Fifth Annual Feast of “The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos in Pakistan”

“Let us celebrate with joy and feel blessed as we all are saved by the intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary”!

by Father Joseph (ROCOR Priest in Pakistan)

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on August, 28, 2018, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary was celebrated in Pakistan. With full devotion and faithfulness, the congregation of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha participated in the joyful celebration of the feast day. The feast of Dormition joyfully began with a moleben of thanksgiving, with big procession followed by festive Divine Liturgy.

On this feast, special prayers were offered for the health and many blessed years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia Shepherd of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, and First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Special prayers were also offered for peace in our families, in our local community, and in the world and in the suffering countries.

The Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God has become very popular tradition of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha. For the last 4 years we are celebrating this feast with big procession and large gathering of faithful and catechumens.

After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the orthodox faithful about the Dormition feast celebrated according to the holy traditions of the Mother Church (Russia). The faithful were taught that the commemoration of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos started with strict fasting and abstinence of meat, dairy products, oil and wine and further the following aspects were preached:

 The Protectress of human race
 The union of the Most Pure Mother of the Lord with Her Son
 The relations of the Most Holy Theotokos with Holy places
 Dormition Fasting days and orthodox spiritually
 Role of Apostles and the Archangel Gabriel
 The plan of High priest to kill the Mother of God
 The service of Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos in the Orthodox Churches
 The repose of Most Holy Theotokos and bodily assumption of the Theotokos

The faithful were taught that the Dormition Fasting and the beauty sacred of the sacred traditions provide us a spiritual opportunity to repent and to have reunion with our Heavenly Father as our sins separated us from God. Besides this, they asked to honour the Most Holy Mother of God and seek help from the Queen of Heaven who saves us all through Her powerful intercessions.

 May the Most Holy Mother of God protects us all!
 Most Holy Mother of God prays for us!
 Most Holy Lady Theotokos sends down help and support for all!

This is worth mentioning that the Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan joyfully participate in all the major feasts of the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. With devotion, patience and humility offer prayers and hymns to the Virgin Mary.

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin teaches us to experience the Paschal Mystery and to live a true faith reached to us through our Lord and God Saviour of the world and through His Holy Apostles.

We are thankful to God for His Divine Love and Blessings and our life is happier on the feast day, we acknowledge the great gifts of holy orthodoxy!

I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations and charity. ROCOR Church in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day! Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan needs your generous support for the construction of first Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan as we are celebrating Divine Liturgy in tents, faithful homes and in open area.

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