St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Father Joseph administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan and parish priest of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Orthodox Christian Families on the feast of St. John of Shanghai.

After the Divine Liturgy Father Joseph preached about the life and wonder works of St. John of Shanghai and Father Joseph told the faithful that Saint John’s holy and perfect ascetic practice was true source of inspiration for the faithful to live a spiritual and holy life. With true fatherly love he inspired them with the love of Christianity and of Holy Russia.

The Russian Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan with every passing day are becoming well acquainted about life and wonderworks of holy Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church and of Russian Land. It is worth mentioning that Russian Orthodox Church history, spirituality; sacred traditions are lightening the paths of Orthodox Christians in Pakistan with marvelous and bright light of the Risen Lord!
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Humble request:
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 2015, 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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Visit to Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Sparrow Hills Moscow

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Father Joseph Farooq visited the Russian land the Mother Church Headed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia! Sunday bright primate was held our long-awaited meeting with Father Joseph Farooq – the only orthodox priest Russian Church (ROCOR) serving in Pakistan visited Russia!

We met with Father Joseph in Holy Trinity Temple in the sparrow hills, by the heartiest invitation of the Abbot of the temple of Archpriest Andrei Nastassia. Father Joseph Farooq concelebrated the Divine Liturgy and chanted the prayers in Pakistani language “Urdu”; and after the Divine Liturgy, during the Sunday tea, he addressed the parishioners about the situation of Christians in Pakistan in general and his main part of discussion was about the orthodox parish of holy venerable Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Saint Matrons of Moscow Adult Education Center of Women in Pakistan and Sunday School of Children and preaching and teaching holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

Father Joseph Farooq addressed the parishioners that with the blessings of Metropolitan Hilarion hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and ruling Bishop of Pakistan, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission was established in 2011 in Pakistan and registered in 2014 under Societies Registration Act 1860, to work for religious, spiritual and social development of Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. The Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and ROCOR Mission in Pakistan have spiritual and canonical union with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Father Joseph Farooq told the parishioners that Christians make up one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities in Pakistan, along with Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated at 2.5 million in 2005, or 1.6% of the population.

The participants heard the talk of Father Joseph Farooq very attentively and showed their keen interest towards the presence of holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Father Joseph Farooq further added that with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and human unity with all people around us. The presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan also focus on the teaching of the Church Fathers, Russian Orthodox Saints, so messengers of Gospel, Peace, Tolerance, Perfect Harmony, Humility, Piety, Simplicity and Holiness!!

At the end of his talk and question answering session, Father Joseph generously extended his heartfelt thanks to the Abbot of the temple Archpriest Andre,i Nastassia, an Orthodox Missioner Elena Maler and all the parishioners of Holy Trinity Temple Sparrow Hills for their kind and passionate love and hospitality and support.

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Icon of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, Father Joseph Farooq parish priest of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan, visited the Monastery of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa in the month of April 2017. During my visit he con-celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the wooden church of the monastery built in Vyritsa in 1913 to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

I venerated the holy tomb and relics of Venerable Seraphim of Vyritsa. Holy Father Seraphim of Vyritsa is known well especially for his gifts of prophecy and miracle-working.

During my stay in the monastery Hieromonk Methodius (Rev.Methody) generously donated the Icon of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa for the Russian Orthodox flock in Pakistan and prayed that may the presence of the Icon of Seraphim of Vyritsa bring more success and prosperity to the Russian Orthodox Mission in Pakistan. Furthermore wished that may this Icon be the source of love and peace for the land of Pakistan.

I am generously thankful to my friend Vladimir an “Orthodox Missioner” and Natalia Rodomanova‎ for their sincere concern and love for making possible for me to visit the Monastery of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa.

Holy Father Seraphim of Vyritsa pray for us!

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INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE SECOND EDITION OF ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOK:

TRANSLATED ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOK into Urdu Language

by Father Joseph Farooq

On May 21, 2017 “Sunday of the Blind Man” By the Grace of God and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan reprinted the SECOND EDITION of the Orthodox Prayer Book translated into Urdu Language in 2014.

The prayers are beautiful and firmly translated within the Tradition of Holy Orthodoxy. The Prayer Book is translated by Fr.Joseph Farooq.

This Prayer Book is a special gift for the orthodox faithful in Pakistan to expand their spiritual life. It is worth mentioning that the word “Holy Theotokos” being introduced to the faithful in Pakistan and it is transliterated.

The Jordanville Orthodox Prayer Book uses classical English (Thee, Thou, Shalt, ect). The specification of Prayer Book is as following:

Total Number of Pages 64 – Size: Width 5.5 inches Length 8.5 inches – Hard Cover 350 gram with lamination – Icon of Jesus Christ with Dark Brown background printed in full vibrant colour on the finest paper.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Father Andrew Morgan for his guidance and support and thanks are due to Father Adrian Augustus who suggested I translate this prayer book . I am also thankful to Fr George Maximov of Moscow for designing the Title Page.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KIND DONORS:

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Fund For Assistance to ROCOR, Ryan Platte and Angela Novac Drăghici for their generous support and arranging funds for the reprinting of the Prayer Book.

This Prayer Book includes the following prayers:

Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer
Various Prayers (St. John Chrysostom)
Prayer During the Day
Night Prayer
Prayers before sleep
Prayers at Meal Times
Prayers at the Beginning of Work
Prayers for Travelers
Prayers and Intercessions
Prayers to the Mother of God
Joy of All Who Sorrows
The Song of the Theotokos
Prayer to the Guardian Angel
Prayer to the Optina Elders
Prayer of Parents for their Children
Prayer of Children for their Parents
Prayer for the Sick
Prayer for the Departed
Prayer for the Acceptance of God’s Will
Prayer of St. Ephraim The Syrian
Prayer to St. Herman of Alaska
Prayer to Sts. Cyprian and Justina
Prayer to St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Jesus Prayer

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Sunday 26.2017 Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent

Teaching on “Great Lent and Holy Traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church” at Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan

On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday March 26, 2017) 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 at Saint Matorna of Moscow Adult Education Center.

This Sunday after the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached to faithful about “The Great Lent and Holy Traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church. of the Russian Orthodox Church” In his sermon Fr. Joseph described the faithful that fasting is very important for orthodox Christians and according to the holy traditions the orthodox faithful observe fast on Wednesday and Friday throughout the year. Further he mentioned that we the orthodox Christians fellow fasting before Christmas, “The fast of the Nativity” and also observe fasting before “The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God”.

Fr. Joseph told the faithful that during the Great and Holy Lent the Church prepares and teaches the Orthodox Faithful for strict fasting, repentance, abstinence and helps the Faithful to focus their life on the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week and spiritual preparation for Bright Pascha!! (This means “Passover” and is commonly called Easter).

Humble Request for your kind donations:

Saint Michael Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan wishes you all a blessed Great Lent Season. Mission needs your generous support to buy a land for the Holy Temple and School for underprivileged and poor Christians Children.

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Sunday February 26, 2017 The Sunday of Forgiveness!

On Sunday February 26, 2017, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the ROCOR faithful attended the Divine Liturgy with passion and great reverence. Father Joseph taught the faithful about importance of “Great Holy Lent and in the Russian Orthodox Church”.

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Sermon on the Sunday of Forgiveness: after the Divine Liturgy Fr.Joseph preached the homily and ask the parishioners; May God forgive us all as we forgive one another and the Sunday of forgiveness helps us to enter in the Great Lent Season with purity of heart and with good faith. He told the faithful that we all sin, and sin completely separates us from God and for our reunion every Orthodox Christian needs repentance and true repentance make us humble bring us closer to God and to our brothers and sisters. Further Fr. Joseph told the faithful that it is important that during the Great Lent Season we must abstain from certain foods and we try to strengthen our spiritual life by reading the life of holy saints, following the sacred traditions of Eastern Orthodox Church and your daily family prayer at your homes. Being an Orthodox Christian it is our first and utmost important duty to deny pride and self-egoism and we must live a very simple and spiritual life as we learn from the teachings of Church Fathers, Pious Monks and Holy Saints.

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Father Joseph preached and told the faithful that the importance of Sacrament of Confession before the Holy Communion and the Sunday of Forgiveness also helps the Orthodox families to learn and make the habit of their life to participate in the Sacrament of Confession and our true devotion for the holy sacraments prepare all of us in our journey towards heaven. To end the preaching Fr. Joseph Farooq reminds the faithful about the prayer of the Publican: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Lk. 18. 13) as we know, this prayer of the Publican leads us to make a part of our daily life the Jesus’ prayer. This prayer enables us to make our strong connection with God as the Publican pray to God and help us to seek repentance and forgiveness of sins. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner,”

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Humble Request for your Kind Donations:

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has dedicated the Year 2017, that with help of kind donors, 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.

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The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Feast of the Holy Theophany

Divine Liturgy: On Sunday January 22, 2017, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan.

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Blessing of the Water: Pakistani Orthodox Christians with true passion and joy celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. Our Theophany service also included, the blessing of the water and after the blessing of the water Fr. Joseph Farooq sprinkled the Holy Water on the faithful and members of the Orthodox Church and they felt joy and true blessings of the feast day!

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Sermon: Father Joseph preached the importance of Baptism and further he told the faithful that the Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God. The water blessed at the service of Theophany is traditionally used to bless homes of the faithful.

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