Mission To Guatemala
Fr. Andrew went to Hogar Raphael orphanage to lecture about drug abuse and chemical dependency. Before the lecture he spent time with the little children.
David playing soccer with the boys. He came along to help Fr. Andrew with translation.
The presanctifed liturgy at Hogar Raphael orphanage with the children singing the responses.
Today David, Michaelyn, and Fr Andrew climbed a volcano with all the teens from Hogar Raphael orphanage. After the climb we all went to a hot springs to soak our hurting muscles.
A group photo only half way up to the summit of the volcano. In the background you can see the route. The evaluation is 6000 ft to 7,500 ft, 2.6 K very steep. You could take a horse if needed.
Fr. Andrew at the top. He planned to use the horse going down.
Fr. Andrew and David give the demonstration of what happens when illegal drugs enter the brain. This demonstration was developed by Dr. Erikson of the University of Texas and used with his permission.
On the third Sunday of great Lent the Cross is placed in the center of the church. The children of Hogar all sang: "Before your cross we bow down and worship You and Your holy resurrection.
Fr. Andrew caught meditating by the lake which borders the orphanage and monastery. There is a famous shrine of the child Jesus which is celebrated each year by the Catholic church close to where Father Andrew is sitting.
Sadly Fr. Andrew held a funeral for a boy who grew up at Hogar who died unexpectedly at age 22. His name is Manuel. His casket is being carried into the Church by friends and staff of Hogar Raphael orphanage.
Although it is still lent the color is white denoting the resurrection of Christ. The resurection Canan is sung at the time of burial.
Upon Father Andrew's return to Palos Hills he had another funeral for Maria who was Greek Orthodox, one of our PADS homeless guests. She has been part of the homeless program for several years. Now she has a home with our Lord.
A group photo after visiting with a group of Christian pastors in Atitlan interested in the Orthodox faith. Our St. Luke Mission team will be teaching and giving demonstrations on the Orthodox faith during their visit in June.
Mother Inez, Mother Yvonne, Staff and orphans attended a ground breaking liturgy for a new church with Bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Guatemala. This was a western rite Orthodox service for the Mayan's who have converted from the Roman Catholic church.
The beginning of the Liturgy with a deacon censing as the bishop enters the tent where the liturgy will be held.
Mayan Women elders holding their symbols of spiritual leadership. The men stood in front of them.
Fr. Andrew, Mother Inez and Mother Yvonne enjoying traditional Mayan corn soup and tamales after the service. The were four different types of corn used.
Group Photo with Mother Ines, Mother Yvonne, Bishop Edgar of the Syriac Orthodox Church and his clergy.
Visiting the ruins of Mayan temple on our way back to Hogar after the service.
More of the ruins can be seen behind Fr. Andrew.