With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad,, 10th June 2018 acted as a milestone for the Russian Orthodox church in Pakistan, as many faithful shared the testimony of their strong faith and spiritual association with the Saints of the Russian land, Eastern Orthodox Church and Church Fathers. They shared the wonderworks of Saint Sergius of RADONEZH and Saint Saraphim of SAROV emerged in their lives through their powerful intersession and prayers and how they have experienced peace and comfort in their lives, health recovery and the jobless have got jobs. Among these are many orthodox families, three protestant families and one Catholic lady.
Today, it was a very hot day, as summer in Pakistan is very severe, but I gladly share that faithful came to attend the Divine Liturgy with full zeal and zest and spiritual devotion. We do not have an enough place for the large gatherings, so we offer Divine Liturgy in the tents on the specific days and feasts. The faithful remained steadfast in their faith and in the scorching heat of summer when the temperature was about 47°C. They chanted loudly and cheerfully and praised the Lord.
Wonderworks of our Blessed Father Sts Sergius of Radonezh and Seraphim of Sarov
A Catholic lady Sobia Adeline, who was blessed with a baby boy by constantly praying to the holy icon of Saint Saraphim of Sarov, which was given to her by her mother as the mother and her one brother are orthodox. Her mother told her to keep that icon and kiss it to show reverence while praying. She was infertile for the past six years. She is greatly moved by this miracle and now she is attending our catechist classes and soon along with her husband they will embrace the holy orthodoxy. The baby boy was baptized and chrismated and named after the great Saint Seraphim.
Protestant Families: One protestant family was awfully frustrated by both witchcraft and evil spirits at their home and was greatly terrified and shattered. The whole family has gone through psychological and emotional disturbances, Fr. Joseph Farooq visited the family and bless them by sprinkling the holy water, incense the home and handed over the icon of Mother of God, Saint Matrona of Moscow and of Saint Sergius of Radonezh to this family Fr .Joseph Farooq kept on visiting the family, prayed for them and motivated them to seek help from the Mother of God and holy saints. In the testimony they shared they had seen the vision of Mother of God and Saint Sergius of Radonezh and this family got peace and comfort after six months of regular prayer to the icon of Mother of Jesus and Saint Sergius and Saint Matrona of Moscow.
Other two protestant families received physical relief from their sickness and pain through prayer from Saint Saraphim Sarov.
Testimonies of Orthodox Families:
The following families from our congregation Alexander Samuel, Razia Sophia, Azar Gills and Nina, Amjad John and his wife Noshi Catherine, Peter, Martha, Aaron Nadeem and Ruth, Lewis Paul and Jamila Elizabeth and Nasreen Anna recovered their sickness, got jobs, by praying to Saint Sergius and Saint Saraphim of Sarov. They were recovered from their sickness, pain and family problems through the powerful intersession of these holy saints. Their family members shared that they are receiving peace, comfort and happiness in their lives through asking constant prayers to the holy saints.
Martha shared that she daily keeps fresh flowers in front of the icon of Saint Sergius of Radonezh to venerate him and has built a strong bond of spiritual association and trust with Saint Sergius of Radonezh .She prays for a peaceful and happy life. Today she is happy in her family and still prays for guidance and peace of mind.
Alexander Samuel venerates the icon of Saint Saraphim of Sarov by daily praying and asking for healthy and prosperous life. He shared that his house seems empty without this icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov and he cannot imagine a single day of his life without praying to him.
Church Teaching and veneration of the Holy Saints in the Orthodox Church:
Here it is worth mentioning to share that Fr. Joseph Farooq has been preaching about the church fathers, holy saints of the Russian land and Eastern Orthodox and pious monks for the past six years. The Orthodox Families are always advised by Father Joseph Farooq to seek help from them for their spiritual and physical wellbeing and for their different domestic or financial problems. It strengthened their faith and today with full confidence they shared the miracles of these saints by giving testimony.
For more information please find links on the websites as we celebrated the days of Saints of Great Russian Land.
Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is grateful to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion for his blessings, prayers, passionate support and encouragement. With help and intercessions of the Most Holy Theotokos, Holy Saints, Angels and Archangels, the congregation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan strengthened in faith and enhanced understanding of the sacred traditions of the mother church. Although, we are passing through a very hard time with very less financial resources ,but moving ahead with patience under the Divine protection of our Heavenly Father.
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