The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of Jesus

Holy Cross Procession in Pakistan

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha (John 19:17)

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, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan participated in the Divine Liturgy and venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The solemn celebration opened with the procession of the Holy Cross followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The special prayers were offered for the health and blessed good years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia Shepherd of the Russian Orthodox Church and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.

We also offered prayed for the peace and harmony for the canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine and for the health and protection of His Eminence Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev. We humbly said prayers for the orthodox clergy and faithful, peace, unity, brotherhood and solidarity throughout the world.

Fr. Joseph in his homely shared about the Historical and Theological background of the commemoration of the “The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of our Lord and Saviour and Veneration of the Holy Cross in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Further he told the faithful that the Orthodox Christians all over the world venerate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with true passion for their salvation and to defeat the evil forces of the world.

In preaching Father Joseph told the faithful that in Pakistan and all over the world Orthodox Christians are proud of their faith and the Holy Cross of Jesus is strengthening their faith and give them courage to face the challenges of life with vim and vigor in all the circumstances. Further, he emphasized that in our sufferings and persecutions Saint Paul helps us to understand the love of God which is manifested through the Holy Cross of Jesus.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Homily by St. John Chrysostom, Concerning the Cross and the Thief:
“We are able to see Christ’s inexpressible love for man not only from the cross itself but also from the words which He spoke whilst upon the cross. At the very time when He was nailed and they were mocking Him, deriding Him and spitting upon Him, He said: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34)

“O most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, help us with our Holy Lady, the Virgin Theotokos, and with all the Saints throughout the ages” Amen!

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Fifth Annual Feast of “The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos in Pakistan”

“Let us celebrate with joy and feel blessed as we all are saved by the intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary”!

by Father Joseph (ROCOR Priest in Pakistan)

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on August, 28, 2018, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary was celebrated in Pakistan. With full devotion and faithfulness, the congregation of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha participated in the joyful celebration of the feast day. The feast of Dormition joyfully began with a moleben of thanksgiving, with big procession followed by festive Divine Liturgy.

On this feast, special 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, and First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Special prayers were also offered for peace in our families, in our local community, and in the world and in the suffering countries.

The Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God has become very popular tradition of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha. For the last 4 years we are celebrating this feast with big procession and large gathering of faithful and catechumens.

After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the orthodox faithful about the Dormition feast celebrated according to the holy traditions of the 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:

 The Protectress of human race
 The union of the Most Pure Mother of the Lord with Her Son
 The relations of the Most Holy Theotokos with Holy places
 Dormition Fasting days and orthodox spiritually
 Role of Apostles and the Archangel Gabriel
 The plan of High priest to kill the Mother of God
 The service of Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos in the Orthodox Churches
 The repose of Most Holy Theotokos and bodily assumption of the Theotokos

The faithful were taught that the Dormition Fasting and the beauty sacred of the sacred traditions provide us a spiritual opportunity to repent and to have reunion with our Heavenly Father as our sins separated us from God. Besides this, they asked to honour the Most Holy Mother of God and seek help from the Queen of Heaven who saves us all through Her powerful intercessions.

 May the Most Holy Mother of God protects us all!
 Most Holy Mother of God prays for us!
 Most Holy Lady Theotokos sends down help and support for all!

This is worth mentioning that the Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan joyfully participate in all the major feasts of the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. With devotion, patience and humility offer prayers and hymns to the Virgin Mary.

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin teaches us to experience the Paschal Mystery and to live a true faith reached to us through our Lord and God Saviour of the world and through His Holy Apostles.

We are thankful to God for His Divine Love and Blessings and our life is happier on the feast day, we acknowledge the great gifts of holy orthodoxy!

I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations and charity. ROCOR Church in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day! Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan needs your generous support for the construction of first Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan as we are celebrating Divine Liturgy in tents, faithful homes and in open area.

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MIRACLES OF SAINT SERGIUS OF RADONEZH AND SAINT SERAPHIM OF SAROV IN PAKISTAN

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.

TESTIMONIES:

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.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/80230.html
http://orthochristian.com/73209.html
http://orthochristian.com/87389.html
http://orthochristian.com/108634.html
https://archangelmichaelmission.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/icon-of-saint-seraphim-of-vyritsa/
https://archangelmichaelmission.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/saint-matrona-of-moscow-adult-education-center-for-women-in-pakistan/

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.

Please Donate to Saint Michael the Orthodox Mission in Pakistan

Your generosity makes it possible for Fr. Joseph Farooq preaching the holy orthodoxy in the most difficult region of the South East Asia. He reaches out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.
The faithful earnestly pray to God that He may provide kind and generous donors to purchase a land and construction of First Russian Orthodox Temple in Pakistan.

For queries about the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, kindly contact:fr.joseph.rocpk@gmail.com

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Saint Matrona Adult Education Sewing Center for women in Pakistan

A Project of Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Saint Matrona Adult Education Center was started in March 2016. Father Joseph Farooq the administrator of Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is administrating an adult education and sewing center for the uplift of poor women in Pakistan and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and with the generous support of our kind donors,

Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center for women in Pakistan helping the women group in the following fields:

Teaching them to read and write (A Basic Adult Education)
Teaching the Catechism of Eastern Orthodox Church and orthodox prayers
Health and Hygiene and food Preserving
Training of knitting, Cutting and Stitching

Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center for Poor Women in Pakistan believes that:

“A sewing machine helps the poor women to learn the skills of stitching and to earn butter and bread for their children with honor and respect”.

The women in Pakistan from their birth face injustice, discrimination, poor education and poor nutrition. The poor women in Pakistan face worst situation and many problems and Father Joseph Farooq has started this noble work 3 years ago and he is very hopeful about the progress and development of women group. He is passionate and happy that our Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan is growing day by day and ROCOR Community is being transformed by the power of the Holy Gospel and teachings of the Mother Church.

Our small effort can bring smile on their faces. Father Joseph Farooq regularly visits the Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center and taught catechism to the women group. I humbly request you to support our project! a better way after getting basic education and skills of stitching. Your support will shape their better future

Humble Request:

Mission needs 2 Sewing Machines, 4 tables, 15 chairs and one cupboard and iron box. I humbly request you to send your kind donation for the uplift of vulnerable women.

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Holy Pascha 2018: Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan

THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

Christ is Risen!

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” (1 Cor.15:14)

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, on April 08, 2018 the “Joyous Feast of Holy Pascha” celebrated in Pakistan. The Lenten Season helps the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan to experience the fasting practice and abstinence of meat and dairy products. With full devotion and patience the faithful participated in all the Holy Week Services, starting from Palm Sunday; it is the most joyous feasts of the year, as we commemorate the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem.

Metropolitan Hilarion’s Paschal Epistle:

Father Joseph representative of ROCOR Mission in Pakistan read the Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion. In his Paschal Epistle; His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the ROCOR Family around the world. This Paschal Epistle is a spiritual support for the Orthodox clergy and faithful as Vladyka wrote in his message: “Christ is Risen! these were the first words with which the Most-Blessed Mother of God, the Apostles, the Women Myrrh-Bearers and other followers of Christ greeted each other, when, after the severe torments, crucifixion, death and the burial of the Saviour, they first learned of His Resurrection”. Some brought forth this joy, saying “Christ is Risen,” and others responded: “The Lord is risen indeed” (Luke 24:34).

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion encourages the believers on the great feast of the splendid Resurrection of Christ by saying: “And so, remembering the call of the Resurrected Savior, let us all rejoice, let no one remain in sorrow, for “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Amen.

The Paschal Epistle of our Dear Loving Vladyka Hilarion strengthened the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan as they are victim of social injustice and poverty and deprived of basic human rights. His message is strengthening our faith, fills us with hope to move ahead to make Pakistan a peaceful and just society through our struggle and constant prayers.

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, I earnestly pray to God that He may provide us the kind and generous donors to buy a land and build the first Holy Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and school for Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Christian Children.

For queries about the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, kindly contact:fr.joseph.rocpk@gmail.com

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Great Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

Great Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
The beginning of Holy Week and Spiritual Preparation for the Glorious Resurrection of Christ!

On April 01, 2018, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the congregation of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan started the Holy Week with the solemn celebrations of Palm Sunday.

Procession: The parishioners gathered around in the circle, where palms were blessed by Fr.Joseph Farooq. The congregation of Pakistani Orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms holding the palm branches and proceeded towards the place of worship where Divine Liturgy was celebrated. To mark Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem in the procession the Orthodox youth and children with full passion and enthusiasm chanted “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”.

Divine Liturgy: With the blessings of God we had a Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy; it is a true blessing and joy for the faithful as they receive the Holy Communion. Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the homily of St. John Chrysostom. During the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in suffering land of Pakistan and Middle East and other parts of the world; we also offered prayers for the health and many good years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, for the Orthodox clergy and faithful all over the world.

Fr. Joseph said in his sermon to the faithful that it is the beauty of Orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and forty days of fasting, he further said that Russian Orthodox Church teaches us the practicality of forgiveness, repentance and our day to day spiritual journey with our Savior, the Risen Lord Jesus. Towards the end of the preaching Fr. Joseph Farooq humbly directed the faithful: “Prepare yourself and be strong in your faith as the evil forces of the world threatening the peace and bring huge damage to the humans.

“Blessed are we that have not seen, and yet have believed” Glory to Jesus! Holy Orthodoxy is growing day by day and number of persons from various backgrounds is becoming interested in the Orthodox Church.

Humble Request: St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan most humbly invites the generous donors and supporters to join us as a partner to reach out to the Christians of Pakistan and preaching and teaching the holy Orthodoxy in this part of the world.

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BEGINNING OF THE GREAT LENT IN PAKISTAN

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Blessed Lenten Journey Started by Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. The ROCOR community in Pakistan entered the Great Lent Season with full devotion and passion.
On Monday 19, 2018 the parishioners and choir of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan sung the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete by following the sacred traditions of Russian Orthodox Church.

The Great Lent is the most important fasting season in the Eastern Orthodox Christianity which prepares Orthodox Christians for the Glorious and Bright and Joyous Feast of the Resurrection of Lord and Saviour. Clean Monday is the first full day of fasting and Great Lent is the most important fasting season in the church year in Orthodox Christianity. Right after the Forgiveness Sunday, it is the beauty of the Eastern Orthodox Church to start a Lenten Journey. The forgiveness Sunday symbolizes to leave behind sins and asking for forgiveness of sins, any transgression of word, thought or pride.

During the Holy Season of Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. The Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR) is firmly established in Pakistan and humbly needs your generous support. May our Lord Jesus Christ cleanse our hearts and strengthen us spiritually during the blessed and holy lent.

Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan wishes all of you a blessed Great Lent Season. May God give you strength and fortress during the Lent so that we all are prepared for Bright and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior!

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