Divine Liturgy and Welcome Program
St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan
On 23 October, 2016 (8th Sunday after Pentecost) 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, Rev.Fr. Peter Irfan , an American resident,a Pakistani National and his wife Matushka Mary visited Saint Sergius Orthodox Parish Sargodha Pakistan.
Rev. Fr. Peter Irfan serving in St. George Orthodox Church Buffalo, New York, traveled from USA to Pakistan to visit his family and relatives, he showed his passionate concern and wish to visit and concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Joseph Farooq at Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan. I, Father Joseph Rector and Administrator of the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan very warmly invited him. The Orthodox faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan witnessed this blissful occasion.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in makeshift tents, and over 300 Orthodox faithful attended service. It is worth mentioning that over 300 people present were prayerful, and it was a good mix of younger and older people.
After the Divine Liturgy Rev. Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary were welcomed by Fr.Joseph Farooq, Matushka Sophia Joseph and Parish Council. St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Parish organized a welcome and cultural program to entertain the distinguished guests. The small kids in their regional dresses offered bouquet to them. The young energetic kids of our parish performed a traditional welcome song and showers rose petals upon them as a sign of love and joy. The senior citizen of parish council garlanded the guests in a typical traditional way showing the gesture of honor for our guests. They shared lunch with all the parishioners to promote spiritual unity and fellowship. Fr. Peter Irfan generously donated 400US$ to the church and promised to help the mission needs in future to show his love and care for his brother priest in Pakistan and church in need.
Fr. Joseph thanked the guests (Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary) for their sincere concern for the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. Father Joseph appreciated their presence and expressed his gratitude for the Celebration of Divine Liturgy and spending time with them. Father Joseph further added that both the parishes interchanged their love and care for one another and it is a good sign for the promotion of the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Father Joseph also appreciated his parish team, Azad Nicholas, Aaron Nadeem, Azar Murad, Mrs.Ruth Aaron, Mrs.Shahmim Azad, Miss.Ruth Samuel and church choir for their hard work and cooperation.
Fr. Peter in his speech and sermon said that he and his wife were very happy among Orthodox community in Pakistan. He also shared that he is very happy to see the increasing number of orthodox faithful in Pakistan. Moreover he said that with the hard labour of Father Joseph Farooq, the holy orthodoxy is growing in Pakistan although this is a baby church but the orthodox faithful are practicing the holy tradition with devotion and pure heart and he witnessed all this. At the end, Fr Peter thanked His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, for his blessings for his visit and simultaneously Fr Joseph for his kind consent and his priestly fraternity for this visit.
Future of Pakistan Mission:
Our Orthodox Church in Pakistan is a baby church and we need prayers, spiritual guidance and financial support. St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan most humbly invite 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. The positive response will be highly appreciated by our Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan.
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