The Dormition Fast

SUNDAY 14 AUGUST, 2016 8th Sunday after Pentecost
DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.
Teaching and preparation about the Dormition Fast

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With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August, 14, 2016 after the Divine Liturgy Fr.Joseph Farooq preached the orthodox faithful about Dormition Fasting according to the holy traditions of Mother Church (Russia). The faithful were taught that the commemoration of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos started with strict fasting and abstinence of meat, dairy products, oil and wine. and further the following aspects were preached:

1-The Protectress of human race.
2- The union of the Most Pure Mother of the Lord with Her Son.
3- The relations of the Most Holy Theotokos with holy places.
4- Fasting and orthodox spiritually
5- Role of Apostles and the Archangel Gabriel
5- The plan of High priest to kill the Mother of God
6- The Ikon of Dormition of the most Holy Theotokos was explained.

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The faithful were taught that the Dormition Fasting and the beauty sacred traditions provide us a spiritual opportunity to repent and to have reunion with our Heavenly Father as our sins separated us from God. Beside this they asked to honour the Most Holy Mother of God. It is second year for the orthodox faithful in Pakistan to experience and learn about the Dornition Fasting and getting prepared for the feast day on August 2016. They showed keen interest and devotion. They taught that by keeping fast they will come close to Jesus and it will also strengthen their faith and they were also taught that by following the holy traditions, we build our strong spiritual union with our Mother Church (Russia).

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Most Holy Theotokos pray for us! Most Holy Theotokos, save us!!

Humble Request for the Mission Needs:

With blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, I humbly request you to support the mission’s work in Pakistan. Your generous support will help the mission to promote and teach holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos

“The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos”

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, preaching and the Sunday Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sunday August 07, 2016. Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the Falling-Asleep (Dormition-Uspenie) of Righteous Anna, Mother of the Most Holy Mother of God: Blessed Anna was the daughter of the priest Nathan and his wife Mary, from the tribe of Levi by descent of Aaron.

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According to the sacred tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation of the Most Holy Virgin Mary. The Holy relics of Saint Anna work many miracles, especially helping childless mothers with pregnancy issues.

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Humble Request for the Mission Needs:

With blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, I humbly request you to support the mission’s work in Pakistan. Your generous support will help the mission to promote and teach holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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First Sunday after Pentecost (Eve of Apostles Peter and Paul Fast)

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on June 26, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan. St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is caring the spiritual need of the people by celebrating regular Divine Liturgy and orthodox community gets strength by receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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Besides this they are taught holy orthodoxy to strengthen their faith so that they become patient, humble, and tolerant and steadfastness. Fr. Joseph Farooq is preaching the Gospel and holy orthodoxy very diligently going from door to door. The poor and sick are looked after, cared and comforted.

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I extend my heartfelt thanks to all our well wishers and kind donors for their passionate love and holy prayers for the promotion of Russian Orthodox Mission in Pakistan!!

We pray to God that He may provide us kind and generous donors to buy a land for the Holy Temple and School for underprivileged and poor Orthodox Christians Children.

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Fourth Sunday of Pascha: The Paralyzed Man

Christ is Risen!

On the fourth Sunday of Holy Pascha (May 22, 2016) with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan attended the Divine Liturgy with complete devotion and joy.

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During the Bright Day of Holy Pascha, each Sunday the Gospel readings are strengthening the faithful to believe strongly in the divinity of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Gospels for the last two Sundays told us about the appearances of the Risen One to the disciples, to Thomas, to the myrrh-bearers and they all were filled with the light of Christ’s Resurrection.

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The Resurrection of Christ is a living hope, salvation and strength for the Christians in Pakistan and they strongly believe Our God is a God who suffers with his people and out of that comes resurrection. Today the healing of the “Paralyzed Man” teaches us that sufferings and persecutions are for a time being but our hope and complete faith on Jesus Christ bring salvation and peace to us. It further teaches us that we should not lose heart but constant prayers bring healing and comfort to us!

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Today we commemorated Mrs Alice Saraphina, she was reposed last year on May 22, 2015. She embraced holy orthodoxy in 2011 by the hands of first ROCOR missionary Rev. Fr.Adrian Augustus. She lived a very graceful life training her children in the fear of Lord. “May her memory be eternal!”

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Seminar: Women’s Health and Hygiene

Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan

Seminar: Women’s Health and Hygiene
Women’s Health Guidelines and Care

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on May 7, 2016, Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan organized a seminar on “Women’s Health and Hygiene”. Mrs. Gladys Rose Mary Principal School of Nursing DHQ Jhelum was invited to provide information and basic awareness on women’s health through her speech and group discussion. In Pakistan women and children are the most vulnerable segments in terms of health. Majority of poor women suffer from iron deficiency anemia, which cause complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Beside this Women and adult girls suffer from malnutrition and are not properly looked after.

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The most significant factors effecting women’s health are poor hygiene, poverty, poor living conditions, lack of proper health facilities, lack of education and awareness.

The purpose of this seminar was to cover all those factors which become the main cause of poor health of women.

The following areas were highlighted:

 Health of mother and children
 Balanced diet
 Cleanliness
 Personal hygiene
 Awareness and prevention of common diseases and epidemics
 Feedback and discussion
 General check up of women

This seminar promoted a very healthy and positive effect among the women as they learnt a lot from it. They also promised to implement it practically in their families.

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In the end Mrs. Gladys Rose informed Fr. Joseph Farooq that most of the women were anemic and some were having chronicle diseases like whooping cough, tuberculosis, blood pressure and infertility problems.

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Fr. Joseph Farooq is intending to provide proper medical check up from the lady doctor so that their medical issues can be solved and they may enjoy a healthy life along with their families. Further it is also planned that these kinds of awareness seminars will be conducted on the regular basis in future.

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THE SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN

On the 3rd Sunday of Holy Pascha (May 15, 2016) with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan participated in the Divine Liturgy and to share the joy of Bright Days of Holy Pascha.

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This Sunday is very special for the Orthodox Christians as they are learning the great and sacred traditions of the Orthodox Church, commemorating the Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women.

Our ROCOR Mission in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and the sacredness of Holy Traditions of Orthodox Faith to the people of Pakistan

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Humble Request for the Mission Needs:

With blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, I humbly request you to support the mission’s work in Pakistan. Your generous support will help the mission to promote and teach holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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CHRIST IS RISEN!

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The Paschal Joy, Triumph of life, Christ’s Resurrection bring many blessings for the Orthodox Church in Pakistan and throughout the world.

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on May 01, 2016, the ROCOR faithful in Pakistan joyfully participated in the Paschal Divine Liturgy. The congregation was given the chance to prepare themselves during the Holy week. First May, 2016 was very hot day and the temperature rose up to 41*c despite of this scorching heat, the worshiper were full of zeal and enthusiasm at the Great Feast of Resurrection of Christ. The mothers were fanning their small babies with hand fans trying to kill the suffocation which they were feeling beneath the tents.

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All the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan gathered cheerfully with spiritual strength at the worship place. The women and children were dressed up in beautiful, bright and colorful clothes. All were happy and cheerful. The celebration was held in the open area under the tents, I pray to God that He may provide us kind donors to buy land and to build a Church, so that we may be saved from severe weather conditions. It can be also helpful from the point of security as well.

The youth of St. Sergius Orthodox parish voluntarily and with full of spirit and passion decorated the Church arena with buntings, banners and colorful ribbons.

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Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion:

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion in his Paschal Epistle greeted all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan on the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. This Paschal Epistle strengthens the Orthodox clergy and faithful with the unique teaching of the undivided apostolic Church, and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion encourages the believers on the great feast of the splendid Resurrection of Christ by saying,

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“The light of Pascha dispels the darkness of doubts and confirms us in faith, as it once did the apostles and other eyewitnesses, who, after the Resurrection of Christ, became ardent and fearless proclaimers of this truth, suffering all manner of persecutions and tortures for it. Ever since, no matter how much persecutors and false teachers, enraged by the successes of Christianity, intensify their efforts to suppress the Holy Church, She always emerges from this conflict victorious and glorious. Thus She has stood unshaken for two millennia, in the full glory of Her Orthodoxy. How many societies and human institutions have disappeared during this period of time; how many kingdoms and governments have been crushed! Only the Orthodox Christian Church has passed unscathed through the passage of centuries, remaining eternally young and ageless”.

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, dedicated the year 2016, that God willing we shall be able to buy land and build the first Holy Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and school for Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Christian Children. I earnestly pray to God that He may provide us the kind and generous donors for the completion of this sacred project.

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