Pastoral visit in Sarghoda

The traditional work of mercy by the Eastern Orthodox Church to care the Sick and Elderly. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Fr. Joseph Farooq the representative of ROCOR mission in Pakistan visits Orthodox families regularly. The prayers strengthen their faith and bring spiritual healing for family members. Fr. Joseph spent time with them and people share their joys and sorrows and they are being comforted by preaching the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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30th Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday of the Forefathers

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.On this Sunday the orthodox faithful were asked to observe fast and do charity works.

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Nativity Drive for Needy Families

With the Blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion every year the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan distributed rations and warms clothes among widows and the needy orthodox families and small gifts to orthodox children to share happiness, joy and blessings of Christmas. This year again with the blessings of God we wish to repeat this event again.

We are asking for any of you who can help during this time to donate to the Mission so we can bring light to those poor and oppressed Orthodox families in Sarghoda.

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Saint Nicholas of Myra

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. The feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra joyfully began with a moleben of thanksgiving, with festive Divine Liturgy on the following Sunday December 20, 2016.

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On this day Fr. Joseph Farooq Preached about the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra the wonderwork he told the faithful that Saint Nicholas was very humble and generous, known for his abundant mercy to all, his beneficence toward the poor, and his advocacy for those unjustly accused and imprisoned. As a pious hierarch, Saint Nicholas was always concerned for the welfare and the spiritual well-being of his flock. He was known for His Deeds of kindness as well as for working miracles on Behalf of those in needs. Saint Nicholas Continues to intercede with Christ, our Merciful Lord, for the Salvation of Those who Seek His prayers and powerful Intercession. He is known as the Patron of Sailors and of Children, and Also of the Russian land. We venerate His memory, hoping to follow His good example, and asking him to pray for the Salvation of our Souls.

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Help from Saint Nicholas of Myra:

After the sermon, people were given time to light the candles in front of the icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker. The faithful were asked to pray from Saint Nicholas in these blessed days of Nativity Fast. Each family was given an icon Saint Nicholas of as a blessing.

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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. Every year the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan distributed rations and warms clothes among widows and the needy orthodox families and small gifts to orthodox children to share happiness, joy and blessings of Christmas. This year again with the blessings of God I wish torepeat this event again. Following the teaching of Saint Nicholas of Myra that is abundant mercy and generosity for the poor, please support the mission and share your Christmas joys and happiness with your orthodox brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

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Congratulations to all, “The feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker!

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Donations via PayPal back online

Thank-you to all the generous supporters who have waited patiently while we attended to our donations via PayPal being offline.

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With the blessing of his Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, we have now implemented PayPal donations to the mission through the Fund For Assistance of ROCOR. 100% of your donations are passed on to the area of your choice; all PayPal buttons on this website will direct to an FFA PayPal site preselected to donate to the ROCOR Orthodox Mission in Pakistan.

Once again thanks to all the supporters of the mission and please wherever possible your prayers and kind donations are welcome to help support Father Joseph and the Orthodox faithful in Pakistan.

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Sunday December 13, 2015 – Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-called

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 Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Holy Apostle Andrew. Therefore Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the life of Saint Andrew who was the very first of the apostles, followed the son of God, what for and received the title of “apostle”. Fr. Joseph Farooq told the faithful that Holy Apostle Andrew preached Christianity in different countries and preached the Gospel in the Russian Land and sacred tradition says that after the dormition of the Mother of God, St. Andrew began his final journey from Jerusalem and visiting the different places and regions he reached to the Sea of Azov in southern Russia.

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Further Fr.Joseph Farooq told the faithful that St Andrew the First-Called accepted the decision of the prefect with joy and with prayer to the Lord, and went willingly to the place of execution. In order to prolong the suffering of the saint, Aegeatos gave orders not to nail the saint’s hands and feet, but to tie them to the cross. For two days the apostle taught the citizens who gathered about. The people, in listening to him, with all their souls pitied him and tried to take St Andrew down from the cross. Fearing a riot of the people, Aegeatos gave orders to stop the execution.

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But the holy apostle began to pray that the Lord would grant him death on the cross. Just as the soldiers tried to take hold of the Apostle Andrew, they lost control of their hands. The crucified apostle, having given glory to God, said: “Lord Jesus Christ, receive my spirit.” Then a blazing ray of divine light illumined the cross and the martyr crucified upon it. When the light faded, the holy Apostle Andrew had already given up his holy soul to the Lord. Maximilla, the God fearing and pious woman received the body of the saint and taken down from the cross, and buried him with honor.
(Note: Maximilla, wife of the governor of Patra was healed by Saint Andrew).

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A few centuries later, under the emperor Constantine the Great, the relics of the holy Apostle Andrew were solemnly transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles beside the relics of the holy Evangelist Luke and St Paul’s disciple St Timothy.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and by agreement with the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Cross of St. Andrew the First Called will be brought to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Cross on which the apostle was crucified is kept in St. Andrew’s in Patras on Peloponnesus Peninsular, Greece. It is a shrine important for the whole Christendom.

Congratulations to all Orthodox Christians with the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle the First-Called!!!

I humbly request the kind donors please come forward and support the missionary work in Pakistan, as we are preaching the Gospel in the most difficult region of the world being the apostles of 21st Century with blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

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After feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple

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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“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God”. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)

The sacred traditions are the beauty of the Orthodox Church that faithful offers their gifts to thank God for His Divine Blessings for their families. This Sunday some orthodox families with joy and happiness offered vegetables and fruits before the holy table!! May God bless and protect the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan and I extend my heartfelt thanks for their passionate love and true union with orthodox traditions.

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