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April

Saturday Morning

Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Holy Saturday Liturgy celebrates Christ's descent into hell to free Adam and Eve and all who lived and died in anticipation of the coming of Christ. Historically this service was a time for new members to be chrismated into the church.

During this Vesper service, 15 different readings from the bible are read. The readings all refer to resurrection.

Scene from Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Here Father Andrew reads the 15th reading concerning the Three Holy Youths and the Fiery Furnace.

Scene from Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The clergy and servers begin the service all dressed in their lenten colors. At the point when Christ raises out of hell, the covers are changed. The priest, deacon, and altar servers change their vestments from the somber dark colors of lent to white. The words "Let God arise," are said. The altar cloths and candle holders are also changed at this time.

Scene from Holy Saturday Liturgy.

The Gospel reading.

Scene from Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Scene from the Liturgy.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.

Following the Liturgy, parishioners venerate the icon of Christ and the Eucharist is extended into an agape meal consisting of wine, bread, fruit, dates, figs, and nuts.

Scene from Holy Week - Holy Saturday Liturgy.
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.

Vigil

Vigil at the tomb.

Following the Lamentations on Friday night, parishioners volunteer to stand watch and "guard" the tomb of our Lord. This vigil lasts for 24 hours until the Pashcal services the following night. The church remains open during this time for visitors to come and worship before the tomb. The mood is that of a present-day wake. Bible verses are read during this time.

Friday Evening The Lamentations

Scene From The Lamentations.

As the name suggests the service is a mournful one lamenting the death of Christ. Psalm 119 "Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord." is chanted by the priest. The refrains are sung by the congregation, "O Life, how can You die?". During the singing of the 9th ode of the Canon, the priest blesses the congregation with rose water as rose petals are scattered around the church.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Here we see some of our handmaidens standing guard at the tomb.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Scene from the service.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Scene from the service.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Father Paul blesses the congregation with Rose Water.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The choir.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The youth sing hymns directed by Choir Director Michelle.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Rose petals are scattered around the church by the handmaidens.

Scene From The Lamentations.

During the service, the shroud is removed from the tomb and four men along with the priest, choir and entire congregation make a procession around the entire exterior of the church while the "Hymn of Noble Joseph" is sung. They return to the church to hear the reading Ezekiel about the valley of the dry bones. The service ends with the veneration of the shroud and the distribution of flowers. Immediately following this service the vigil of the tomb begins and continues all the way up to Saturday morning.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Scene from procession.

Scene From The Lamentations.

At the end of the procession, parishioners venerate the Gospel.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The procession is concluded as the parishioners reenter the church walking under the burial shroud.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The Burial Shroud is placed back into the tomb.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The reading of The Prophecy of Ezekiel.

Scene From The Lamentations.

The Gospel Reading.

Scene From The Lamentations.

Father Paul teaches about the service and then parishioners venerate Christ in the tomb.

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.

Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud

Scene from Holy Week - Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud.

Procession with the Burial Shroud - At this service the icon of Christ is removed from the Cross as the priest reads,"And taking Him down they wrapped Him in a linen shroud." The tomb prepared by the women stands empty in the center of the church. The shroud is carried by four men over the head of the priest who is carrying the gospel as the choir sings the "Hymn of Noble Joseph". The procession ends as the shroud is placed in the flower-decorated tomb. While the lamentations of the Virgin Mary are sung, the faithful make a prostration before the tomb and kiss the wounds on the figure of Christ on the shroud.

Scene from Holy Week - Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud.

The reader chants for the service.

Scene from Holy Week - Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud.

A beam of light shown thru the window near where the burial shroud lay on the altar.

Scene from Holy Week - Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud.

The beam of light in front of the altar.

Scene from Holy Week - Friday Afternoon Procession With The Burial Shroud.

Here Father Paul reads the Gospel.

Scene From Procession with the Burial Shroud.

Procession with the burial shroud.

Scene From Procession with the Burial Shroud.

Procession with the burial shroud.

Scene From Procession with the Burial Shroud.

Burial Shroud is placed in the tomb.

Scene From Procession with the Burial Shroud.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Procession With The Burial Shroud.

Parishioner venerates the Burial Shroud.

Friday Morning - Preparing The Tomb

Scene from Holy Week - The

Following the crucifiction, the myrrh bearing women prepared the tomb and Christ for burial. The women of the parish decorate the tomb of Christ with flowers.

Scene from Holy Week - The

The women prepare the tomb.

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.

Thursday Evening - The Passion Gospels

Father Andrew and Deacon prepare for the readings of the Passion Gospels .

Passion Gospel Service - This is one of the most important and solemn Holy Week services. It is a remembrance and an entrance into the suffering and death of Christ.

Scene from the readings of the Passion Gospels .

Readers chant the responses.

Father Paul reading of the Passion Gospels .

The priest, standing in the center of the church reads the words of the apostles who witnessed the events.

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

During the fifth reading, the priest processes with the Cross carried his shoulder as he chants, "He who hung the earth upon the waters is now being hung on the cross." As Simon carried the cross for Christ during his walk to the crucifixion, the priest now carries the cross. In doing so here presents the entire congregation.

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

At the point of the sixth Gospel when "He yielded up the spirit" is read, the priest places a wreath of red flowers over the cross." (This is the moment in the scripture reading when Christ died).

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

Following the placing of the wreath, the hymn "The Wise Thief" is sung in remembrance of the thief who was crucified with Christ and accepted Him while on the cross.

Scene from Holy Week - Reading Of The Passion Gospels.

At the conclusion of the service parishioners venerate the cross.

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.

Thursday Morning - Mystical Supper Liturgy

Scene from the Mystical Supper Liturgy.

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil - This service relives the Lord's Supper and betrayal by Judas. The hymn "Of Your Mystical Supper, O Son of God" is sung throughout the service. At the conclusion of the service, breakfast is served as an agape meal.

Father Andrew serves the Liturgy. 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.

Wednesday Holy Unction Service

Icon of Christ with the Oil of Holy Unction .

Sacrament of Holy Unction - The Church is called the Body of Christ. We are members of the Body through our Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, and Holy Communion. As the sinful woman anointed Christ, we are also anointed with the oil of healing, so we can go with Christ to the Cross, suffer, die, and be resurrected with Him.

Scene from Holy Unction Service.

The Gospel Reading.

Clergy pray over Holy Oil .

Father Paul prays over the Holy Oil.

Parishioners receive prayers of special healing .

During the service all who are in need of special healing gather together in the center of the church. The priest holds the open Gospel over them and reads the Prayer of Absolution. Epistle and Gospel lessons regarding healing are read. "The prayer of the faithful will save the sick." (James 5:15) We prepare for this service by prayer and fasting from noon.

Father Paul anoints parishioner with the Oil of Holy Unction .

At the conclusion of the service, the faithful are anointed with the sacrament of Holy Unction. The priest anointes each of the faithful with the oil of healing on various parts of the body: forehead, eyes, ears, mouth, chest, palm, and the back of each hand. These areas are associated with the senses of smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The neck or chest is anointed for breath and for the heart.

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.

Tuesday Bridegroom Service

Scene from Tuesday - Bridgegroom Service.

Tuesday's Bridegroom Service with the procession of the hymn of St. Cassian describes the life and conversion of the sinful woman who anointed Christ. The congregation is blessed with rose water. The rose water is symbolic of the sweet smelling myrrh with which the sinful woman anointed Christ. The scriptures tell us that the whole room was filled with the scent of myrrh. Once again it is important to understand that this is simply not a play being reenacted, but rather we are attempting to enter the life of Christ.

The symbolic acts in the services draw us unto the life of Christ. Through these acts we venerate the individuals that these acts depict.

Tuesday's Gospel Lesson

John 12:17-50 "The hour has come for the son to be glorified."

Scene from Tuesday - Bridgegroom Service. 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.

Monday - Bridgegroom Service

Scene from Bridegroom Service.

On Holy Monday there is a Bridegroom Service - Bridegroom Services instruct us in our faith, as does all the preparation for Holy Week. Even more they help us to make Holy Week more than simply a ritual that tells a story. The Bridegroom Services help us to enter into the story, the life of Jesus Christ, and live it.

Scene from Bridegroom Service.

On Monday night, the priest represents Christ and the congregation represents the bride waiting for the bridegroom. As the virgins were called to be vigilant and prepared for the coming of the bridegroom lest they be shut out of the bridal chamber; let us be likewise vigilant and prepared, lest we be shut out of the eternal kingdom. - Matthew 25: 1-13

Monday's Gospel Lesson

Monday's Gospel lesson is Matthew 22: 15-46 and 23: 1-30. "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites"

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.

Palm Sunday

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The hymn of Palm Sunday proclaims the children holding the emblems of victory singing, "Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." We experience Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem by processing around the church holding palm and pussy willow branches as symbols of Christ's ability to overcome death by raising Lazarus.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The Gospel Reading.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The Great Entrance

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Michelle leads the children singing a communion song. "Out of the mouths of babes and infants, God has fashioned perfect praise."

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Father Paul blesses the palms.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

At the end of Liturgy, the parishioners all received palms and branches and went outside for a procession led by the clergy around the church singing the Troparion of the day.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Greeters hand out palms and branches.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from procession.

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.

Spring Cleanup

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Each year St. Luke holds a spring cleanup day for parishioners to get things ready for Pascha.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Wood is waxed and brass is polished.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Windows are washed.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Wax is removed from the carpets and chairs.

Scene from Spring CleanupAltar articles are also cared for.

Scene from Spring Cleanup

Parishioners prepare palms and branches for Palm Sunday and decorate the church. Thanks once again to all who came out to help.

Lazarus Saturday

Scene from Lazarus Saturday

On Lazarus Saturday Liturgy is held. Here the gospel concerning the resurrection of Lazarus is read. It is on this day that we hold First Confession for those children who are of age.

Scene from Lazarus Saturday

Great lent officially ends on Lazarus Saturday. The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is celebrated to commemorate the raising of Lazarus. Notice that Fr. Paul is wearing gold vestments. This change in color denotes the resurrectional nature of this service as a prelude to Holy Week. Because of it resurrectional character the hymn as many as have been baptized into Christ is sung. Historically this was a baptismal liturgy.

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.

Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

This week Presanctified Liturgy was held at the St. Luke Chapel in New Lenox. Fr. Andrew and Fr. Paul were the clergy present.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

Photo of the choir and reader.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

Parishioners receive Holy Communion.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

Fr. Paul gave the homily and spoke on the meaning of the Presantified Liturgy. He also asked all to pray for the success of the chapel and for the efforts of those involved in the project.

Scene from Presanctified Liturgy At The Chapel In New Lenox

A lenten meal was served to all.

Prosphro Baking Workshop

Scene from Prosphro Baking Workshop

Following Liturgy a Prosphro Baking Workshop was held for students Grade 5 thru High School.

Scene from Prosphro Baking Workshop

Students were taught the sacred act of Prosphro making.

Scene from Prosphro Baking Workshop

Scene from workshop.

Scene from Prosphro Baking Workshop

Scene from workshop.

Scene from Prosphro Baking Workshop

Father Paul gave the students a sermon - "Bread of Life." Lunch was also provided.

Garden Center Visit For April

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April

Fr. Paul started our visit with the story of David. David the youngest son of Jesse, was anointed with sacred oil by Samuel to be King of Israel. David was Israel's first successful king. He united all of the Israelite tribes and became the effective ruler over all.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April

Fr. Paul told us how the cross reminds us we are on the road to resurrection. That Jesus suffered for all of us on the cross and that we should accept our suffering and carry the cross in our heart.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April

Our visit ended with smiles, conversation, snacks and a happy group picture.

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.

Scene from service

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.

At the end of Liturgy, parishioners venerate the cross.

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.

Food For The Soul Visits Chef Klaus Bier Stube

Scene from Food For The Soul Visits Chef Klaus Bier Stube.

Our Food For the Christian Soul Ministry visited Chef Klaus' Bier Stube located in Frankfort, Illinois. (Please note this event took place prior to the start of Great Lent.)

Scene from Food For The Soul Visits Chef Klaus Bier Stube.

Scene from dinner.

Scene from Food For The Soul Visits Chef Klaus Bier Stube.

Unique entertainment was provided with dinner.

Scene from Food For The Soul Visits Chef Klaus Bier Stube.

Our thanks go out to our ministry leader Matt for another great event.

Akathist Service

Father Paul 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 on 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.

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.
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