This month's Pastoral Message is dedicated to
questions parishioners have had about the blessed Iconography Phase we
have entered to finish the spiritual transformation of our Church.
Your questions answered by Father Christ
Why Iconography and stained glass?
Throughout the years,
I have visited the most beautifully erected and decorated Greek Orthodox
Churches in the world at Mount Athos, the Holy Lands of Jerusalem,
Bethlehem, and beyond. I have prayed in these Churches and experienced
greater spiritual strength through the surrounding iconography and
elements that go into the interior design of a Greek Orthodox house of
My prayer has always
been that one day, all of us, the faithful of St. Luke Greek Orthodox
Church, this generation of St. Luke’s youth and adults and future
generations, will be able to experience the fullness and spiritual
growth once the interior of our Church is further adorned.
How much will it cost and why now?
The cost to complete
this project is $1,000,000. It is a great deal of money and will be
completed with donated funds, there will be no borrowing. I know that
our parishioners are some of the most committed and faithful in their
Greek Orthodox faith. This project has been in the works for close to
five years. During that
time we have built a new Education and Cultural Center and gone through
the worst economic recession in history.
While there may never
be a “good time” to complete this project since there are many people
still suffering and we are paying down the mortgage on our new center,
which serves the many needs and ministries of our youth and adults, now
is the time to complete the House of God which sustains our spiritual
life through Worship and the Sacraments of the Church.
Our windows need to be replaced and our Church is half adorned.
I have sought and
received the blessings from Metropolitan Evangelos.
Our iconographer, George Papastamatiou is prepared to complete
the iconography which he started in 1998 and our stained glass artist,
Nadya Penoff, is ready to move forward.
Nadya has told me that this will be her last major project after
30 years of creating stained glass windows for Orthodox Churches and
wants to make it her crowning achievement.
How long will it be until we get
We cannot start until
we reach total funding. My
prayer is to raise the necessary funds to move forward by The Nativity
of our Lord-Christmas-of this year and complete this sacred work by
Christmas, 2014. With your prayerful consideration, I have faith it will
How can I participate?
consideration and consultation with the Beautification Committee, I have
established “Giving Levels” to allow everyone to participate according
to their means.
Quite frankly, if we
are blessed to have a small number of very committed and generous
parishioners to donate at the Seraphim, Celestial and Eucharist levels,
the project will go forward in short order.
However, a donation
at any level is a God-Send and all donations; no matter how small or
large, will make a difference.
Will benefactors be recognized?
All benefactors at
all levels will be recognized in a prominent wall display that will list
We will be discussing
the display with our artists in the next few months.
A richly designed
book will also be created to display all the icons and donors.
A permanent website
will include vivid photographs of each icon and window along with
explanations of each scene. To reinforce the permanency of our legacy,
donors and their families will be recognized with pictures and videos,
if they so choose.
Will it be possible to meet the artists?
and Nadya Penoff will make a presentation on iconography, stained glass,
and spirituality to the community on Sunday, December 8th.
I am available to discuss any questions you might have and would
welcome your thoughts.
You can reach me via email:
Fatherck@gmail.com or call the office: 610-353-1592.
Join me as we embark on this spiritual transformation
by becoming an integral part of this lasting legacy of our Church.
Peace and blessings,