Consecration of Holy Resurrection Church - May 20/21, 2005
    After nearly two years of construction, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church members and friends attended liturgy in their new church on Saturday, May 21st. The service was celebrated by Archbishop JOB of the Diocese of the Midwest, Very Rev. Alexander Kuchta, pastor, and attending clergy.
   
    Saturday morning began with the Consecration Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.  As Holy Resurrection already has an altar which was consecrated in 1982, this service focused on the consecration of a new antimension for the parish and the blessing of the temple's exterior and interior. Relics in the new Antimension include those of Sts. Tarachus, Probus, Andronicus, and the New Martyr, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth. Hierarchal Divine Liturgy followed.
   
    After the service a banquet was served on the church grounds.
   
    As is traditional before important celebrations, a Vesper Service was held Friday evening, May 20, at 7 p.m. with a reception immediately following in the church social area. 
   
    Construction on the church began in July 2003 when ground was broken adjacent to the existing worship center.  The new church follows traditional Byzantine style, built in the shape of a cross with a large dome over the center of the worship area.  The dome is topped with a three-barred cross.

The iconostasis, was carved in Canada from natural cherry wood, the richness of which is further reflected in the cherry flooring in the church proper.

    A stained glass window depicting the “Harrowing of Hades by Christ” by Mellini Art Glass of Florence, Italy is set above the entrance doors.

    The church concept was designed by architect George Mangan of Sister Bay, WI, a member of St. Matthew Church in Green Bay, WI.  Construction drawings were executed by Jeffrey Heaney of Glenview, IL and the general contractor was Chris Schopoff of Arlington Heights, IL

Exterior of new church.

Olga Vivian Langdon, our oldest continuing founding parishioner.

Hariklia Demakis, mother of John Demakis and Helen O'Sullivan, parishioners of Holy Resurrection.

Clergy process from the former church building to the new...

Bishop and clergy offering entrance prayers.

Archbishop JOB explained each element of the consecration service to those in attendance.

View of congregation from the mezzanine.



Members of the choir, under the direction of Mike Strelka.

Preparing for procession around the church with relics.

Litany offered by one of the deacons.



Archbishop JOB prays before the Royal Doors.

Relics are lifted up for the procession around the church exterior.

Members of the choir exit the church.

Deacons cense the way before the relics. (Fr. Milan Savich is at the right in the foreground.)

The Archbishop carries the relics while escorted by subdeacons.

Clergy in procession.

Walls of the church are blessed with Holy Water.

Many priests of the Chicago Deanery and from the greater Chicago area were in attendance.

The laity make their circuit around the church.

Matushka Cynthia Bodnar and Matushka Miriam Nelson (center).

The Archbishop and clergy re-enter the church following the procession.

Fr. John Kuchta and Fr. Alexander process into the church.

The Archbishop enters the Altar with the Holy Relics.

Everyone returned to the church following the procession.

Fr. Oleg Mironowicz blesses the church interior with Holy Water as Fr. Alexander Kuchta, assisted by Daniel Manzuk anoints the                                                     walls with Chrism.
The walls are anointed above the windows.

Censing during the "Eis Polla" trio...

Archbishop JOB blesses the clergy before moving to the High Place.

The Holy Gifts are brought for the Great Entrance.



"May the Lord God remember your Archepiscopate in His Heavenly Kingdom..."

Archbishop JOB prays during the Great Entrance.

The Priests approach the Chalice to receive the Precious Blood of the Lord.

Following the Consecration and Divine Liturgy, a Banquet was held on the church grounds under a large tent!

A buffet luncheon was enjoyed by everyone.

Greg Malovance was the Master of Ceremonies.

Jason Wegh, Council President and Building Committee chairman, offered moving comments.

Susan Smoley spoke on behalf of Holy Resurrection's active Women's Ministry.

Fr. Alexander Kuchta reflects on the miracles of parish life.

Archbishop JOB offers congratulations and words of encouragement.

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