Sunday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ After Feast of the Theophany.

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, a regular Sunday Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church in Pakistan. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated and holy orthodoxy preached with passion and love. The community was very happy to receive the Holy Communion every Sunday and on feast days. We thank everyone for the patience, prayers and passionate support to spread the Gospel and preach the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.
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Sunday before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ Forefeast of the Theophany

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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On Sunday January 17, 2016, Pakistani Orthodox Christians with true passion and joy celebrated the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. Our Theophany service also included, the blessing of the water and after the blessing of the water Fr. Joseph Farooq sprinkled the Holy Water on the faithful and members of the Orthodox Church and they felt joy and true blessings of the feast day!

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Father Joseph Farooq preached the importance of Baptism and further he told the faithful that the Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God. The water blessed at the service of Theophany is traditionally used to bless homes of the faithful.

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THE BLESSED FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST IN PAKISTAN

Merry Christmas! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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 January 7, 2016 the Russian Orthodox believers outside Russia in Pakistan celebrated Christmas according to Traditions and Faith of the Mother Church (Russia). It is our true joy and strong spiritual unity that we celebrated Christmas on the same date along with our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world by following the “Julian calendar”. therefore Orthodox Christians annually celebrate Christmas Day on January 7.

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January 7 “The Day of Joy and Blessing” For Pakistani Orthodox Christians

It is worth mentioning that the Christmas Lent is a favourable time in which we need to bring the fruits of repentance and prayer. The ROCOR priest Fr. Joseph Farooq in Pakistan preached forty days of fasting to the orthodox believers and they were taught not to eat meat and were asked to pray for the repentance of their sins and do some charity for the poor and needy. The Christian Community in Pakistan is very poor but they do some charity for their brothers and sisters. Many of the faithful come for confession during the regular Sunday’s Divine Liturgy to gain spiritual perfection. All the religious services on New Year and on Christmas Day were full of orthodox worshippers in Pakistan.

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Festive Divine Liturgy:

On January 7, 2016: With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion Festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated for Pakistani Orthodox faithful of ROCOR. About 300 orthodox worshippers and 30 non-orthodox who wish to embrace holy orthodoxy attended the Divine Liturgy. On Christmas day, during the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in Syria, Pakistan and Middle East and other parts of the world, we also offer prayers for the health 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 orthodox faithful all over the world.

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Homily of St. John Chrysostom on the Nativity of Christ:

After the Divine Liturgy, Fr.Joseph Farooq preached the deep theology of Christ’s incarnation which is interpreted by Blessed John Chrysostom Archbishop of Constantinople and the teacher of church. In his sermon, Fr. Joseph Farooq emphasized that faithful should strengthen their faith as they face trials, tribulation and persecutions.

Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion:

I am grateful to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, who shared his special Christmas Message and greetings with ROCOR Community in Pakistan.

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Distribution of Gifts, Ration and Warm Clothes:

I am thankful to the kind donors who generously contributed with pure heart for the Christmas gifts, ration for poor orthodox families and warm clothes for children. May the Most Holy Mother of God save them all. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all my kind donors and may God bless their donations and charity for the poor and needy.

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Humble Request:

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has dedicated the Year 2016, that with help of kind donors, 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.

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Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, a regular Sunday Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church in Pakistan.

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The Nativity Fast and Orthodox Traditions:

This Sunday Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the importance of Nativity Fast and he told the faithful that our Holy Fathers always teach us to look after and care the poor, orphans and widows. Faithful were also taught that how we Orthodox Christians have to follow the holy traditions and practice the perfect Christian Teaching preached by the Holy Fathers. We attain spiritual growth by worshiping the living God in our daily life.

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This Sunday the ROCOR community were asked to prepare their souls and hearts for the celebration of the Blessed Feast of the Nativity of Christ, when our Saviour, the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, received flesh and bones in the small town of Bethlehem, through the Virgin Mary, and the predictions of the prophets were fulfilled.

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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 are thankful to God, with the blessings His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, each New Year brings success and strength for the orthodox mission in Pakistan and the holy orthodoxy is moving one step ahead in Pakistan.

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Happy New Year from the Mission!

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With blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion,first Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Saint Micheal the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan and Parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan, wish you all a very HAPPY and BLESSED NEW YEAR!!

We wish you all good health, well-being and spiritual growth!!!

Thank you for your generous support, passionate feelings and true love with the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan!!!

With love in the Lord,
Fr.Joseph

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