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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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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