Inauguration Ceremony of Saint Matrona Sewing Center Sargodha Pakistan

A Project of Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Saint Matrona Adult Education Center was started in March 2016. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is operating and administrating an adult education center for the uplift of poor women in Pakistan and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion,

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated on October 29, 2017, at Saint Matrona Adult Education Center for women in Pakistan.

The bright and shining morning of Sunday 29th October 2017 brought joy and success to the women group of Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center in Pakistan. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, after the Divine Liturgy inauguration ceremony took place. During the inauguration ceremony special prayers were offered for the kind donors and Father Joseph extended the heartfelt thanks to generous donors for their kind charity and compassionate cooperation.

Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan leaves no stone unturned in the welfare of children and women in the society in its limited capacity and resources. The objective of the center is to provide help to Christian women by enabling them to learn the Sewing Skills to become independent by earning their livelihood.

Father Joseph with the blessings and under the kind protection of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion is doing a hard labor to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has been encouraging young women, to read and write themselves and provide them awareness of Orthodox Christian family values and Orthodox Traditions.

Last year some 15 school dropout young girls and a few mothers have got admission at Saint Matrona Adult Education Center. Nasreen Fevronia wife of Arif John, mother of five, is the eldest student at the Adult Education and sewing center.
The Christian poor families and children are being affected due to the extreme poverty and less income generating opportunities. In these circumstances ROCOR Mission in Pakistan takes courageous steps to help the Christian Orthodox families and especially women group to learn skills of various natures such as sewing, and helping them to utilize their skills to earn income with respect and dignity

Goals and Objectives of Saint Matrona of Moscow Adult Education Center:
(Basic literacy skills are important for life)

1- To enable them to read and write themselves.
2- To provide them awareness of Orthodox Christian family values and Orthodox Traditions.
3- To impart the knowledge of Eastern Orthodox Catechism and they will be able to learn Orthodox Prayers, so that they may strengthen and steadfast to their faith in the Islamic State of Pakistan.
4- To enable them to have the ability to change an individual’s life and to solve real-life problems through teamwork within the context of an active learning environment.
5- After the completion basic literacy course, further skills such as sewing, embroidery and handcrafts is being taught to them so that they may earn their livelihood.
6- To build confidence, trust and determination so that they may deal the difficulties and hardships in their day to day life.

Arrangement of Sewing Machines and Sewing Kits:

The ROCOR Mission in Pakistan has arranged Sewing Machines, Irons, Scissors and Sewing Kits and other materials for their training. In this project 20 poor women and young girls will get 1 year training and this training include Drafting, Cutting, Sewing, Tailoring, Stitching and Embroidery. After the completion of 1 year training course, the successful and regular women will receive Sewing Machine so they may sew clothes to earn for themselves and for their families.

Background and Vision for the Uplift of women:

The adult Christian girls and women in Pakistan have been denied privilege of human right and basic right to education. They are denied not only the right to education, but also the right to decide matters relating to their marriages and divorce. In general women in Pakistan are facing discrimination and inequality at every step of their lives, from birth to death. The birth of female baby is not considered as a blessing in a family but they take care of baby girl just as their social responsibility but with burden.

Often abuses are compounded: poor girls and women are trafficked and subject to forced marriage. The Christian girls are the easy prey of forced marriage and in most of cases the Christian girls are forced to embrace Islam even a married Christian women are victim of Islamic Marriage Act. In our judiciary system consider the witness of two women equal to one man.

Vision of Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan:

ROCOR Mission in Pakistan strongly believes that prayer and faith have been two main factors in the development and progress of any work and this faith lead us to share the love of Jesus and the treasures of holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Our loving and kind Vladyka Hilarion teaches us to be humble and tolerant in all circumstances and he teaches us to love everyone so we are sharing this love with compassionate heart with all the people in Pakistan without any discrimination. Surely this love and compassion would help the women group to come out of poverty and give them hope for the future.

Saint Matrona of Moscow a source of spiritual encouragement:

As Saint Matrona of Moscow comforted and spiritually strengthened the Russian faithful during the Communist Regime. I believe that she will become a source of spiritual encouragement for suffering Christians in Pakistan. I pray to the Heavenly Father that may Saint Matrona of Moscow Center become a source of solidarity, peace, love and harmony in Pakistan.

Humble Request for Donations:

Your generosity makes it possible for Fr. Joseph to preach the holy orthodoxy in the most difficult region of the South East Asia. He reaches out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.

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DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Report prepared by: Matushka Sophia Lubna Joseph

This Feast has become a very popular tradition in the parish of St. Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, Pakistan for last 3 years!

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August 27, 2017, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. On this feast with the blessings of Vadyka Hilarion ruling bishop of Pakistan, Father Joseph and parishioners of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, cordially invited Father Paul, Graduate from Tomsk Theological Seminary, and a priest of Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with Father Joseph.

It is really a blessing and spiritual encouragement for our parishioners as Father Paul chanted the “The Litany of Fervent Supplication” The First Litany of the Faithful and few Exclamations in the Church Slavonic language.

The Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God has become very popular tradition of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha for last 3 years we are celebrating this feast with big procession and large gathering of faithful and catechumens. This time with Divine blessings and protection of our Heavenly Father, 350 faithful participated to witness the great feast day and it really add joy and blessing to our people and they will have a good chance to share joy and peace with each other. Glory to Jesus, a large number of faithful attended the Divine Liturgy with fasting and got chance for holy confession and took the Holy Communion.

After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the orthodox faithful about Dormition Fasting and comprehensively about the Earthly Life of the Most Holy Theotokos.

At the people were given time and they were instructed to ask for the help from the Most Holy Mother of God for their problems, any family sickness and sufferings because we all are saved through the powerful intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God!! With honour and true devotion faithful kiss the Ikon of the Mother of God!

Humble Request to the generous donors: 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.

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Divine Liturgy at Saint Matrona Adult Education Center for Women Pakistan

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on July 30, 2017, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at Adult Education Center for women in Pakistan. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is operating and administrating an adult education center for the uplift of poor women in Pakistan and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Saint Matrona Adult Education Center was started in March 2016. Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is thankful to our kind donor Angela Draghici and Elena Maler for their passionate and generous help for Saint Matrona Adult Education Center for Women in Pakistan.

Joy of Sweet Mangos in Pakistan:

The women group of Saint Matrona Adult Education Center collected some money to share the joy of sweet mangos among themselves. The women group was very happy to participate in this activity and they share their joy and happiness and in this center quite often they got good moments to smile despite of their hardship and poverty. The presence of Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan since 2012 with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Fr.Joseph is preaching the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

Mango is called “The King of Fruit,” and Pakistani mangos are very sweet and famous all over the world. Pakistan is the sixth largest mango producing country in the world after India, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico, producing 1.9 million tons annually.

Humble Request to the generous donors: 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.

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St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Father Joseph administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan and parish priest of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Orthodox Christian Families on the feast of St. John of Shanghai.

After the Divine Liturgy Father Joseph preached about the life and wonder works of St. John of Shanghai and Father Joseph told the faithful that Saint John’s holy and perfect ascetic practice was true source of inspiration for the faithful to live a spiritual and holy life. With true fatherly love he inspired them with the love of Christianity and of Holy Russia.

The Russian Orthodox Faithful in Pakistan with every passing day are becoming well acquainted about life and wonderworks of holy Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church and of Russian Land. It is worth mentioning that Russian Orthodox Church history, spirituality; sacred traditions are lightening the paths of Orthodox Christians in Pakistan with marvelous and bright light of the Risen Lord!
Happy Holiday!

Humble request:
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, dedicated the year 2015, that God willing 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. I earnestly pray to God that He may provide us the kind and generous donors for the completion of this sacred project.

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Visit to Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Sparrow Hills Moscow

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Father Joseph Farooq visited the Russian land the Mother Church Headed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia! Sunday bright primate was held our long-awaited meeting with Father Joseph Farooq – the only orthodox priest Russian Church (ROCOR) serving in Pakistan visited Russia!

We met with Father Joseph in Holy Trinity Temple in the sparrow hills, by the heartiest invitation of the Abbot of the temple of Archpriest Andrei Nastassia. Father Joseph Farooq concelebrated the Divine Liturgy and chanted the prayers in Pakistani language “Urdu”; and after the Divine Liturgy, during the Sunday tea, he addressed the parishioners about the situation of Christians in Pakistan in general and his main part of discussion was about the orthodox parish of holy venerable Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Saint Matrons of Moscow Adult Education Center of Women in Pakistan and Sunday School of Children and preaching and teaching holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

Father Joseph Farooq addressed the parishioners that with the blessings of Metropolitan Hilarion hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and ruling Bishop of Pakistan, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission was established in 2011 in Pakistan and registered in 2014 under Societies Registration Act 1860, to work for religious, spiritual and social development of Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. The Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and ROCOR Mission in Pakistan have spiritual and canonical union with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Father Joseph Farooq told the parishioners that Christians make up one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities in Pakistan, along with Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated at 2.5 million in 2005, or 1.6% of the population.

The participants heard the talk of Father Joseph Farooq very attentively and showed their keen interest towards the presence of holy orthodoxy in Pakistan. Father Joseph Farooq further added that with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan is sharing the universal message of love, peace and human unity with all people around us. The presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan also focus on the teaching of the Church Fathers, Russian Orthodox Saints, so messengers of Gospel, Peace, Tolerance, Perfect Harmony, Humility, Piety, Simplicity and Holiness!!

At the end of his talk and question answering session, Father Joseph generously extended his heartfelt thanks to the Abbot of the temple Archpriest Andre,i Nastassia, an Orthodox Missioner Elena Maler and all the parishioners of Holy Trinity Temple Sparrow Hills for their kind and passionate love and hospitality and support.

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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).

Humble Request for your kind donations:

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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