“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”!
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 the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God has become very popular tradition of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church in Sargodha. For the last four years we are celebrating this feast with a great procession and large gathering of the faithful and catechumens.
After the Divine Liturgy, we preached to the Orthodox faithful about the feast of the Dormition 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 began with strict fasting and abstinence from meat, dairy products, oil and wine. Further, the following aspects were preached:
- The Theotokos as the Protectress of human race
- The Most Pure Mother of the Lord and Her Son
- The relationship of the Most Holy Theotokos with holy places
- Dormition Fast days and Orthodox spiritually
- The role of Apostles and the Archangel Gabriel
- The plan of the high priest to kill the Mother of God, and how he was put to shame
- The service of Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos in the Orthodox Churches
- The repose of Most Holy Theotokos and her bodily ascension to the heavens
The faithful were taught that the Dormition Fast and the beauty of the sacred traditions provide us with a spiritual opportunity to repent and to be reunited 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 protect us all!
The Most Holy Mother of God prays for us!
The Most Holy Lady Theotokos sends down help and support for all!
It 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 they 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 the true faith given to us through our Lord and God Savior 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!
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