The Great Blessing Of Water
This Sunday during Divine Liturgy we celebrated Theophany – the Baptism of Jesus. Following the service
Fr. Paul performed the Great Blessing of Water.
Fr. Paul plunges The Cross into the water three times while the choir
sings the Troparion “When You O Lord were Baptized in the Jordan …” The church bells
are rung at this moment.
Fr. Paul blesses all the members of the congregation with Holy Water.
The altar servers process with Fr. Paul to the church school.
Fr. Paul blesses the classrooms.
Liturgy Of St. Basil and St. Basil’s Bread (Vasilopita)
On New Year’s Day, St. Luke Parish celebrated the Liturgy Of St. Basil and blessing of St. Basil’s Bread (Vasilopita). Father Paul prays over and blesses the Vasilopita.
Our thanks go out to Aristea for baking this delicious bread each year.
Father Paul cuts the bread and it given to all present.
Hidden in the bread is a coin. Tradition holds that whoever receives the coin receives the blessing of St. Basil for the coming year. This year Doreen received the coin.