Lenten appeal for Pakistan Mission

‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in’ Matthew 25:35

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During the Holy Season of Great Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “alms-giving,” the sharing of ones wealth through donating money or goods to the poor or performing other acts of charity. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia is firmly established in Pakistan and humbly need your generous support.

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Your generosity makes it possible for Fr. Joseph Farooq to share the light of Holy Orthodoxy in one of the most difficult regions of South East Asia. These funds allow the mission to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.

May our Lord Jesus Christ cleanse our hearts and strengthen us spiritually during the blessed and holy lent.

Please consider helping the community in need in Pakistan this Great Fast, thank you.

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First Sunday of Great Lent – Triumph of Orthodoxy!

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 Sunday Marc 20, 2016, Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the Pakistani Orthodox Christians.

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According to sacred traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church and teaching of the Church Fathers each Sunday of the Great Lent has special theme. On the first Sunday of the Great Lent Fr.Joseph Farooq preached about the place and veneration of Holy ICONS in the Orthodox Churches. He explained the orthodox teaching about Holy Icons as defined at the Seventh Ecumenical Council of 787 by the Holy Fathers. The Orthodox Christians on the Sunday of Orthodoxy commemorates the “restoration” of Holy Icons in the churches and to their use in Orthodox worship. Further Fr. Joseph Farooq told the faithful that Holy Icons are venerated by burning lamps and candles in front of them, by the use of incense and by kissing. The Holy Icons, the pictures of Christ, the Mother of God, and the Saints, which were kept and venerated both in churches and in private homes.

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With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROCOR Mission is thankful to the Divine Mercy of Heavenly Father for all His protection and strength, despite of hardships and unavoidable circumstances, we are struggling to move ahead.

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Clean Monday: beginning of the “Great Fast”

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016:

St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the Great Lent started on Monday 14.2016. The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete was sung by following the sacred traditions of Russian Orthodox Church.

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The Great Lent is the most important fasting season in the Eastern Orthodox Christianity which prepares Orthodox Christians for the greatest feast of Bright and Joyous Pascha (Easter). Clean Monday is the first full day of fasting.

On the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Jesus says “I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

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During the Holy Season of Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “alms-giving,” 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 need 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 enter into the joy of Easter!

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Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan

Inauguration Ceremony of Adult Education Center

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With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on March 08, 2016, Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan inaugurated the first Adult Education Center for women in Pakistan. We dedicated the center after the name of Saint Matrona of Moscow. The event was attended by 30 women and 15 young Christian women are enrolled for the adult education. The basic motive of the center is to train the women to read and write and provide them the awareness about the social and legal issues in Pakistan. Beside this in the adult education program they will be taught the Catechism of Eastern Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Prayers.

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Speaking at the occasion, Fr. Joseph Farooq appreciated the generous support of Mrs Angela Novac Draghici for the literacy program for adult Christian women in Pakistan and called it an ideal program for those who couldn’t continue their education due to hardship or other reasons.

Moreover Fr. Joseph Farooq told the women group that the importance of this Adult Education Center is to impart basic literacy skills along with some other skills such as sewing and embroidery etc. It is equally necessary that these skills be used by the learners in their daily lives.

The Theological and Spiritual Perspective for Choosing the naming in honour of Saint Matrona Moscow:

Some years ago, I read of the life and works of Saint Matrona of Moscow and this had a deep impact on my mind. Futhermore it has strengthened me spiritually and has encouraged me to face all hardship in my pastoral ministry and to accomplish the tasks ahead of me. She was blind but God has granted her the light of Jesus with the gift of spiritual vision!! Saint Matrona bore infirmity with humility and patience, and God made her a vessel of grace. She never attended any school for formal education but acquired spiritual discernment, vision and knowledge of the sacred traditions.

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As Saint Matrona of Moscow comforted and spiritually strengthened the Russian faithful during the Communist Regime. I believe that She will become a source of spiritual encouragement for suffering Christians in Pakistan. I pray to the Heavenly Father that may Saint Matrona of Moscow Center become a source of solidarity, peace, love and harmony in Pakistan.

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Goals and Objectives of Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center:
(The basic literacy skills are important for life)

1- To enable them to read and write themselves.
2- To provide them awareness of Orthodox Christian family values and Orthodox Traditions.
3- To impart the knowledge of Eastern Orthodox Catechism and they will be able to learn Orthodox Prayers, so that they may strengthen and steadfast to their faith in the Islamic State of Pakistan.
4- To enable them to have the ability to change an individual’s life and to solve real-life problems through teamwork within the context of an active learning environment.
5- After the completion basic literacy course, further skills such as sewing, embroidery and handcrafts will be taught to them so that they may earn their livelihood.
6- To foster confidence, trust and determination so that they may deal the difficulties and hardships in their day to day life.
7- To polish their inner talents and potentials.

Background:

The adult Christian girls and women in Pakistan have been denied privilege of human right and basic right to education. They are denied not only the right to education, but also the right to decide matters relating to their marriages and divorce. Often abuses are compounded: poor girls and women are trafficked and subject to forced marriage. The Christian girls are the easy prey of forced marriage and in most of cases the Christian girls are forced to embrace Islam even a married Christian women are victim of Islamic Marriage Act.

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There are number of cases that Christian girls and women are raped and forced to have sex at their work places, especially who are working in the houses of rich Muslim land lords and businessmen.  Nearly 2,000 women and girls from various minority sects were forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings.

We are thankful to God that St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is conducting meetings and organizing different awareness programs for them. We are also working to uplift their living standards. For these purposes we have launched an adult education program for adult Christian women and later on a stitching school. The main motive of the mission is to protect the Christian women from sexual harassment at workplaces and to save them from forced conversation.

Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, humbly request the kind donors to show their generosity towards the poor and deprived Christian women folk. The mission plan is to open more Adult Education and Skill Centers for women. We need your generous support to buy sewing and embroidery machines for them. You can also help us by becoming a parish link and promoting the work of the Mission in your local community and to your church. We will keep you up-to-date about our work and latest events.

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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.

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Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday) Acts of Mercy and Good Deeds (Preparation for Great Lent)

To the sheep, He will say “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New Your, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on Sunday March 06, 2016, Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the Pakistani Orthodox Christians.

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On the “Sunday of the Last Judgment” the Holy Church of Christ is revealing the truth of the Gospel to Her faithful and moreover preparing them for the Great Lent. The Parable of the Last Judgment has emotional and spiritual characters, helping the entire Orthodox Christians to do acts of mercy in their earthly life to attain the salvation and the Kingdom of God. Father Joseph Farooq preached the sermon on the last judgment by Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco.

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Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan extends heartfelt thanks to everyone for your prayers and passionate support to spread the Gospel and preach the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son Compassion and Mercy (Preparation for Great Lent)

“Father, I have sinned before heaven and before thee,
and I am not worthy to be called thy son.”

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New Your, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on Sunday February 28, 2016, Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the Pakistani Orthodox Christians.

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Today the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of the parable of the Prodigal Son. This is the second Sunday in a three-week preparation period leading to the spiritual journey of Great Lent and the theme of this Sunday is repentance, compassionate love and mercy of the Father for his children.

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son leads Orthodox Christians to reflect upon the need for repentance in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

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!

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