Sunday November 29 2015 – The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

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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Today, the preaching was done about “The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew”. Fr. Joseph Farooq told the faithful how we hear and give respond to the voice of Jesus our Lord and God in our daily life and follow Jesus as Saint Matthew in hearing the voice of Jesus Christ: “Come, follow Me” (Mt. 9: 9) left off from his duties and followed the Saviour. He together with the other apostles he followed Christ and followed the instructions of His Divine Teacher.

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Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the faithful about Jesus Christ the real Messiah as the Gospel according to Saint Matthew manifests and proof that Jesus Christ is the REAL MESSIAH and it is very important for the orthodox Christians in Pakistan and Middle East who are suffering and being persecuted to know and follow the real Messiah who is only the way of salvation, hope and life for all of us.

Congratulations to all Orthodox Christians with the feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist!

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the well wishers of ROCOR Mission in Pakistan for their passionate love and holy prayers for the promotion of Russian Orthodox in Pakistan!!

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THE FEAST OF THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE BODILESS POWERS OF HEAVEN A DAY OF JOY AND THANKSGIVING

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on November 21, 2015, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel Angel joyfully began with a moleben of thanksgiving, with festive Divine Liturgy on the following Sunday on November 22, 2015. It was a large gathering—almost 100 orthodox faithful and 30 Catechumens joyfully participated in the celebration. This day is much blessed and honored by the orthodox faithful in Pakistan because the ROCOR Mission was named after, “Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan.”

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The solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The prayers were offered for the health and many good 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 banner, flowers and icon of St. Michael the Archangel. The national flags of Pakistan and Russia were printed on the banner to mark the spiritual unity with the Mother Church.

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After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph delivered a sermon about the work and sacred responsibilities of the Holy Archangel Michael and the other bodiless Hosts of Heaven. Fr. Joseph told faithful that the Holy Archangel Michael is the head of the entire heavenly host, and explained the icon. Fr. Joseph said that Holy Archangel Michael holding a sword in his right hand depicts that he crushed Lucifer, and the palm branch in his left hand signifies that he is the guardian of the Orthodox faith and a fighter against heresy. The Holy Archangel Michael, one of the highest angels, remains faithful to the Creator. Further, Fr. Joseph told the faithful that we must follow the true traditions of holy Orthodoxy in our daily lives and always remain faithful to the Russian Orthodox Church, because these days holy Orthodoxy is being attacked from all sides by schismatic and heretic forces. We must condemn the forces of the devil, and follow the example of the holy archangel of God Michael and his entire heavenly host, who battle against dark forces.

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After the sermon the icon of St. Michael the Archangel was placed on the table and time was given to the faithful to light candles and seek help and protection in silence from St. Michael the Archangel for their families and the Orthodox faith.

Joys and blessings of the feast day:

In Pakistan, Christian communities rarely get the chance for celebrations, where they can express their joys and happiness. Christians are facing sufferings and persecutions, so I personally experienced and keenly observed that the feast days celebrated in the Orthodox Church with her unique traditions fill the hearts of people with true joy and blessings of the Heavenly Father.

Fellowship:

The faithful shared the festive lunch at the end of the feast. The celebration of the feast took almost 5 hours. I extend my thanks to Mr. Denny Sellen and his family and Fr.Daniel Ritty who generously sent help for the feast day. Thanks are due to our very dedicated orthodox parishioner Samuel Alexander and his family who joyfully helped me for making all the necessary arrangements for the feast day.

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At the completion of four years (2011-1015) of the St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad for his blessings, encouragement and pastoral care. We are also thankful to Rev. Adrian Augustus, the first ROCOR missionary to Pakistan—he is the one who planted the seed of the holy Orthodoxy in Pakistan.

I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations and charity. ROCOR Church in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day!

GLORY TO GOD! GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!

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

PEACE CONFERENCE IN SARGOHDA PAKISTAN

The Peace Conference was held in Sargodha on 30 October 2015 with mutual collaboration of HWPL and PMA. The Representative of Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan Fr.Joseph Farooq, Roman Catholic Priest Fr. Nasir William and Muslim Scholars spoke about the promotion of peace and human harmony through effective dialogue.

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Honourable Mr Lee, Chairman HWPL Korea, Respected Mr.Tahir Naveed Ch. Chairman PMA, Distinguished guests and my dear friends.

I greet all of you in the Holy name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour!!

Today in this peace gathering, with the blessings of my ruling bishop His Eminence Metropolitan Haliron, I am representing the Russian orthodox Mission in Pakistan. It is eminence pleasure for me to share my views to promote peace and human harmony in Pakistan where innocent people are under the direct threats of terrorism.

Dear friends, all the religions in the world are teaching to their followers to live in peace and encouraging them to obtain peace and total human harmony by following the non-violent means and approaches.

The action of killing human beings and aggressive flame of terrorism, violation of civil and political rights and wars are constantly destroying the world peace. Now the time has come to encounter the dark forces who are threatening the “Dove of Peace” As St. John Chrysostom Archbishop of Constantinople and the teacher of church in 4th century says to the Church and I quote,

“Just as those who are deprived of light cannot walk straight, so also those who do not behold the ray of the Holy Scriptures must necessarily sin, since they walk in the deepest darkness”.

Dear Friends through the centuries the Church Fathers, Orthodox Saints, Pious Monks and are the messengers of Gospel, Peace, Tolerance, Perfect Harmony, Humility, Piety, Simplicity and Holiness!! Their message and teaching are universal and approaching the whole human race around the globe. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and human unity with all people around us.

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill the spiritual head of the Russian Orthodox Church in his recent visit to Ukraine speak about peace and harmony and from his speech I quote the words of His Holiness:

“The world, human civilization and generally any human society cannot develop other than in conformity with the law of Love. From Love there stem solidarity, support, harmony in the world”.

The all-merciful God desires happiness for us both in this life and in the life to come. The God of heaven and earth sanctify us with His heavenly blessing to live with all human beings in peace, unity and love without any discrimination on basis of creed, race and caste.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ promise us life and in the Gospel according to Saint John chapter 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The effective dialogue and peace gatherings are the best channels and it will help the people of Pakistan to live together in peace and harmony.

My thanks are due to Mr.Tahir Naveed Ch. for organizing this wonderful peace gathering here in Sargodha and he and his team incited a struggle for promoting peace and human harmony in Pakistan. And this is a need of the time!!!

May God bless all the religious leaders, politicians and peacemakers that we must for promote of peace through actions and deeds around the globe!!

Thank you!!!

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Dormition Feast of the Most Holy Theotokos

Most Holy Mother of God, save us all!

PROCESSION:

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on Sunday August 30, 2015, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The prayers were offered for the health and many good 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 banners and Ikons of Jesus and 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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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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After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph Farooq preached 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.

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!!! Glory to Jesus!

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24th Sunday after Pentecost Martyr Acyndinus, Pegasius, Anempodistus, Aphthonius and Elpidephorus

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2015
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Martyr Acyndinus, Pegasius, Anempodistus, Aphthonius and Elpidephorus

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The sermon focused on these Persian Martyrs, who suffered in the time of King Sapor in 355 AD. In his preaching Fr. Joseph told the faithful that how first three Acyndinus , Pegasius and Anempodistus were serving secretly the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour though they were the servant of the pagan king. When they were arrested and brought in the trial court before the king, the holy martyrs fearlessly confessed their faith in the Holy Trinity. The torture and life threats never changed and break their strong believe and love Christ.

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During their trials and torture the holy angels appeared to them several times and strengthen them and it is written in the sacred traditions that once Jesus Christ our Lord and God Himself appeared on them. Fr. Joseph narrated the sermon with sufferings and persecutions of Christians in Pakistan and Syria, Egypt, Libya and Middle East and told the faithful that the faith of the holy martyrs strengthen us. Further Fr.Joseph told the faithful that holy traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church help and teach to their believers to live in peace and harmony with all the human beings who live around us.

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The Russian Orthodox Community in Pakistan has true love and passion for holy orthodoxy!! I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations and charity. The ROCOR Mission Church in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day!!!!
GLORY TO GOD! GLORY TO JESUS!

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A DAY WITH VENERABLE FATHER SERAPHIM OF SAROV

June 14, 2015 was the hottest day of the month and the temperature was 48c. It seems early in the morning that the sun has descended on the earth. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan organized one day program for the Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan about the holy life of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

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Despite of the scorching temperature, the people participated in the solemn celebration with real devotion for St. Seraphim of Sarov. Their faces were glowing as the dazzling Light of the Risen Lord has touched their hearts. The name Seraphim means “fiery” or “burning” in Hebrew. It really seems that today our Venerable Father Seraphim was present among us.

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The solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. A prayer of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, translated into the Pakistani native language, was read by Fr. Joseph Farooq; other prayers were also said 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, and for peace, unity, brotherhood and solidarity throughout the world.

Sermon:

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After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph Farooq preached comprehensively the life history and miraculous works of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. Fr. Joseph Farooq told the faithful that at the age of 18, St. Seraphim resolved to become a monk. His mother blessed him with a large copper cross, which he wore over his clothes for the rest of his life. Before he joined the monastic life, the young Seraphim liked to read the Lives of Saints, to go to church, and to pray in seclusion. He was accepted as a novice in the Sarov monastery.

Further he told the faithful that Saint Seraphim of Sarov is one of the greatest Russian ascetics and wonderworkers, with profound spiritual discernment. He was distinguished by a great humility. When being praised by the entire world, he referred to himself as “the poor wretch Seraphim.”

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Fr. Joseph shared that Saint Seraphim of Sarov was blessed by a vision of angels participating in sermons and singing. During the Liturgy on Great Thursday he had a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ incarnate in human flesh as He was entering the temple together with Angelic Hosts and blessing those in prayer. Venerable Seraphim was so taken by the vision that he could not speak for a long time.

In his sermon Fr. Joseph Farooq instructed the faithful that the ascetic life of Saint Seraphim is the perfect example for the Orthodox faithful to live with devotion, cheerfulness, patience, hard work and obedience in all circumstances. Our Venerable Father Seraphim had a very close association with the Most Holy Mother of God, and therefore he ceaselessly prayed before the icon of the Mother of God (of Tender Feeling). This closeness with the Most Holy Theotokos was so strong that she appeared to him surrounded by indescribable light, accompanied by the Apostles Peter and John the Theologian.

St. Seraphim is known as a wonderworker through whom God worked many miracles of all kinds. He still continues to work miracles in our lives whenever we seek help from him. His miracles are countless, and I am only mentioning two powerful miracles of St. Saraphim of Sarov, which reflect the Glory of God. These two persons, Michael Vasileevich Manturov and Nicholas Alexandrovich Motovilov, were victims of serious sicknesses, and the doctors were unable to cure their diseases. But they were healed by St. Seraphim’s prayers.

Help from our venerable father Seraphim of Sarov:

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After the sermon, people were given time to light their candles that they brought along with them in front of the icon of the St. Saraphim of Sarov. They were instructed to ask for the help from St. Seraphim of Sarov for their problems, any family sickness and for the blessings of their Orthodox faith. They asked for help with complete faith and enthusiasm that their prayers will be heard through the powerful intercessions of St. Seraphim. Some of the faithful expressed their feelings and testimonies of how St. Seraphim brought comfort to their lives. It was a large gathering consisting of Orthodox faithful and those who wish to embrace holy Orthodoxy in the future. There were good number of women and children present. At the end of the solemn celebrations the icons of St. Seraphim of Sarov were distributed among the faithful. All the faithful were very happy as they received the icons.

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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.

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

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Newly Illuminated Orthodox in Sargodha

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By the grace of God successful mission work Sargodha we are moving ahead day by day!! With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion on November 8, 2015 a Catholic Christian family chrismated at St.Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha (ROCOR Pakistan)

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This family attending regular sessions of teaching alomsot one year and through our teaching they found the orthodox church “the true church”. The ROCOR Mission in Pakistan extends love, prayers and best wishes to the newly illuminated faithful: Niseem Imma- Seerat Elena- Sahil Vladimir and Shushma Cathernia and uncle Stephen.

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