THE FEAST OF THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE BODILESS POWERS

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, on November 21, 2017, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel joyfully began with a moleben of thanksgiving, with festive Divine Liturgy.

On this feast special prayers are 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 are also offered for peace in our families, in our local community, and in the world and in the suffering countries.

After the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Joseph delivered a sermon about the work and sacred responsibilities of the Holy Archangel Michael and the other bodiless Hosts of Heaven. Fr. Joseph told faithful that the Holy Archangel Michael is the head of the entire heavenly host, and explained about the protection of guardian angels for the human race. Fr. Joseph said that Angels were created as messengers of God. The Scriptures reveal that God created nine orders of angels: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Archangels, and Angels. The archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel and Sariel.

Further Father Joseph told to the faithful about the works of Holy Archangel Michael. He said that Saint Michael the Archangel holding a sword in his right hand depicts that he crushed Lucifer, and the palm branch in his left hand signifies that he is the guardian of the Orthodox faith and a fighter against heresy. The Holy Archangel Michael, one of the highest angels, remains faithful to the Creator. Further,

Fr. Joseph told the faithful that we must follow the true traditions of holy Orthodoxy in our daily lives and always remain faithful to the Russian Orthodox Church, because these days holy Orthodoxy is being attacked from all sides by schismatic and heretic forces. We must condemn the forces of the devil, and follow the example of the holy archangel of God Michael and his entire heavenly host, who battle against dark forces.

Protection of Saint Michael the Archangel:

After the sermon the icon of St. Michael the Archangel was placed on the table and time was given to the faithful to light candles and humbly ask the help and protection in silence from St. Michael the Archangel for their families and the Orthodox faith.

Special Thanks to our Great and Loving Vladyka Hilarion:

At the completion of 5 years of the St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan, 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.

Humble request

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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Icon of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, Father Joseph Farooq parish priest of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan, visited the Monastery of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa in the month of April 2017. During my visit he con-celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the wooden church of the monastery built in Vyritsa in 1913 to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.

I venerated the holy tomb and relics of Venerable Seraphim of Vyritsa. Holy Father Seraphim of Vyritsa is known well especially for his gifts of prophecy and miracle-working.

During my stay in the monastery Hieromonk Methodius (Rev.Methody) generously donated the Icon of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa for the Russian Orthodox flock in Pakistan and prayed that may the presence of the Icon of Seraphim of Vyritsa bring more success and prosperity to the Russian Orthodox Mission in Pakistan. Furthermore wished that may this Icon be the source of love and peace for the land of Pakistan.

I am generously thankful to my friend Vladimir an “Orthodox Missioner” and Natalia Rodomanova‎ for their sincere concern and love for making possible for me to visit the Monastery of Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa.

Holy Father Seraphim of Vyritsa pray for us!

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INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE SECOND EDITION OF ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOK:

TRANSLATED ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOK into Urdu Language

by Father Joseph Farooq

On May 21, 2017 “Sunday of the Blind Man” By the Grace of God and with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan reprinted the SECOND EDITION of the Orthodox Prayer Book translated into Urdu Language in 2014.

The prayers are beautiful and firmly translated within the Tradition of Holy Orthodoxy. The Prayer Book is translated by Fr.Joseph Farooq.

This Prayer Book is a special gift for the orthodox faithful in Pakistan to expand their spiritual life. It is worth mentioning that the word “Holy Theotokos” being introduced to the faithful in Pakistan and it is transliterated.

The Jordanville Orthodox Prayer Book uses classical English (Thee, Thou, Shalt, ect). The specification of Prayer Book is as following:

Total Number of Pages 64 – Size: Width 5.5 inches Length 8.5 inches – Hard Cover 350 gram with lamination – Icon of Jesus Christ with Dark Brown background printed in full vibrant colour on the finest paper.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Father Andrew Morgan for his guidance and support and thanks are due to Father Adrian Augustus who suggested I translate this prayer book . I am also thankful to Fr George Maximov of Moscow for designing the Title Page.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KIND DONORS:

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Fund For Assistance to ROCOR, Ryan Platte and Angela Novac Drăghici for their generous support and arranging funds for the reprinting of the Prayer Book.

This Prayer Book includes the following prayers:

Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer
Various Prayers (St. John Chrysostom)
Prayer During the Day
Night Prayer
Prayers before sleep
Prayers at Meal Times
Prayers at the Beginning of Work
Prayers for Travelers
Prayers and Intercessions
Prayers to the Mother of God
Joy of All Who Sorrows
The Song of the Theotokos
Prayer to the Guardian Angel
Prayer to the Optina Elders
Prayer of Parents for their Children
Prayer of Children for their Parents
Prayer for the Sick
Prayer for the Departed
Prayer for the Acceptance of God’s Will
Prayer of St. Ephraim The Syrian
Prayer to St. Herman of Alaska
Prayer to Sts. Cyprian and Justina
Prayer to St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Jesus Prayer

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First Sunday after Pentecost (Eve of Apostles Peter and Paul Fast)

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on June 26, 2016, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan. St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is caring the spiritual need of the people by celebrating regular Divine Liturgy and orthodox community gets strength by receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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Besides this they are taught holy orthodoxy to strengthen their faith so that they become patient, humble, and tolerant and steadfastness. Fr. Joseph Farooq is preaching the Gospel and holy orthodoxy very diligently going from door to door. The poor and sick are looked after, cared and comforted.

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I extend my heartfelt thanks to all our well wishers and kind donors for their passionate love and holy prayers for the promotion of Russian Orthodox Mission in Pakistan!!

We pray to God that He may provide us kind and generous donors to buy a land for the Holy Temple and School for underprivileged and poor Orthodox Christians Children.

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Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday) Acts of Mercy and Good Deeds (Preparation for Great Lent)

To the sheep, He will say “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New Your, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on Sunday March 06, 2016, Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the Pakistani Orthodox Christians.

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On the “Sunday of the Last Judgment” the Holy Church of Christ is revealing the truth of the Gospel to Her faithful and moreover preparing them for the Great Lent. The Parable of the Last Judgment has emotional and spiritual characters, helping the entire Orthodox Christians to do acts of mercy in their earthly life to attain the salvation and the Kingdom of God. Father Joseph Farooq preached the sermon on the last judgment by Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco.

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Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan extends heartfelt thanks to everyone for your prayers and passionate support to spread the Gospel and preach the holy orthodoxy in Pakistan.

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Registration of Orthodox Families in Pakistan

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New Your, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, this year St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has taken a very important step by printing the following office requisites:

  • Baptism and Chrismation Register
  • Marriage Register
  • Birth Certificate and Death Certificate
  • Family Cards

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Father Joseph Farooq along with his pastoral team has started registration of the Christian Orthodox Families. Each family has been issued a family registration card and family registration number is allotted to them. There are 4 columns printed in the family card:

  • Family members name entry:
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Baptism and Chrismation
  • Monthly alms donation (Although our community is very poor yet to promote the sense of offering from their honest wages and make them thankful to God for His Divine blessings upon their families).

The Orthodox Community received the cards very happily and they reflect their strong spiritual unity and association with Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan.

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We completed this registration process in 2 months with total comment and dedication, we kept on going from door collecting family data and record and making their entry in parish registers. In Pakistan the Christian Community is deprived of basic human rights and facilities. Through this registration, orthodox Christians feel the sense of belonging to the Church, sense of protection and security.

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The Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia (ROCOR) is firmly established in Pakistan. Our Orthodox mission in Pakistan is indeed going well under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Most Holy Theotokos.

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30th Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday of the Forefathers

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.On this Sunday the orthodox faithful were asked to observe fast and do charity works.

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