St. Nicholas Byzantine Alumni Reunion

One hundred years ago Sunday, September 14, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church was dedicated. This past year has seen many different events, get-togethers, a picnic, a pysanky display and, back in July, an alumni reunion. While I posted these to Facebook after the event, I failed to remember that there are many more people that aren’t on FB that would like to see the pics from these events.

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Pysanky

A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка, plural: pysanky) is a pretty Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.

Many other eastern European ethnic groups decorate eggs using wax resist for Easter. These include the Belarusians (пісанка, pisanka), Bulgarians (писано яйце, pisano yaytse), Croats (pisanica), Czechs (kraslice), Hungarians (hímestojás), Lithuanians (margutis), Poles (pisanka), Romanians (ouă vopsite, incondeiate or impistrite), Serbs (pisanica), Slovaks (kraslica), Slovenes (pisanica, pirhi or remenke) and Sorbs (jejka pisać).

This display was recently on display at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, on loan from the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center in Tremont.

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For more of the set, here’s the link: Pysanky.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church – Toledo Avenue

I may have mentioned before that I’m putting together the booklet for the centennial celebration of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. I went back to the original St. Nicholas on Toledo Avenue for more pics, having a better camera, more experience, and knowing how I was going to shoot each shot. Unfortunately, the church is showing its age. And the church currently calling the location home, cannot afford the upkeep and will be moving in the future.

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This is located on the ceiling above the pews.

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This is located above the altar.

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The banners were put up by the present church. On they left and right, in front of the pews, they cover an icon of Jesus Christ, and St. Nicholas.

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I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. – Revelation 1:8

Santa Claus and St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

Along with the Model Train Display at Black River Landing, there is the International Tree Display. St. Nicholas Church has a Christmas Eve Holy Supper display, along with informative write-ups about the Nativity, the Church’s upcoming centennial anniversary, and a piece detailing how Santa Claus originated from St. Nicholas.

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PhotoPhun Challenge: Fun

No time for fun this week. Not normal fun, anyway. I worked nights, and was busy this weekend. There was a meeting at St. Nick’s this morning, which gave me the opportunity to shoot the icons on the icon screen, with the Christmas decorations removed. Since I spent part of my birthday doing the original shoot, you can see that I get some of my thrills in weird places. Lisa and Ree probably had some ‘real’ fun this week, so make sure you check’em out!!

The story behind this icon is as follows:

 

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is one of a class of icons which illustrates the sufferings of Our Lady and that of her Son. The angels are holding instruments of the Passion. They have their hands covered with a protecting veil as a sign of reverence in handling sacred objects. The Eastern rite of the Armenians has the deacon covering his hand with a silken veil when he carries the gospel book. And the priest in the Roman Rite during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament covers his hands with the humeral veil when blessing the people with the monstrance.

The Child Jesus is pictured with an adult face. He has a high brow which shows his divine mind of unlimited intelligence. He knew as God that the angelic apparition was prophetic of His future passion. In His human nature, he runs, as any child, to his mother for protection.

Our Lady quickly picks Him up and holds Him tight, indicated by the child’s right foot uneasily coiled about the left ankle. Also, the right sandal has become loosened, hanging by a single strap. The Child Jesus is clasping His Mother’s right hand and holding tightly her thumb.

St. Nicholas Byzantine: The Icons

The icon screen surrounding the altar has various sizes, and depict the Evangelists on the Holy Doors, and various holy days around the top. The larger icons I will have to go back and shoot without the Christmas decorations on them.

Starting off with the four Evangelists, the authors of the Gospels.

The remaining icons are very similar to events depicted in the stained glass windows.