The Triumphal Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week

“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”

This is wonderful feast day make us distinctive from other denominations with the beauty of holy traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church as we follow the historic Julian calendar.

On April 21, 2019, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan started the Holy Week with the solemn celebrations of Palm Sunday.

Procession and Blessing of the Palm Branches: The parishioners gathered around in the circle, where palms were blessed by Fr.Joseph Farooq who led the procession. The Pakistani orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms and the Troparion to the feast of Palm Sunday holding the palm branches and proceeded towards the place of worship where Divine Liturgy was celebrated.

Divine Liturgy: With the blessings of God we had a Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy; it is a true joy for the faithful as they receive the Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ. During the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in suffering land of Pakistan and Middle East and other parts of the world, we also offered prayers for the health and many blessed years 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.

Sermon: Fr. Joseph preached the homily told the faithful that it is the beauty of orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and holy fasting; he further said that Russian Orthodox Church teaches us the practicality of forgiveness, repentance and our day to day spiritual journey with our Savior, the Risen Lord Jesus. In his preaching Father Joseph Farooq also shared about the importance of Lazarus Saturday in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Raising of Lazarus and the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem has strong connection.

Towards the end of the preaching Fr. Joseph humbly directed the faithful: “Prepare yourself and be strong in your faith as the evil forces of the world threatening the peace and bring huge damage to the humans.

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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, 2019 the Russian Orthodox Believers outside Russia in Pakistan celebrated Christmas according to the Orthodox Traditions and Faith. They participated in all religious activities with joy and spiritual passion. The ROCOR believers attended all the religious services on New Year and on Christmas Day. On January 7, 2019 after the Divine Liturgy, ROCOR Believers in Pakistan had festival meal.

Pastoral Visits before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ:

During the Nativity Fast Season I had very busy pastoral schedule and with missionary devotion and spirit I visited ROCOR faithful far and wide, wherever our flock reside, helping them to purify both soul and body to experience the radiant wonder of the Nativity of Christ in Pakistan.

Presence of Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan since 2012:

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia was founded in the year 2012 and mission work is flourishing rapidly by the Divine Mercy of our Heavenly Father and under kind protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. Since 2012 we are working devotedly and preaching the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan though we have meager financial sources. We do not have the land for the worship and we celebrate the Divine Liturgy and other feast days in open place under the tents.

Thanks to Kind Donors:

I most humbly extend my heartfelt thanks to all our kind donors who have generously contributed with pure heart for the Christmas gifts, ration for widows and warm clothes and gifts for the children. May God bless their humble donation and charity for the poor.
Special Prayers and Intercessions during the Festive Divine Liturgy:
On Christmas day during the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in in Pakistan and peace and harmony in the world, we also offer prayers for the health of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, for His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, for the Orthodox clergy and orthodox faithful all over the world. Festive lunch was served among the faithful.

Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion:

I am grateful to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, who shared his special Christmas Message and greetings with ROCOR Community in Pakistan.

Humble Request:

I have dedicated the Year 2019, that God willing we shall be able to buy a 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. May the Most Holy Mother of God pray for us, only through Her intercessions we all are saved!!
For queries about the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, kindly contact:fr.joseph.rocpk@gmail.com

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Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra

The Wonderworker Known for his abundant mercy and generosity for the poor!

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra joyfully began with a Moleben of thanksgiving, with festive Divine Liturgy on Sunday December 16, 2018.

On this day Fr. Joseph preached about the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra the wonderwork he told the faithful that Saint Nicholas was very humble and generous, known for his abundant mercy to all, his beneficence toward the poor, and his advocacy for those unjustly accused and imprisoned. As a pious hierarch, Saint Nicholas was always concerned for the welfare and the spiritual well-being of his flock. He was known for His Deeds of kindness as well as for working miracles on Behalf of those in needs. Saint Nicholas Continues to intercede with Christ, our Merciful Lord, for the Salvation of those who seek his prayers and powerful intercession. He is known as the Patron of Sailors and of Children, and also of the Russian land. We venerate his memory, hoping to follow his good example, and asking him to pray for the salvation of our souls.

Father Joseph also shared with the faithful that Saint Nicholas of Myra help us during the blessed season of the Nativity Fast to intensify our spiritual lives in order to prepare our souls and bodies for the Feast day “Christmas!
Faithful Venerate the Icon Saint Nicholas of Myra and ask help from the Holy Saint for their families and Christmas Needs:

After the sermon, people were given time to light the candles in front of the icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker. The faithful were asked to pray from Saint Nicholas in these blessed days of Nativity Fast. Each family was given an icon of Saint Nicholas as a blessing to keep at their homes.

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. Every year the ROCOR Mission in Pakistan distributed rations and warms clothes among widows and the needy orthodox families and small gifts to orthodox children to share happiness, joy and blessings of Christmas. This year again with the blessings of God I wish to repeat this event again. Following the teaching of Saint Nicholas of Myra that is abundant mercy and generosity for the poor, please support the mission and share your Christmas joys and happiness with your orthodox brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

Congratulations! “The feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker!

Saint Nicholas of Myra pray for us~ Amen~

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The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of Jesus

Holy Cross Procession in Pakistan

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha (John 19:17)

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, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan participated in the Divine Liturgy and venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The solemn celebration opened with the procession of the Holy Cross followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. The special prayers were offered for the health and blessed good years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia Shepherd of the Russian Orthodox Church and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.

We also offered prayed for the peace and harmony for the canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine and for the health and protection of His Eminence Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev. We humbly said prayers for the orthodox clergy and faithful, peace, unity, brotherhood and solidarity throughout the world.

Fr. Joseph in his homely shared about the Historical and Theological background of the commemoration of the “The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of our Lord and Saviour and Veneration of the Holy Cross in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Further he told the faithful that the Orthodox Christians all over the world venerate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with true passion for their salvation and to defeat the evil forces of the world.

In preaching Father Joseph told the faithful that in Pakistan and all over the world Orthodox Christians are proud of their faith and the Holy Cross of Jesus is strengthening their faith and give them courage to face the challenges of life with vim and vigor in all the circumstances. Further, he emphasized that in our sufferings and persecutions Saint Paul helps us to understand the love of God which is manifested through the Holy Cross of Jesus.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Homily by St. John Chrysostom, Concerning the Cross and the Thief:
“We are able to see Christ’s inexpressible love for man not only from the cross itself but also from the words which He spoke whilst upon the cross. At the very time when He was nailed and they were mocking Him, deriding Him and spitting upon Him, He said: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34)

“O most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, help us with our Holy Lady, the Virgin Theotokos, and with all the Saints throughout the ages” Amen!

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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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Saint Matrona Adult Education Sewing Center for women in 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. Father Joseph Farooq the administrator of Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is administrating an adult education and sewing center for the uplift of poor women in Pakistan and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and with the generous support of our kind donors,

Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center for women in Pakistan helping the women group in the following fields:

Teaching them to read and write (A Basic Adult Education)
Teaching the Catechism of Eastern Orthodox Church and orthodox prayers
Health and Hygiene and food Preserving
Training of knitting, Cutting and Stitching

Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center for Poor Women in Pakistan believes that:

“A sewing machine helps the poor women to learn the skills of stitching and to earn butter and bread for their children with honor and respect”.

The women in Pakistan from their birth face injustice, discrimination, poor education and poor nutrition. The poor women in Pakistan face worst situation and many problems and Father Joseph Farooq has started this noble work 3 years ago and he is very hopeful about the progress and development of women group. He is passionate and happy that our Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan is growing day by day and ROCOR Community is being transformed by the power of the Holy Gospel and teachings of the Mother Church.

Our small effort can bring smile on their faces. Father Joseph Farooq regularly visits the Saint Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center and taught catechism to the women group. I humbly request you to support our project! a better way after getting basic education and skills of stitching. Your support will shape their better future

Humble Request:

Mission needs 2 Sewing Machines, 4 tables, 15 chairs and one cupboard and iron box. I humbly request you to send your kind donation for the uplift of vulnerable women.

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Holy Pascha 2018: Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan

THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

Christ is Risen!

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” (1 Cor.15:14)

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 April 08, 2018 the “Joyous Feast of Holy Pascha” celebrated in Pakistan. The Lenten Season helps the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan to experience the fasting practice and abstinence of meat and dairy products. With full devotion and patience the faithful participated in all the Holy Week Services, starting from Palm Sunday; it is the most joyous feasts of the year, as we commemorate the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem.

Metropolitan Hilarion’s Paschal Epistle:

Father Joseph representative of ROCOR Mission in Pakistan read the Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion. In his Paschal Epistle; His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the ROCOR Family around the world. This Paschal Epistle is a spiritual support for the Orthodox clergy and faithful as Vladyka wrote in his message: “Christ is Risen! these were the first words with which the Most-Blessed Mother of God, the Apostles, the Women Myrrh-Bearers and other followers of Christ greeted each other, when, after the severe torments, crucifixion, death and the burial of the Saviour, they first learned of His Resurrection”. Some brought forth this joy, saying “Christ is Risen,” and others responded: “The Lord is risen indeed” (Luke 24:34).

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion encourages the believers on the great feast of the splendid Resurrection of Christ by saying: “And so, remembering the call of the Resurrected Savior, let us all rejoice, let no one remain in sorrow, for “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Amen.

The Paschal Epistle of our Dear Loving Vladyka Hilarion strengthened the Orthodox Christians in Pakistan as they are victim of social injustice and poverty and deprived of basic human rights. His message is strengthening our faith, fills us with hope to move ahead to make Pakistan a peaceful and just society through our struggle and constant prayers.

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, I earnestly pray to God that He may provide us the kind and generous donors to buy a land and build the first Holy Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan and school for Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Christian Children.

For queries about the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, kindly contact:fr.joseph.rocpk@gmail.com

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BEGINNING OF THE GREAT LENT IN PAKISTAN

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Blessed Lenten Journey Started by Orthodox Christians in Pakistan. The ROCOR community in Pakistan entered the Great Lent Season with full devotion and passion.
On Monday 19, 2018 the parishioners and choir of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan sung the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete by following the sacred traditions of Russian Orthodox Church.

The Great Lent is the most important fasting season in the Eastern Orthodox Christianity which prepares Orthodox Christians for the Glorious and Bright and Joyous Feast of the Resurrection of Lord and Saviour. Clean Monday is the first full day of fasting and Great Lent is the most important fasting season in the church year in Orthodox Christianity. Right after the Forgiveness Sunday, it is the beauty of the Eastern Orthodox Church to start a Lenten Journey. The forgiveness Sunday symbolizes to leave behind sins and asking for forgiveness of sins, any transgression of word, thought or pride.

During the Holy Season of Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. The Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR) is firmly established in Pakistan and humbly needs your generous support. May our Lord Jesus Christ cleanse our hearts and strengthen us spiritually during the blessed and holy lent.

Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan wishes all of you a blessed Great Lent Season. May God give you strength and fortress during the Lent so that we all are prepared for Bright and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior!

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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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