CHRIST IS RISEN!

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The Paschal Joy, Triumph of life, Christ’s Resurrection bring many blessings for the Orthodox Church in Pakistan and throughout the world.

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 May 01, 2016, the ROCOR faithful in Pakistan joyfully participated in the Paschal Divine Liturgy. The congregation was given the chance to prepare themselves during the Holy week. First May, 2016 was very hot day and the temperature rose up to 41*c despite of this scorching heat, the worshiper were full of zeal and enthusiasm at the Great Feast of Resurrection of Christ. The mothers were fanning their small babies with hand fans trying to kill the suffocation which they were feeling beneath the tents.

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All the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan gathered cheerfully with spiritual strength at the worship place. The women and children were dressed up in beautiful, bright and colorful clothes. All were happy and cheerful. The celebration was held in the open area under the tents, I pray to God that He may provide us kind donors to buy land and to build a Church, so that we may be saved from severe weather conditions. It can be also helpful from the point of security as well.

The youth of St. Sergius Orthodox parish voluntarily and with full of spirit and passion decorated the Church arena with buntings, banners and colorful ribbons.

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Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion:

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion in his Paschal Epistle greeted all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan on the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. This Paschal Epistle strengthens the Orthodox clergy and faithful with the unique teaching of the undivided apostolic Church, and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion encourages the believers on the great feast of the splendid Resurrection of Christ by saying,

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“The light of Pascha dispels the darkness of doubts and confirms us in faith, as it once did the apostles and other eyewitnesses, who, after the Resurrection of Christ, became ardent and fearless proclaimers of this truth, suffering all manner of persecutions and tortures for it. Ever since, no matter how much persecutors and false teachers, enraged by the successes of Christianity, intensify their efforts to suppress the Holy Church, She always emerges from this conflict victorious and glorious. Thus She has stood unshaken for two millennia, in the full glory of Her Orthodoxy. How many societies and human institutions have disappeared during this period of time; how many kingdoms and governments have been crushed! Only the Orthodox Christian Church has passed unscathed through the passage of centuries, remaining eternally young and ageless”.

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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 2016, 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.

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