The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Feast of the Holy Theophany

Divine Liturgy: On Sunday January 22, 2017, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan.

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Blessing of the Water: Pakistani Orthodox Christians with true passion and joy celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. Our Theophany service also included, the blessing of the water and after the blessing of the water Fr. Joseph Farooq sprinkled the Holy Water on the faithful and members of the Orthodox Church and they felt joy and true blessings of the feast day!

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Sermon: Father Joseph preached the importance of Baptism and further he told the faithful that the Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God. The water blessed at the service of Theophany is traditionally used to bless homes of the faithful.

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THE BLESSED FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST IN PAKISTAN

Merry Christmas!
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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 January 7, 2017 the Russian Orthodox believers outside Russia in Pakistan celebrated Christmas according to Traditions and Faith of the Mother Church (Russia). The ROCOR Family in Pakistan celebrated Christmas on the same date along with our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world by following the “Julian calendar”.

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“The Day of Joy and Blessing” (January 07) For Pakistani Orthodox Christians:

It is worth mentioning that the Christmas Lent is a favourable time in which we need to bring the fruits of repentance and prayer. During the Nativity Lent the ROCOR priest Fr. Joseph Farooq started celebrating Divine Liturgy for those people who live in the far-flung areas of Sargodha as it is difficult for them to come the main parish office to attend the regular Sunday Divine Liturgy but they participate on the major feast days with full devotion and joy and preached forty days of fasting to the orthodox believers. All the religious services on New Year and on Christmas Day were full of orthodox worshippers in Pakistan.
Festive Divine Liturgy:

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On January 7, 2017: With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion Festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated for Pakistani Orthodox faithful of ROCOR. About 350 orthodox worshipers attended the Divine Liturgy. On Christmas day, during the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in Syria, Pakistan and Middle East and other parts of the world, we also offer prayers for the health 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.
Homily of St. John Chrysostom on the Nativity of Christ:

After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the deep theology of Christ’s incarnation which is interpreted by Blessed John Chrysostom Archbishop of Constantinople and the teacher of church. In his sermon, Fr. Joseph Farooq emphasized that faithful should strengthen their faith as they face trials, tribulation and persecutions.

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Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion:

I am grateful to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, who shared his special Christmas Message and greetings with ROCOR Family in Pakistan.

Special Thanks to Kind Donors:
Distribution of Gifts, Ration and Warm Clothes

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I am thankful to the kind donors who generously contributed with pure heart for the Christmas gifts, ration for poor orthodox families and warm clothes for children. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all my kind donors and may God bless their donations and charity for the poor and needy.
Humble Request:

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has dedicated the Year 2017, that with help of kind donors, 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.

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