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 Paul 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 Paul then placed honey on his forehead and asked everyone also to do so. "May we all love one another as the bee loves honey."
Parishioners share the unleavened Bread called Oplacki.
Next wine was shared by all saying "Unite us in Faith and Love."
The Lenten Holy Supper is served.
Following supper the Nativity Vigil Service was held.
Scene from the Vigil Service.
The Gospel Reading.
Service In New Lenox
Fr. Andrew holds the first liturgy at St. Luke South Campus. This is a new outreach into the South Suburban community. Divine Liturgy is held every Sunday at 10AM @ 112 Church St. In New Lenox.
Food For The Soul Holiday Seafood Dinner
This month our "Food For The Christian Soul Ministry" held a Holiday Seafood Dinner at St. Lukes. Here we sang the "Our Father" and the food was blessed.
Appetizers were served and included shrimp, scallops, and calamari.
There were over 40 in attendence including several visiting clergy. Great food and great company. Our thanks go out to our ministry leader Matt once again.
Garden Center Visit For December
Fr. Andrew started our visit with the story of Ruth. She was a childless widow who listened to the advice of an older wiser woman, Naomi, her mother-in-law. She was loyal to Naomi and worked very hard to survive. She married a rich man Boaz and had a son, Obed. Eventually, Ruth would be the great-grandmother of King David.
Fr. Paul told the story of St. Nicholas to a very attentive audience. He told how St. Nicholas put gold coins in a sock, threw the sock into a house through a window. He did this three nights in a row so that the father of the house would not have to sell his daughters to pay for his debt.
Fr. Andrew then showed everyone a sock that had candy gold coins inside. Fr. Paul explained how the generosity of St. Nicholas started the tradition of hanging up socks to be filled.
Janet recited her Christmas poem while everyone enjoyed snacks and conversation.
Jane requested her monthly picture with both Fr. Andrew & Fr. Paul. The smiles tell the story.
Children's Sermon And Visit From St. Nicholas
Fr. Paul teaches the life of St. Nicholas.
"Oh who loves Nicholas the saintly..."
St. Nicholas distributes golden chocolates!
Welcome Fr. Paul and Presbytera Michelle
This week we welcomed Father Paul Jannakos and Presbytera Michelle to St. Luke Parish. Father Paul's first service as rector was vespers.
At the end of the matins service, Father Andrew presents Father Paul with a vestment as a symbolic gesture of "the changing of the guard."
At the end of the Liturgy, Fr. Paul spoke of Fr. Andrew's service to St. Lukes and preented him with an icon of the American Saints.
Photo of Fr. Paul and Presbytera Michelle.
We at St. Luke would like to wish Fr. Paul and Michelle "Many Years" and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship for all.