THE FEAST OF THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE ENTIRE BODILESS POWERS

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on November 20, 2016, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel Angel joyfully began with the procession. It was a large gathering—almost 210 orthodox faithful and twenty Catechumens joyfully participated in the celebration. This day is much blessed and honored by the orthodox faithful in Pakistan because the ROCOR Mission was named, “St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan in 2012.”

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The solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The prayers were offered for the health and many blessed years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia Shepherd of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Ruling Bishop of Pakistan). Other prayers are offered for peace, solidarity and human harmony in the world.

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On the feast day the faithful were so excited and happy that they reached the place of worship with full devotion and great reverence. The women and children dressed in bright colors and their faces were glowing with happiness and joy.

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I extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad for his blessings, encouragement and pastoral care. We are also thankful to Rev. Adrian Augustus, the first ROCOR missionary to Pakistan—he is the one who planted the seed of the holy Orthodoxy in Pakistan.

I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations of prayer and charity. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day!!!! GLORY TO GOD! GLORY TO JESUS!

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Visit of Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary

Divine Liturgy and Welcome Program
St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan

On 23 October, 2016 (8th Sunday after Pentecost) 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, Rev.Fr. Peter Irfan , an American resident,a Pakistani National and his wife Matushka Mary visited Saint Sergius Orthodox Parish Sargodha Pakistan.

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Rev. Fr. Peter Irfan serving in St. George Orthodox Church Buffalo, New York, traveled from USA to Pakistan to visit his family and relatives, he showed his passionate concern and wish to visit and concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Joseph Farooq at Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan. I, Father Joseph  Rector and Administrator of the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan very warmly invited him. The Orthodox faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan witnessed this blissful occasion.

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The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in makeshift tents, and over 300 Orthodox faithful attended service. It is worth mentioning that over 300 people present were prayerful, and it was a good mix of younger and older people.

After the Divine Liturgy Rev. Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary were welcomed by Fr.Joseph Farooq, Matushka Sophia Joseph and Parish Council. St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Parish organized a welcome and cultural program to entertain the distinguished guests. The small kids in their regional dresses offered bouquet to them. The young energetic kids of our parish performed a traditional welcome song and showers rose petals upon them as a sign of love and joy. The senior citizen of parish council garlanded the guests in a typical traditional way showing the gesture of honor for our guests. They shared lunch with all the parishioners to promote spiritual unity and fellowship. Fr. Peter Irfan generously donated 400US$ to the church and promised to help the mission needs in future to show his love and care for his brother priest in Pakistan and church in need.

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Fr. Joseph  thanked the guests (Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary) for their sincere concern for the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. Father Joseph  appreciated their presence and expressed his gratitude for the Celebration of Divine Liturgy and spending time with them. Father Joseph  further added that both the parishes interchanged their love and care for one another and it is a good sign for the promotion of the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Father Joseph  also appreciated his parish team, Azad Nicholas, Aaron Nadeem, Azar Murad, Mrs.Ruth Aaron, Mrs.Shahmim Azad, Miss.Ruth Samuel and church choir for their hard work and cooperation.

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Fr. Peter  in his speech and sermon said that he and his wife were very happy among Orthodox community in Pakistan. He also shared that he is very happy to see the increasing number of orthodox faithful in Pakistan. Moreover he said that with the hard labour of Father Joseph Farooq, the holy orthodoxy is growing in Pakistan although this is a baby church but the orthodox faithful are practicing the holy tradition with devotion and pure heart and he witnessed all this. At the end, Fr Peter thanked His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, for his blessings for his visit and simultaneously Fr Joseph  for his kind consent and his priestly fraternity for this visit.

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Future of Pakistan Mission:

Our Orthodox Church in Pakistan is a baby church and we need prayers, spiritual guidance and financial support. St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan most humbly invite the generous donors and supporters to join us as a partner to reach out the Christians of Pakistan and preaching and teaching the holy orthodoxy in this part of the world. The positive response will be highly appreciated by our Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan.

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16th Sunday after Pentecost Repose of our Holy Father Saint Sergius, abbot, of Radonezh (1392)

Divine Liturgy: With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on October 09, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha
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Sermon: After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph preached about the ascetic life of our venerable Blessed Father Saint Sergius. Father Joseph told the faithful that St. Sergius teaches us hard labour, self-deprivation, humility, simplicity, obedience and patience in all circumstances and when we face hard times hunger, chaos and sufferings in our lives, we all are saved through the powerful intercessions of Saint Sergius.

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Veneration: Help from After the sermon, people were given time to light their candles that they brought along with them in front of the icon of St. Sergius. . They were instructed to ask for the help from St. Sergius, for their problems, any family sickness and for the blessings of their Orthodox faith. This is worth mentioning that Pakistani orthodox faithful have special association and love for Saint Sergius and Saint Sergius had his vision in the dream of a few faithful and some faithful have testimony that they were healed through his powerful prayers.

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Intercession: Saint Sergius of Radonezh prays for everyone! Every day I ask God to hear my supplication so that Orthodox Faith may grow in the hearts of every Christian in Pakistan through the intercession of the blessed father Sergius. May Saint Sergius of Radonezh help us to bring peace, love and human harmony in Pakistan and around the world!! Amen

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Humble Request for support:

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 Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

September 27, 2015 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the orthodox parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan venerated the Life-Creating Holy Cross of the Lord. The celebration was started with procession of Holy Cross, followed by Divine Liturgy, Sermon and kissing of the Holy Cross of Jesus.

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After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph preached to the faithful that the pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered, crucified and was resurrected for mankind. In 117-138 the Emperor gave order to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and upon the hill fashioned there to set up a pagan temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter. Pagans gathered on this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains – the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This occurred under the Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337).

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Fr. Joseph that the Holy Cross of Christ is always the source of strength, hope and victory for the oppressed and suffering Christian minority in Pakistan. It is his personal experience that whenever our faithful look at the Cross they find hope in the power of the Cross and when they say the prayer to the Holy Cross with trust and they feel comfort and are spiritually healed.

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12th Sunday after Pentecost The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Saint John the Baptist

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on September 11, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan and beside this on regular basis the ROCOR Mission arranges a catechism classes for the new members who showed their love and passion to embrace the holy orthodoxy!

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After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist. Fr. Joseph told the faithful that in memory of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the feast day was established by the Church and this particular feast day is observed as a strict fast day, – as an expression of the grief of Christians at the violent death of the holy saint. On this day the Church makes remembrance of soldiers, killed on the field of battle, as established in 1769 at the time of a war of Russia with the Turks and the Poles.

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In his preaching Fr Joseph told the faithful that these sacrifices and martyrdom of the holy saints strengthen us to live a good Christian life with pure faith by following the sacred traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on Sunday August 28, 2016 the Dormition Feast of the Most Holy Theotokos was celebrated at St. Sergius Orthodox Church in Sargodha, Pakistan.

PROCESSION
The solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The prayers were offered for the health and many blessed years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia Shepherd of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Ruling Bishop of Pakistan), for the Orthodox clergy and faithful, peace, unity, brotherhood and solidarity throughout the world. The faithful entered the place of worship holding Ikons of the Mother of God.

During the procession the faithful with great reverence and joy chanted the hymn of the Most Holy Theotokos.

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BLESSINGS OF THE HOLY WATER
The Holy Water was sprinkled on the faithful and members of the Orthodox Church felt joy and true blessings of the feast day!!

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DIVINE LITURGY
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on Sunday August 28, 2016 the Dormition Feast of the Most Holy Theotokos was celebrated at St. Sergius Orthodox Church in Sargodha, Pakistan.

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SERMON AND PREACHING
After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph Farooq preached comprehensively about the Earthly Life of the Most Holy Theotokos according to the Holy Traditions of the Mother Church (Russia) and explained the faithful about the Dormition fasting and preparation of the Feast in the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

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FAITHFUL SEEK HELP, PRAYER AND KISSED
THE IKON THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Help and prayer before the Ikon of the Most Holy Mother of God!
After the sermon, people were given time and they were instructed to ask for the help from the Most Holy Mother of God for their problems, any family sickness and sufferings because we all are saved through the powerful intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God!! With honour and true devotion faithful kiss the Ikon of the Mother of God!!!

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Humble Request
Please support the challenging orthodox mission in Pakistan with you kind donations and charity. Dear donors and friends, I extend my heartfelt thanks for your generous support, prayers and spiritual unity and with your kind love and help the Holy Orthodoxy is moving ahead day by day! Glory to God!

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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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