Great and Holy Friday

Passion Week: The Great Friday: Passion of Jesus Christ.
The crucifixion and burial of Christ

100_5104

100_5144

On Holy Friday April 29, 2016, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan, commemorated the Passion and Death of Christ on the Cross.

100_5163

100_5181

This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concluded with a Vespers on Friday afternoon by Taking-Down of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb. The worshipers venerated the epitaphios or “winding sheet” (a cloth embroidered with the image of Christ prepared for burial) The Lamentations are the unique portion of the Holy Friday service so the faithful chanted with full spirit and faith.

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button

Advertisements

Great and Holy Thursday

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, on Great Thursday April 09, 2015, the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan remembered the four holy traditions:

(1) Mystical Supper (2) The washing the feet of the Apostles by Jesus
(3) The prayer of Christ in Gethsemane (4) The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

100_5062

Mystical Supper: “Take, eat, this is My Body…Drink of it all of you, this is My Blood… Do this in remembrance of Me.” On Thursday morning at 10:00 am the worshipers gathered for the Divine Liturgy, after the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the faithful about the sacrament of Holy Communion and made them to understand the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus when He shared the Passover meal with His Twelve Apostles. He further said that Mystical Supper revealed Jesus’ Divine Son-ship and authority and sacrifice of life.

100_5099

The washing the feet of the Apostles by Jesus : Fr. Joseph said the faithful that by washing the feet of His disciples, He manifested His perfect love and revealed His profound humility and showed us that we must be humble if we want to be like Him.

The Great Thursday and Evening Session:

The Twelve Gospels read at the place of worship on Great Thursday evening. Later the faithful reflected on other important significant events * prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and * the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus. They felt the depth of Jesus’ agony and sorrow. Although Jesus was Son of God, but the faithful have strong believe in His truly human existence which helped Jesus to experience suffering and to learn obedience. In the second episode the faithful went through the experience of the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus and they learnt how to follow the Foot Steps of Jesus as we face sufferings, persecutions and false of blasphemy cases and trials in the court of Pakistan.

100_5053

Towards the end of the prayer service and 12 Gospels reading the faithful were taught that being an orthodox Christian we must learn that passion week help us to bring radiant light Risen Jesus against the ungodly and dark forces of the world. Gospels” are read, in which the story of Christ’s Passion is related. Parishioners stand with lit candles for the entirety of the service, which they then take home.

100_5096

100_5094

Humbly 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 the Christians of Pakistan and preaching and teaching the holy orthodoxy in this part of the world.

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button

Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”.

Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week!

On April 24, 2016, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the parishioners 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 who led the procession. The assembled orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms holding the palm branches and proceeded towards the place of worship where Divine Liturgy was celebrated.

100_4815

100_4809

Divine Liturgy: With the blessings of God we had a Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy; it is a true joy for the faithful as they receive the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the homily of St. John Chrysostom. (Ref: Homily XIV on Philippians IV.B#57, pp.246, 248,249). 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 orthodox faithful all over the world.

100_4929

100_4985

100_5002

100_4845

Fr. Joseph Farooq said in his preaching to the faithful that it is the beauty of orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and 40 days of holy 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.

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent ST JOHN OF THE LADDER

“The Ladder” The Monk John speaks thus about tears of repentance:
“Just as fire burns and destroys firewood, so thus do pure tears wash away all impurity, both outer and inner”.

On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent (April 10, 2016) with the blessings 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.

100_4477

100_4492

A special day for the Orthodox Christians as they with great reverence and true spirit of holy orthodoxy commemorated the Monk John of the Ladder as he is honoured by the Holy Church as a great ascetic saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church. On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the ascetic life and spiritual works of Holy Father John Climacus (of the Ladder). Fr. Joseph  told the faithful that Holy Father John Climacus is the perfect example of fasting, prayers, repentance and obedience because traditions say that Saint John Climacus entered in the monastery at Mount Sinai as a sixteen-year-old boy and remained there, first as a novice, then as a hermit and finally as abbot of Sinai, until he died at the age of eighty, in about 649. He spent entire life in deeds of silence, fasting, prayer and tears of penitence.

Further Fr. Joseph told the faithful that Holy Father John Climacus is the author of spiritual work named “THE LADDER DIVINE ASCENT” and this spiritual document St John speaks about tears of repentance: “Just as fire burns and destroys the wood, so pure tears wash away every impurity, both external and internal.” His holy prayer was strong and efficacious, as may be seen from an example from the life of the God-pleasing saint. THE LADDER begins with renunciation of the world, and ends with God, Who is love (1 John 4:8).

100_4567

100_4590

100_4582

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and the sacredness of Holy Traditions of Orthodox Faith to the people of Pakistan!

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button

Third Sunday of the Great Lent Adoration of the Holy Cross

Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34

On the Third Sunday of Great Lent 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.

100_4403

On the Third Sunday of Great Lent, Fr. Joseph Farooq in his homely shared about the Adoration 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. On the third Sunday of the Great and Holy Lent the Church prepares and teaches the Orthodox Faithful for strict fasting, repentance, abstinence and helps the Faithful to focus their life on the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.

100_4399

100_4388

The Gospel message of this particular Sunday challenges us to face hardships and remain strong in our orthodox faith in all circumstances because the Holy Cross is the symbol of victory and strength for the Christians who are facing persecutions all over the world.

The Pakistani Christians are well aware that the most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord is a strength and joy for them in the current situation as they face hatred, discrimination, poverty and suffering.

100_44003

“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!

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button

Second Sunday of the Great Lent St. Gregory Palamas

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 March 27, 2016, Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the Pakistani Orthodox Christians.

100_4114

100_4107

On Second Sunday of the Great Lent Fr.Joseph Farooq preached about the St. Gregory Palamas — Gregory’s father was an eminent official the court of the Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus. The gifted Gregory, completing his secular studies, did not want to go into imperial service at court, but withdrew to the Holy Mountain and became a monk, living in asceticism at Vatopedi and the Great Lavra. He waged war against the heretic Barlaam, and finally overcame him. He was consecrated Metropolitan of Salonica in 1347, being glorified both as an ascetic and a theologian, both as a hierarch and a wonderworker. He was the defender of the Hesychasts. He upheld the doctrine that the human body played an important part in prayer, and he argued that the Hesychasts did indeed experience the Divine and Uncreated Light of Tabor.

100_4108

100_4063

Further Fr. Joseph Farooq told the faithful St. Gregory developed the distinction between the essence and the energies of God. He set Hesychasm on a firm dogmatic basis, by integrating it into Orthodox theology, and by showing how the Hesychasts vision of Divine Light in no way undermined the doctrine that God cannot be comprehended. His teachings were confirmed by the local councils held in Constantinople in 1341 and 1351. St. Gregory began by reaffirming the Biblical doctrine of man and of the Incarnation; i.e. the whole man, united in body and soul, was created in the image of God, and Christ, by taking a human body at the Incarnation, has made the flesh an inexhaustible source of sanctification’. The Hesychasts, so he argued, in placing emphasis on the body’s part in prayer, are not guilty of a gross materialism but are simply remaining faithful to the Biblical doctrine of man as a unity. Christ took human flesh and saved the whole man; therefore it is the whole man that prays to God.

Donate to the Mission

Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission

PayPal Donate Button