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April

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Palm Sunday

Scene from Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday 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. Here Fr. Paul delivers his sermon.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The Great Entrance.

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." Here our children sang the hymn under the direction of Protinica Michelle.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

After Father Paul blessed the palms and pussy willow branches, he blessed the parishioners.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Following the Liturgy the entire congregation processed around the church. Here our handmaidens prepared to pass out the palms and branches to the parishioners.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

The choir followed by the clergy and then the parishioners leave the building.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Scene from Palm Sunday.

Scene from the procession.

Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

This month our Food For The Christian Soul Ministry visited The Shrimp House in keeping with lent.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

Over 20 gathered together for food and fellowship.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

Scene from dinner.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

Scene from dinner.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

Laurie won the door prize.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

One of the house specialties - Lobster Mac and Cheese.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

King Crab Leg.

Scene from Food For The Christian Soul Visits The Shrimp House.

Scallops. Our thanks again to Matt for a well arranged dinner.

Spring Cleanup

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

This Saturday parishioners gathered together to set up the church following the installation of our new carpet and to do spring cleaning in anticipation of Pascha. During the cleanup Fr. Paul was available to hear confessions.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Candle stands were cleaned and polished.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Woodwork was waxed.

Scene from Spring Cleanup.

Windows were washed and various other projects were completed. We had one of the biggest turnouts ever for this cleanup and we would like to thank all those that gave up their Saturday to beautify God's Church.

Presentation On Martha And Mary House

Scene from Presentation On Martha And Mary House.

This Sunday we received as a special guest to our parish Ms. Laura Paulus. Laura is the Executive Director and the Housemother of St. Mary & Martha Maternity House for Pregnant women who choose life here in Chicago. She spoke to us downstairs during coffee hour about the good work of St. Mary and Martha. The Martha and Mary Maternity House is an Orthodox Christian Maternity Home for pregnant women in need of support. We thank Laura for taking the time to speak to us.

St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

This week St. Luke Parish hosted the combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Protinica Michelle directs the choir.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

One of the Old Testament Readings.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

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.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Scene from the service.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Scene from the service.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Rev. Vasyl Sendeha gave the homily.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Group photo of the clergy.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

A lenten meal was served.

Scene from St. Lukes Hosts Combined Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

Scene from the dinner.

Garden Center Visit For April

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Fr. John began our visit with the story of Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Crowds gather around Him, covering the road with palm leaves and shouting “Blessed is He who is coming in the name of the Lord!”.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Ace helped out by giving the residents candles to hold while we prayed the Lord’s Prayer together.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Fr. John answering questions from Tim and Rusty.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For April.

Special treat of soda and cheese crackers ended our visit.

Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

St. Luke was blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Paul spend the weekend with us. The weekend began with the Akathist Service to the Virgin on Friday evening.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

On Saturday after spending time with the youth of the parish, he attended Great Vespers and taught the congregation.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

His Grace blesses the congregation at the vespers service.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

On Sunday Bishop Paul celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with us on the Sunday of the Cross.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

During the Liturgy Nickolas Tsiones was tonsured and became a Reader.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Also during the Liturgy Reader Stephen Hansen was elevated to the Sub-Deaconate.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Bishop Paul gives the homily.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

Scene from the service.

Scene from Bishop Paul, Ordination, And Sunday Of The Cross.

An honorary meal followed in the Fellowship Hall after the Liturgy.

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