Sunday 26.2017 Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent

Teaching on “Great Lent and Holy Traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church” at Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan

On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday March 26, 2017) with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan participated in the Divine Liturgy at Saint Matorna of Moscow Adult Education Center.

This Sunday after the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached to faithful about “The Great Lent and Holy Traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church. of the Russian Orthodox Church” In his sermon Fr. Joseph described the faithful that fasting is very important for orthodox Christians and according to the holy traditions the orthodox faithful observe fast on Wednesday and Friday throughout the year. Further he mentioned that we the orthodox Christians fellow fasting before Christmas, “The fast of the Nativity” and also observe fasting before “The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God”.

Fr. Joseph told the faithful that during the Great and Holy Lent the Church prepares and teaches the Orthodox Faithful for strict fasting, repentance, abstinence and helps the Faithful to focus their life on the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week and spiritual preparation for Bright Pascha!! (This means “Passover” and is commonly called Easter).

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Saint Michael Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan wishes you all a blessed Great Lent Season. Mission needs your generous support to buy a land for the Holy Temple and School for underprivileged and poor Christians Children.

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Sunday February 26, 2017 The Sunday of Forgiveness!

On Sunday February 26, 2017, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the ROCOR faithful attended the Divine Liturgy with passion and great reverence. Father Joseph taught the faithful about importance of “Great Holy Lent and in the Russian Orthodox Church”.

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Sermon on the Sunday of Forgiveness: after the Divine Liturgy Fr.Joseph preached the homily and ask the parishioners; May God forgive us all as we forgive one another and the Sunday of forgiveness helps us to enter in the Great Lent Season with purity of heart and with good faith. He told the faithful that we all sin, and sin completely separates us from God and for our reunion every Orthodox Christian needs repentance and true repentance make us humble bring us closer to God and to our brothers and sisters. Further Fr. Joseph told the faithful that it is important that during the Great Lent Season we must abstain from certain foods and we try to strengthen our spiritual life by reading the life of holy saints, following the sacred traditions of Eastern Orthodox Church and your daily family prayer at your homes. Being an Orthodox Christian it is our first and utmost important duty to deny pride and self-egoism and we must live a very simple and spiritual life as we learn from the teachings of Church Fathers, Pious Monks and Holy Saints.

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Father Joseph preached and told the faithful that the importance of Sacrament of Confession before the Holy Communion and the Sunday of Forgiveness also helps the Orthodox families to learn and make the habit of their life to participate in the Sacrament of Confession and our true devotion for the holy sacraments prepare all of us in our journey towards heaven. To end the preaching Fr. Joseph Farooq reminds the faithful about the prayer of the Publican: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Lk. 18. 13) as we know, this prayer of the Publican leads us to make a part of our daily life the Jesus’ prayer. This prayer enables us to make our strong connection with God as the Publican pray to God and help us to seek repentance and forgiveness of sins. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner,”

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Humble Request for your Kind Donations:

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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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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THE FEAST OF THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE ENTIRE BODILESS POWERS

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on November 20, 2016, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel Angel joyfully began with the procession. It was a large gathering—almost 210 orthodox faithful and twenty Catechumens joyfully participated in the celebration. This day is much blessed and honored by the orthodox faithful in Pakistan because the ROCOR Mission was named, “St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan in 2012.”

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The solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The 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, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Ruling Bishop of Pakistan). Other prayers are offered for peace, solidarity and human harmony in the world.

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On the feast day the faithful were so excited and happy that they reached the place of worship with full devotion and great reverence. The women and children dressed in bright colors and their faces were glowing with happiness and joy.

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I extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad for his blessings, encouragement and pastoral care. We are also thankful to Rev. Adrian Augustus, the first ROCOR missionary to Pakistan—he is the one who planted the seed of the holy Orthodoxy in Pakistan.

I humbly request you to help the mission through your kind donations of prayer and charity. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is moving ahead day by day!!!! GLORY TO GOD! GLORY TO JESUS!

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Visit of Fr. Peter Irfan and Matushka Mary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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16th Sunday after Pentecost Repose of our Holy Father Saint Sergius, abbot, of Radonezh (1392)

Divine Liturgy: With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on October 09, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha
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Sermon: After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph preached about the ascetic life of our venerable Blessed Father Saint Sergius. Father Joseph told the faithful that St. Sergius teaches us hard labour, self-deprivation, humility, simplicity, obedience and patience in all circumstances and when we face hard times hunger, chaos and sufferings in our lives, we all are saved through the powerful intercessions of Saint Sergius.

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Veneration: Help from After the sermon, people were given time to light their candles that they brought along with them in front of the icon of St. Sergius. . They were instructed to ask for the help from St. Sergius, for their problems, any family sickness and for the blessings of their Orthodox faith. This is worth mentioning that Pakistani orthodox faithful have special association and love for Saint Sergius and Saint Sergius had his vision in the dream of a few faithful and some faithful have testimony that they were healed through his powerful prayers.

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Intercession: Saint Sergius of Radonezh prays for everyone! Every day I ask God to hear my supplication so that Orthodox Faith may grow in the hearts of every Christian in Pakistan through the intercession of the blessed father Sergius. May Saint Sergius of Radonezh help us to bring peace, love and human harmony in Pakistan and around the world!! Amen

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Humble Request for support:

With blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, I humbly request you to support the mission’s work in Pakistan. Your generous support will help the mission to promote and teach holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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