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September 2018

Divine Liturgy Feasts of Theotokos

Community of Russian Orthodox Church in Islamabad celebrated The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

September 21, 2018

Friday September 21, 2018 / September 8, 2018

17th Week after Pentecost. The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary was celebrated by the Community of Russian Orthodox Church in Islamabad. Fr. Paul told that the parents of the Ever-Virgin sorrowed long over their barrenness; they prayed long and fervently to the Lord that He loose this barrenness, which was considered a punishment from God for sins. They gave much alms in order to incline the mercy of the All-Merciful, endured the reproach of their countrymen, and through this sorrow and ceaseless prayer and good works, they gradually purified their spirits, and burned ever greater with love and dedication to God, thus being prepared by God’s Providence to give blessed birth to the Most Blessed Daughter, chosen out of all people to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.

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Eight Families embraced Orthodox Faith in Islamabad

September 20, 2018

Peace, Prosperity and Long Life to the Newly-Chrismated families from Iqbal Town, Islamabad! May God Grant them every good thing as befitting for salvation! God grant them many years!!!

Please remember Mark, Marina, Inna, Emelia, Anysia, Peter, Simon, Macarius, Moses, Demetrius, Nicholas, John, Martha, Martin, Ksenia, Sofia, Barnabas, Andrew and David in your prayers.

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The Beginning of the Church’s Year

September 14, 2018

Friday September 14, 2018 / September 1, 2018

On this day, when the Jews celebrated the new summer, the Savior, came to Nazareth where He was brought up and entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day as was His custom, and read these words of the Prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed Me … to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4, 18:19). On the first of September 312, the Emperor Constantine the Great won a victory over Maxentius. After this Christians were granted complete freedom to confess their faith. In commemoration of these two events, the fathers of the First Ecumenical Council decided to begin the New Year on the first of September (See January 1, March 1 and the Paschalia). In its hymns for this day the Holy Church prays “Creator and Fashioner of all things visible and invisible” “bless the crown of the year”, “grant fruitful seasons and rains from heaven for those on earth”, “bless our comings and goings, direct the works of our hands and grant us forgiveness of offences”, “grant peace to Thy churches”, “overthrow heresies”, “protect our cities unbesieged, make glad our faithful Sovereigns by Thy power, giving them victories against enemies”.