12th Sunday after Pentecost The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Saint John the Baptist

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on September 11, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan and beside this on regular basis the ROCOR Mission arranges a catechism classes for the new members who showed their love and passion to embrace the holy orthodoxy!

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After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached about the Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist. Fr. Joseph told the faithful that in memory of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the feast day was established by the Church and this particular feast day is observed as a strict fast day, – as an expression of the grief of Christians at the violent death of the holy saint. On this day the Church makes remembrance of soldiers, killed on the field of battle, as established in 1769 at the time of a war of Russia with the Turks and the Poles.

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In his preaching Fr Joseph told the faithful that these sacrifices and martyrdom of the holy saints strengthen us to live a good Christian life with pure faith by following the sacred traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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