Small & Great Agiasmos - Blessings of the Waters
Each January, the priests visit homes of parishioners to offer prayers for the family and to bless their home with the Holy Water of Epiphany. This is a very personal way for people to invite God into their lives and homes. A priest can also be invited any time during the year to bless a new home business.
Please call the Church Office at (847) 827-5510 to schedule a time.
Blessings on the Birth of a Child
The birth of a child is more than a joyful occasion or the fruit of conjugal love. It is an expression of God’s love for mankind. Without God there can be no life. The Church, established by Jesus Christ to continue His redemptory work on earth is, therefore, concerned about life from the moment of conception and birth.
Blessing of the First Day
If you would like a priest to pray these prayers of blessing, please call the Church Office at (847) 827-5510 during office hours on the day of the birth or else contact the priest.
Blessing on the Eighth Day
If you would like a priest to pray these prayers of blessing for your child, please make arrangements through the Church Office at (847) 827-5510, before or as soon as possible after the birth.
Forty Day Blessing
If you would like a priest to pray these prayers on a day when there is a service, please come to church and let the usher at the pangari (candle stand) know that you are there for a 40-day blessing and wait with your child in the cry room until the service is over. The priest will pray the prayers at the conclusion of the service. To schedule a time for a 40-day blessing when there isn’t already a service taking place that day, please contact the Church Office at (847) 827-5510 to schedule a time.