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Lenten Service Project 3: Furniture Assembly (March 18, 2023)

On March 18, 2023, the church members gathered at St. Peter’s to help build furniture for refugees and immigrants in need. We partnered with World relief Chicagoland, a global Christian organization that empowers local church to serve the most vulnerable. The members brought their own tools, an high spirits to build a 3-chest dresser from IKEA. We were able to make 10 dressers. The event provided an opportunity for all of us to serve our brothers and sisters to rebuild their lives in a new country.

Good Friday - A full day of meditation.

Syriac Orthodox faithful often gets challenged by the relevance of Good Friday Services in today's busy world. How can anyone attend a service for more than six hours, that too on a working/business day? An in-depth understanding of the Syriac Orthodox Good Friday liturgy gives a definite answer to this. When we understand the imagery and mystery in the service, we will find the service very beautiful and length truly justified.

The Vine and Branches

What is the job description of a vinedresser? The definition of vinedresser is “an agriculturalist who cultivates and prunes grapevines”. Pruning is one of the most important job of a vinedresser. A vinedresser is involved in daily pruning of grapevines, to help ensure that vineyard has a successful crop. Pruning is critical in the grape production system.


In the new covenant of the Messiah, the passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God; likewise, the pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the “new law,” the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.