Cleaning day and Palm Sunday

The tradition at Saint Innocent is to gather on the morning of Lazarus Saturday to set up the tent, clean the church, and do all beautifications tasks needed.
Here is a sample of everyone hard at work:

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Then we come back in the evening to celebrate Palm Sunday Vespers and for the Blessing of the palms:

And here are pictures of Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy:

You can listen to Father Jeremiah’s Homily here.

And finally, we shared a meal together:

Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday 2021

This year, the Lazarus Saturday-Palm Sunday weekend was very communal and filled with many blessings this year at Saint Innocent. Thanks to all who participated!

We started with an intense morning of church cleaning and beautification of the grounds. Here are a few pictures of our parishioners hard at work:

First of all, setting up the tent:

Everyone was hard at work:

Even our youngest parishioner participated:

Before and after:

Can you see any weed left? No, all gone!

Well deserved rest after hard work:

Liturgical and pastoral work was included:

Can you guess why these two icons are now in the sanctuary?
The Theotokos of Tikhvin:
She is the patron saint of Father Deacon Gregory’s ordination day
Saint Menas:
He is the patron saint of Father John’s ordination day

Then in the evening, Palm Sunday Vespers and the blessing of the Palms:

Before Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy,
Timothy was received into the catechumenate:

Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy:

Come this way to listen to Father John’s homily

April 2021 schedule

Pascha Night: Vigil & beginning of the Paschal celebration
Sign-up only, and only for our parishioners this year
Check the schedule at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
(in Des Plaines – service in Russian)

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If you wish to attend services and are not on our mailing list,
be sure to contact Father John (through our Contact page) to sign up, as we still need to limit the number of participants in order to keep safe social distancing.

NB: schedule updated on April 19!

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