DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Report prepared by: Matushka Sophia Lubna Joseph

This Feast has become a very popular tradition in the parish of St. Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, Pakistan for last 3 years!

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August 27, 2017, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. On this feast with the blessings of Vadyka Hilarion ruling bishop of Pakistan, Father Joseph and parishioners of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, cordially invited Father Paul, Graduate from Tomsk Theological Seminary, and a priest of Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with Father Joseph.

It is really a blessing and spiritual encouragement for our parishioners as Father Paul chanted the “The Litany of Fervent Supplication” The First Litany of the Faithful and few Exclamations in the Church Slavonic language.

The Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God has become very popular tradition of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha for last 3 years we are celebrating this feast with big procession and large gathering of faithful and catechumens. This time with Divine blessings and protection of our Heavenly Father, 350 faithful participated to witness the great feast day and it really add joy and blessing to our people and they will have a good chance to share joy and peace with each other. Glory to Jesus, a large number of faithful attended the Divine Liturgy with fasting and got chance for holy confession and took the Holy Communion.

After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the orthodox faithful about Dormition Fasting and comprehensively about the Earthly Life of the Most Holy Theotokos.

At the 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!

Humble Request to the generous donors: 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.

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Divine Liturgy at Saint Matrona Adult Education Center for Women Pakistan

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on July 30, 2017, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at Adult Education Center for women in Pakistan. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is operating and administrating an adult education center for the uplift of poor women in Pakistan and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Saint Matrona Adult Education Center was started in March 2016. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is thankful to our kind donor Angela Draghici and Elena Maler for their passionate and generous help for Saint Matrona Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan.

Joy of Sweet Mangos in Pakistan:

The women group of Saint Matrona Adult Education Center collected some money to share the joy of sweet mangos among themselves. The women group was very happy to participate in this activity and they share their joy and happiness and in this center quite often they got good moments to smile despite of their hardship and poverty. The presence of Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan since 2012 with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Fr.Joseph is preaching the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

Mango is called “The King of Fruit,” and Pakistani mangos are very sweet and famous all over the world. Pakistan is the sixth largest mango producing country in the world after India, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico, producing 1.9 million tons annually.

Humble Request to the generous donors: 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.

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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!
Happy Holiday!

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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