what ever is collected will be doubled from the benevolence fund.

Food For The Soul - La Dolce Vita

Scene from Food For The Soul - La Dolce Vita

Food for the Soul Dining Out Fellowship was held this month at La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant in Lemont, Illinois.

Scene from Food For The Soul - La Dolce Vita

Chuck, Ken and Laurie gathered outside the restaurant.

Scene from Food For The Soul - La Dolce Vita

Scene from the restaurant.

Scene from Food For The Soul - La Dolce Vita

Many were in attendence and the food and fellowship were outstanding. The theme for the next planned outing is Ethiopian.

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.

Cross adorned with flowers

Scene from the service.

Cross adorned with flowers

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

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.

Spring Cleanup

Scene from Spring Cleanup

St. Luke held its annual spring cleanup to get the building ready for Pascha. Here parishioners waxed woodwork and removed wax from the carpets and chairs.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Laurie cleaned our candlestands.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Mike worked on the glass doors.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Subdeacon John polished the brass altar articles.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Here Steve is washing windows. While the work was going on, Father Andrew spent the day hearing confessions. Thanks to all who came out and helped make this a very successful cleanup.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet

Scene from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet, March 20th, 2014.

Scene from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet

Scene from banquet.

Scene from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet

Scene from banquet.

Scene from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Annual Chicago Banquet

Guest speaker, Mark Gruin, IOCC Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Lenten Mission Vespers

Scene from Lenten Mission Vespers

It was St. Luke's turn this year to sponsor the Sunday Lenten Vespers service. Clergy and guests from other OCA parishes in the greater Chicago area came for this solemn evening service. The service concludes with the reading of the prayer of St. Ephriam.

Scene from Lenten Mission Vespers

Our Chanters under the direction of Paulette practiced for weeks before the service. She was joined by other chanters and singers from the visiting parishes. Positive comments were made about the wonderful rendition of the sacred music.

Scene from Lenten Mission Vespers

The homily was given by Reader Danial Manzuk about the state of the soul for unrepentant sinners after the final judgement.

Scene from Lenten Mission Vespers

Fr. Thomas Mueller, our Dean of Clergy is pictured as he serving himself at the dinner which followed the service.

Men’s Theological Forum

Scene from Men’s Theological Forum

The Men’s Theological Forum convenes for a second time and tackles the topic of salvation.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

At the dismissal Father Andrew spoke about his own personal failings and asked for forgiveness. Then he annointed each parishioner.

Parishioneers ask each other for forgiveness.

The parishioners one by one asked each other for forgiveness.

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 Member's Luncheon

Scene from New Member's Luncheon

Today we received our new members. Fr. Andrew blessed them, read a prayer and presented them with Icons of St. Luke.

Scene from New Member's Luncheon

The new members are Matthew, Alayna, Chloe, Diana, Mia, Benjamin, Justin, Nadya, Nicholas, Emily and Nicholas. We wish them all many years and they were given to the care of our members.Scene from New Member's Luncheon

Following the Liturgy we had our annual Cheesefare Sunday dinner of blintzes and quiche. We also honored our new members. Father Andrew blessed the meal.

Scene from New Member's Luncheon

Parishioners enjoy the meal.

Children's Sermon On Forgiveness Sunday

Scene from Children's Sermon On Forgiveness Sunday

For forgiveness Sunday, Fr. Andrew wrote forgiveness on three different sheets of paper with three different pens and pencils.

Scene from Children's Sermon On Forgiveness Sunday

He then tried to erase them. The word written with a soft pencil was completely erased. He explained how forgiveness should be like this because this is the way God forgives us if we ask him and we are sorry. When we truly forgive we also forget and start a new friendship just like a clean sheet of paper.

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