St. Matron Sewing Center Festively Opened in Pakistan

The Divine Liturgy and opening ceremony for the St. Matrona Sewing Center in Sargodha, Pakistan were celebrated on October 29, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The St. Matrona Adult Education Center was founded in March 2016 as an outreach of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission to local poor women, reports the Archangel Michael Mission in Pakistan. The day’s celebrations were a moment of joy and success for the women of the St. Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center. During the inauguration ceremony, Fr. Joseph Farooq extended heartfelt … [Read more...]

Dormition in Sargodha, Pakistan

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 Vladyka 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 … [Read more...]

Spiritual Integrity On The Journey To Orthodoxy

by Protodeacon Christopher Birchall    My first visit to an Orthodox church was in June 1968, when Archbishop Nikon brought the miraculous Kursk Icon of the Mother of God to London. I had no idea that this would be a special occasion in the life of the parish; I had found the address in the telephone book and, one Sunday, set off for Emperor’s Gate. Entering the church took a certain amount of resolve. One seemed to approach it in stages: past the polished brass nameplate which proclaimed “Russian Orthodox Church in Exile” and into the porch; then up the steps and onto a landing, from which one could look through a wood and glass … [Read more...]

A First In Oxford Since 1066

Oxford's Keble College played host to a very special ceremony when it welcomed Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, of the Russian Orthodox Church. When His Grace celebrated a Western Orthodox Episcopal Liturgy on Friday, it was the first time the service had been held in the UK since 1066. Before then the church in the UK was Orthodox, but the Norman Conquest saw the Roman church take over. Father Stephen Platt, parish priest at the Russian Orthodox church St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Marston, Oxford, said: “Orthodox services generally have an Eastern origin, while Catholic and Anglican churches have services which originate in Ancient … [Read more...]