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The Reading of 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)Journey To Pascha - 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 feel free 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
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.
The parishioners one by one asked each other for forgiveness.Journey To Pascha - 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 feel free 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.
This Sunday St. Luke held its Annual Parish Meeting. Parish council and ministry reports were presented and the 2015 budget was presented and approved.
St. Luke Parish members and clergy gather with His Grace, Bishop Paul to support the work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) at the annual Mission Team Chicago benefit dinner at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Ill. His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Kenya delivered the keynote address.
Garden Center Visit For February
Fr. Andrew started our visit with a story about how Abraham sent his servant to the land of his birth, Nahor in Mesopotamia, to bring back a wife for his son Isaac. The servant prayed to God for a sign and then chose Rebekah.
Fr. Andrew showed us a icon made on papyrus which he brought back from Egypt.
Fr. Andrew passed out crosses he brought back from Egypt to all the clients. The crosses were purchased in what is now a church which Mary, Joseph and Jesus lived in for seven years.
Jane, the Garden Center's newest resident, met Fr. Andrew for the first time and wanted her picture taken with him.
As always our visit ended with conversation and snacks.
Food For The Christian Soul Visits Greek Islands
Our Food For The Christian Soul Ministry visited Greek Islands Restaurant this month.
This was our largest tundout yet as 38 people attended.
During the dinner, Lee held a Bible Study quiz on things Greek.
Matt conducted a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Cuisine Trivia contest.
Scene from dinner.
Scene from dinner.
Thanks to our ministry team for hosting another successful event.
New Members Luncheon
On Meat fare Sunday we have our last dinner with meat preparing for the great fast. We also welcome new members who recently join St. Luke.
The new members are Galena, Nicolas, and Sarah. Both Nicholas and Sarah are away at college. Their parents stood in for them. We had another member who was not present. All received an Icon of St. Luke.
Father Andrew blessing the food.
Children's Sermon For February
Father Andrew and Pat recently return from a tour of Egypt. The children sermon today was about biblical events in Egypt.
Shown is a facsimile of a mud brick. Fr. Andrew asked the children" where in the Old testament are mud bricks mentioned. James said that the Hebrews made mud bricks in Egypt for the Pharaoh.
The next story was from the New Testament. Fr. Andrew held up an Icon of Jesus, Mary and Joseph printed on a papyrus paper. He ask them about the reason Holy Family went to Egypt. One of the children said they were told to by God so that Jesus would not be killed by Herod.
He them explained that we visited the church in Cairo built over the house where the Holy Family stayed. He them gave out Coptic crosses that were purchased at the church to all the Children.
One of the Coptic crosses.
Blessing Of Vestments
This Sunday an all you can eat soup lunch was held. The proceeds went to support our mission teams.
Father Andrew And Pat In Egypt
Father Andrew and Pat arrived in Cairo safely. This is the hotel were they are staying. You can see the great pyramid in the background.
This is the famous temple of Abu Simbal in Aswan. The weather is nice but hot.
This is the throne room of Tutmoses the second. This is a mud brick which was given to Fr Andrew to be used in a children's sermon about Moses. Fr. Andrew decided to use a facsimile instead of a real brick. He left it there.