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Christ Is Risen!

Indeed He Is Risen!

          
 
 

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THE PASCHAL GREETING IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES

 

English
Christ is Risen!
Truly He is Risen!

Arabic
A1-Maseeh Qam!
Haqqan Qam!

Greek
Christos Anesti!
Alithos Anesti!

Slavonic
 Christos Voskrese!
Voistinu Voskrese!

Latin
Christus Resurrexit!
Veritas Resurrexit!

Albanian
Krishti U ngjall!
Vërtete u ngjall!

Amharic
Kristos Tenestwal!
Bergit Tenestwal!

Estonian
Kristus on oolestoosunt!
Toayestee on oolestoosunt!

Finnish
Kristus nousi kuolleista!
Totisesti nousi!

French
Le Christ est Resucitée!
V
raiment est Resucitée!

German
 
Kristusis Auferstandent!
Sicherlich ist Auferstandent!

Hawaiian
Ua ala hou ‘o Kristo!
Ua ala ‘i ‘o no ‘oia!

Hungarian
Krisztus Foltámanot!
Valoban Foltámanot!

Italian
Cristo é Risorto!
Verito é Risorto!

Irish Gaelic
Kriost Eirgim!
Eirgim!

Japanese
Han su to su fu kát su!
JIt sO ni hi kát su!

Navaho
Christ Nadeetsa!
Ao Nadeesta!

Polish
Khrtstoos Zmardfrhstal!
Zaprávde Zmartffrkhstal!

Romanian
Hristus A Inviat!
Adevârat A Inviat!

Spanish
Christo ha Resucitado!
En verdad ha Resucitado!

Swedish
Christus är Uppstanden!
Han at verkligen Uppstanden!

Tigrigna
Kristos Tensiah!
Be-a-man Ten-si-a’!

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 Here are some more - Have you found yours?

Christ is risen - Indeed He is Risen!
Albanian: Krishti Ungjall! Vertete Ungjall!
Arabic: Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam!
Armenian: Christos harjav i merelotz! Orhniale harutjun Christosi!
Byelorussian: Khristos Uvoskros! Zaprowdu Uvoskros!
Chinese: Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole!
Coptic: Pikhirstof aftonf! Khen o methni aftonf!
Czech: Kristus vstal zmrtvy'ch! Skutec ne vstal!
Danish: Kristus er opstanden! Ja, sandelig opstanden!
Dutch: Christus is opgestaan! Hij is waarlijk opgestaan!
English: Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Gaelic: Erid Krist! G'deya! n erid she!
Georgian: Kriste aghsdga! Cheshmaritad aghsdga!
Greek: Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Hebrew: Ha Mashiyach qam! Ken hoo qam!
Italian: Cristo č risorto! Č veramente risorto!
Japanese: Harisutosu Fukkatsu! Jitsu Ni Fukkatsu!
Latin: Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit!
Norwegian: Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig opstanden!
Polish: Khristus Zmartvikstau! Zaiste Zmartvikstau!
Portugese: Christo Ressuscitou! Em Verdade Ressuscitou!
Rumanian: Hristos a Inviat! Adeverat a Inviat!
Russian: Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres!
Serbian: Hristos Vaskrese! Vaistinu Vaskrese!
Slavonic: Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Slovak: Kristus vstal zmr'tvych! Skutoc ne vstal!
Spanish: Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente ha resucitado!
Syriac: Meshiha qam! Bashrira qam!
Ukranian: Kristos Voskres! Voistinu voskres!
Welsh: Atgyfododd Crist! Atgyfododd in wir!

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Welcome to Our Website!

 

 

 

All Saints Orthodox Church

 A Mission Parish of ROCOR 

 
Office/Contact: 
V. Rev. Gregory Joyce (Rector and Spiritual Advisor)
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar (Administrator and Starosta)
Mailing Address - 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI  48173 
Direct Line - 734/934-6337 - Fax Line - 734/671-8337 
 
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This is YOUR Special Invitation!

Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Welcome to our All Saints Orthodox Mission Church Parish!

We are just south of Detroit (and north of Toledo) in the community we affectionately call the Dearborn/Downriver area, and welcome everyone from Southeast Michigan & Northwest Ohio.

Exciting times are coming our Way! 

We have been praying at a beautiful facility,
just a couple of miles off the Gibraltar Road exit of I-75, which puts us in a really central location - 15 minutes from Detroit or Toledo!  We still do Reader's Services on Sundays, and scheduling a Divine Liturgy at least once a month, celebrating ALL Holy Days and our Bishop PETER is helping us actively seek a Shepherd.

As we continue through our journey through Great Lent in preparation of the Biggest Holy Day in Christianity - Our Holy Pascha, it is an excellent time to come check us out!  We have a nice small community who still feels that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and wants to spread the love and compassion of God's Will through prayer and celebration.  In fact, it's in our Mission Statement!

Our criteria isn't based on where you live or whether you are Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian - We want everyone to come and celebrate the True Word of our Holy Orthodoxy.  Although many of may have never heard of us (especially without an ethnicity attached), we have been around since Jesus Christ Himself, and can show our ties without Ancestry.com (although that would be interesting to see).

(A brief history lesson:  We actually know that the Christian Church had 5 Patriarchates, one of which was in Rome.  The schism that happened by 1054 was a gradually splitting apart that ended with Rome breaking away from the others. (in an edict delivered to the patriarch in Constantinople). We are historically the true and original (orthodox) Christian church.)

Please come and check us out.  We really have something special and are very excited to talk about it:  In English, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian!

 
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Yes, We're an Orthodox Christian Mission Parish and Could Really Use Your Help

We Appreciate Anything You Could Afford - Thank You so much for Your Generosity

Anything would Help.

Simply Use This New Tab Below.

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Important Dates / Upcoming Events

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Contact Office for Service Information
(Please visit our website often.  We are working on our long term schedule now.)

If you need to see a priest, or know someone who may enjoy a home visit,
please let us know. 
We also have some times available to continue Home (and Grave) Blessings.

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Announcements

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Time to Bless Your Home

Theophany Season in Here!
(January 19, 2016)

This Is the Blessing of the Waters!
This is the Time for Home Blessing!

Don't Delay - Get on the Schedule.
Date
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Gravesites coming after Holy Pascha!!!!

C
all Now!

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We made the Newspaper - Awesome Article!

In Celebration of our surge for Growth, The News Herald (our award winning publication for the entire Downriver Area) wrote a wonderful article about us authored by an amazing Shannon Rossi. 

Please share it with all of your friends.  To the Awesome Article. Click the link:

 
 
 Shannon Rossi is a free lance writer for the newspaper and really took the time to talk to Fr Gregory and me, and I think she did a really nice job.  Please read it and share your thoughts, too.
 
Please watch for us in future articles and in their Under the Spires category.  We will participate with them whenever we can.  This is such an exciting, yet important time in the life of this new mission.  Please Pray for us, too.
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LIKE US - On our New Facebook Page

 

Thanks to Tiffany Morton-Slis, We have our own new Facebook Page.

All Saints Orthodox Mission

Please stop by: Check Us Out
LIKE US
Tell Your Friends

Here is the link:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Saints-Orthodox-Mission/1613293628924577

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Holy Sepelchre Church in Jerusalem

Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle

We are honored and privileged to be able to offer Orthodox Christians the opportunity to pray before the actual flame brought to us from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre in Jerusalem.  This special flame was brought to Canada by Greek Orthodox clergy and given to Sonia Boyar many years ago by Fr. Constantine Katsilas; and she has been generous to share it many Faithful Family and Friends in the Detroit Area, including our mission parish.

Please feel free to come by anytime and pray or light a candle at our church or take one home.                                                                                                                                   

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Here is a little history:

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.

Authenticity
Although it is not certain, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre could be located over the actual tomb of Christ. The most important supporting evidence is as follows: Based on the above factors, the Oxford Archaeological Guide to the Holy Land concludes:  The Israeli scholar Dan Bahat, former City Archaeologist of Jerusalem, has said this of the church:

History of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The early Christian community of Jerusalem appears to have held liturgical celebrations at Christ's tomb from the time of the resurrection until the city was taken by the Romans in 66 AD. Less than a century later, in 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian filled in the quarry to provide a level foundation for a temple to Aphrodite.

The site remained buried beneath the pagan temple until Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in 312 AD. He soon showed an interest in the holy places associated with his new faith, and commissioned numerous churches to be built throughout the Holy Land. The most important of these, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was begun in 326 AD.

Constantine's builders dug away the hillside to leave the rock-hewn tomb of Christ isolated and with enough room to built a church around it. They also cleared away Hadrian's temple and the material with which an old quarry had been filled to provide the temple's foundations. In the process, according to contemporary Christian historians, the Rock of Golgotha was found. The Church was formally dedicated in 335 with an oration by Constantine's biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea.

In the course of the excavations, Constantine's mother St. Helena is said to have discovered the True Cross near the tomb. This is a relatively early legend, but was unknown by Eusebius, the historian and contemporary of Constantine. The legend says St. Helena actually discovered three crosses - those of the two thieves and that of Christ. To discern the one belonging to Christ, a sick man was brought to touch to each one, and he was miraculously healed by one of them.

The Constantinian church was much larger than the one that stands today, but had a simpler layout. It consisted of an atrium (which reused part of Hadrian's temenos wall), a covered basilica, an open courtyard with the stone of Golgotha in the southeast corner, and the tomb of Christ, enshrined in a small, circular edifice. The tomb of Christ was not completed until 384 AD, well after the dedication of the church, because of the immense labor involved in cutting away the rock cliff in order to isolate the tomb.

This building was severely damaged by fire in 614 AD when the Persians invaded Jerusalem. They also captured the True Cross, but in 630, Emperor Heraclius marched triumphantly into Jerusalem and restored the True Cross to the rebuilt Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church was reconstructed under the patriarch Modestus with no major changes to the original plan.

In 638, the Christians were forced to surrender Jerusalem to Muslim control under caliph Omar. In a remarkable gesture for the time, Omar refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, saying, "If I had prayed in the church it would have been lost to you, for the Believers [Muslims] would have taken it saying: Omar prayed here." This act of generosity would have unfortunate consequences, however.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre continued to function as a Christian church under the protection of Omar and the early Muslim rulers, but this changed on October 18, 1009, when the "mad" Fatimid caliph Hakim brutally and systematically destroyed the great church.

The three primary custodians of the church, first appointed when Crusaders held Jerusalem, are the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. An agreement regulates times and places of worship for each Church.

 

Click on the link below to get the entire article.
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre#1


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St. John Kochurov Society

St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov

The Michigan Deanery St. John Kochurov Society met on November 13 at St. Vladimir with a small reception (Lenten hors d'oeuvres).  It was well attended and Fr. Gregory and Karl Meyer spent some quality time presenting and answering questions.  For a nominal commitment, they pointed out just how important this program was to our entire diocese by how they have already helped in the past and some of the target areas we are working for in the near and far future.  Karl has also agreed to visit the other parishes in our deanery (including us), and present it again.  All Saints has made a commitment to this important project.

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St. John was the first priestly martyr of the Russian Revolution, but before that he had served for 10+ years in our diocese. And thus Bishop Peter blessed for St. John to be the patron of our diocesan fund for those in need of assistance. This fund focuses especially on Monasteries, Missions (and Mission Clergy), and Youth.

You can learn more about the St. John Kochurov Society (below) and how we can support this important ministry! 
To learn more about St. John please visit the links below.

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/10/31/103122-priestmartyr-john-kochurov

Russian:
http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life363.htm

Join the St. John Kochurov Society!

The St. John Kochurov Society supports:
Youth Ministry
Mission Parishes
Monastic Institutions

We are the youngest diocese in North America and we still have a lot of work to do in these areas! Your gift – large or small – to the St. John Kochurov Society will help – A LOT!  Our Michigan Deanery has traditionally had the most members in the St. John society and we would like to see that continue.

How can you help? See the links below and take action today!
St. John Kochurov Society Web Site:
http://www.sjksdcma.org/

Annual Mailing (sent 11/13/15):
http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/annualappeal2015.pdf

Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce

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SubDeacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund

On Wednesday, February 19, 2013 evening, one of our founders, SubDeacon Peter Boyar suffered a massive stroke, had since gone through several major surgeries at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and remained in the Critical Care unit of the ICU until he reposed on April 2, 2014, calmly and quietly while his family was present.    

As Sub Deacon Peter was an advocate and inspiration to all Orthodox Christians with his hard work and dedication to our Faith, and in his vision for the future of Orthodoxy for his family and friends, and as an original Founding Member of the All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish, our family would like to ask that in lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, that you would instead contribute to the newly formed Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund to help fulfill his shared dream dedicated to the Glory of God and to the future of our Holy Orthodox life.

May his Memory be Eternal!

 

Please mail to All Saints Orthodox Church 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI 48173.
Include your Contact Information for proper acknowledgement and Tax Deductible information. 

Thank you

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News/Features

Please refer to this area for everything going on in our Mission Parish
so far in 2015

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Kursk Root Icon Comes to All Saints

Kursk Root Icon 
 

With the blessing of Bishop Peter, the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God came to visit our All Saints Mission Parish on the Holy Day of the Annunciation - Thursday, April 7, 2016, where we were able to share it with several of our Orthodox neighbors and guests by celebrating with an Akathyst, followed by a small reception. 
 
This was a very significant event and extreme honor in the life of our small mission parish. Not many Orthodox communities have an opportunity to host the Kursk Root Icon, and  many people came to venerate the Icon and brought their cares, troubles, and even thanks to the Mother of God. We know from the Church’s tradition that she is the greatest intercessor before her Son on our behalf and thus there is great veneration for her among the Christian people.
 
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The Kursk Root Icon (also Our Lady of Kursk) (Russian: Богоматерь Курская Коренная, Bogomater Kurskaya
Korennaya, literally Theotokos of Kursk, Found Among the Roots) is an icon of Theotokos of the Sign, apparently painted in the thirteenth century and discovered in a forest near Kursk ca.1300.

The icon was preserved in the Black Hermitage of the Roots
(Chornaya Korennaya Pustyn), an abbey founded on the spot of its discovery. It was regularly brought from the abbey to Kurskin a great procession involving thousands of peasants and pilgrims. This ceremony is depicted in the famous painting by Ilya Repin; see Religious Procession in Kursk Province.

The icon actually incorporates as many as twelve figures on it:
Theotokos, Infant Christ, God the Father above them (with the Holy Spirit as a dove) and nine Old Testament prophets. The image of Theotokos belongs to the Panagia type. It was regarded as a palladion of the Russian Imperial Army. After the Russian Revolution, the icon was brought by the White Army outside of Russia, where it is now held in New-York by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
The monastery near Kursk where the icon was held was formerly very rich and hosted one of the largest fairs in Imperial Russia. During the Soviet period the monastery cathedral (designed by Konstantin Thon) was demolished; restoration works are planned.
 
 
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To honor our wonderful friends at St. Mary - Annunciation Catholic Church in Rockwood (caretakers of St. Victor), we commissioned the Internationally Recognized Iconographer, Sergei Mitrofanov to write a special Icon that we had blessed (see photos) to present to them for all of their support and generosity while we are trying to grow.  Special Thank you to Fr. James Rafferty and Beth Herzog for everything they have done for us. 

 
To learn more about the wonderworking icon that came to visit our parish, please visit the links below.


Information about the Icon English:
http://www.kurskroot.com/kursk_root_icon_home.html


Information about the Icon Russian:
http://www.korennaya.ru/
 
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Check out this really cool YouTube:

YouTube Procession of Kursk Icon in Russian
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Field Trip:  Dormition Monastery

It was a beautiful Spring day in Rives Junction on April 16, 2016, as several of our members took the trek to western Michigan to visit, pray and tour the wonderful and inspirational property that is our Dormition Orthodox Monastery.  Founded more than 20 years ago, Mother Gabriella has focused and executed a vision with scenic property, beautiful buildings, a Orthodox Cemetary (where Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar is resting), and a beautiful Chapel is still being decorated right in the middle of the whole thing.

Although we have visited several times, this was a first time for a few, and we are excited to return soon.

 

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Visiting Sub-Deacon Peter - Fr. Gregory led a panakhida

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the Impressive Buildings .  .  .

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Next planned trip will be Saturday, June 4, 2016 on their annual Spring Clean-up Day!
Please join us.

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Pysanky - 2016

As we have kept this tradition for several years now, in preparation of Holy Pascha, we spend one weekend each year learning the art of Pysanky, in the Russian tradition of egg decorating, which we share with our parishioners and guests.  The class is being taught by Sonia Boyar, who has been writing on these raw eggs for over 60 years. 

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Palm Sunday is Always Busy

The entire Palm Sunday Weekend is really busy here at All Saints Mission.  After a small prayer service for Lazarus Saturday, many of us stayed and set up all of our Palm Leaves and Pussy Willows, as we prepare to take them to St. Vladimir - Ann Arbor to have them blessed and bring them back for our final Reader's Service, featuring a very nice Palm Sunday Procession around the inside of our building, which we adorned with the the branches and leaves, that we were able to procure from our own Flower Shop.

As we completed our prayers, we took a special moment to pray for our wonderful neighbors and friends from St. Mary - Annunciation Catholic Church, who so graciously accepted and helped us so much grow in our time there.  A special Thank you to Father James Rafferty and Beth Herzog, who were both a true Godsend to us.

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Setting up and preparing our Palm Leaves and Pussy Willows to be Blessed .  .  .  .

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Palm Sunday Vigil at St. Vladimir Orthodox Church .  .  .  .

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Adoring the Church for our last Service at St. Victor .  .  .  .

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Palm Sunday Reader's Service and Procession .  .  .  .

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Holy Pascha - Holiest of the Holy Days!!!

Let God Arise; Let His enemies be Scattered

For He gave His only Son

The Holiest of all Holy Days - The Reason for the Season - Triumph of All Triumphs

It doesn't get any better than this

Christ Is Risen!
Indeed He Is Risen!

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Special Prayer Requests

Please read and help us Pray for these interests of our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Pray for His Eminence, Archbishop Alypy

Statement from the Diocesan Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America

September 25/October 8, 2015

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

On October 7, 2015 His Eminence Archbishop Alypy experienced a sudden bout of low blood pressure. His Eminence was transported to the hospital and after an examination it was determined that he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. His Eminence is responding well to the prescribed medication and although his condition is serious, it is not life threatening. Nonetheless, we ask the prayers of the faithful for Archbishop Alypy during his convalescence. Updates will be provided if and when warranted. It is our hope and expectation that Vladyka will recover from this episode and be able to return to his activities in the near future.

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June Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

06/01 – Happy Birthday Seva Peshehonov
06/04 – Happy Birthday Leta Nikulshina
06/05 – Happy Birthday Matushka Elizabeth Joyce
06/06 – Happy Birthday Chelsea Morton*
06/06 – Happy Birthday Justin Thomas*
06/07 – Happy Birthday Nikolai Powell
06/09 – Happy Birthday Jenna Streffon

06/09 – Happy Birthday Michael Lakin*
06/10 – Happy Birthday Sub-Deacon William Powell
06/14 – Happy Birthday Larry Ivanoff
06/21 – Happy Birthday Sasha Shamray
06/25 – Happy Birthday Sub-Deacon Jerome Fisher
06/30 – Happy Birthday Dean Lakin*


06/14 – Happy Anniversary Paul and Tanya Streffon

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Orthodox Education: A Life Lesson

Please refer to this area to learn an Orthodox Lesson for Life!

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

Question

How do the Orthodox Christians celebrate Holy Pascha?


Answer
(reference OCA.ORG)

Easter Sunday: The Holy Pascha

A little before midnight on the Blessed Sabbath the Nocturne service is chanted. The celebrant goes to the tomb and removes the winding-sheet. He carries it through the royal doors and places it on the altar table where it remains for forty days until the day of Ascension.

 At midnight the Easter procession begins. The people leave the church building singing:

The angels in heaven, O Christ our Savior, sing of Thy resurrection. Make us on earth also worthy to hymn Thee with a pure heart.

resurrection

The procession circles the church building and returns to the closed doors of the front of the church. This procession of the Christians on Easter night recalls the original baptismal procession from the darkness and death of this world to the light and the life of the Kingdom of God. It is the procession of the holy passover, from death unto life, from earth unto heaven, from this age to the age to come which will never end.

Before the closed doors of the church building, the resurrection of Christ is announced. Sometimes the Gospel is read which tells of the empty tomb. The celebrant intones the blessing to the “holy, consubstantial, life-creating and undivided Trinity.” The Easter troparion is sung for the first time, together with the verses of Psalm 68 which will begin all of the Church services during the Easter season.

Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee from before his face!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life (Troparion).

This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

The people re-enter the church building and continue the service of Easter Matins which is entirely sung.

The canon hymns of Christ’s resurrection, ascribed to Saint John of Damascus, are chanted with the troparion of the feast as the constantly recurring refrain. The building is decorated with flowers and lights. The vestments are the bright robes of the resurrection. The Easter icon stands in the center of the church showing Christ destroying the gates of hell and freeing Adam and Eve from the captivity of death. It is the image of the Victor “trampling down death by his own death.” There is the continual singing and censing of the icons and the people, with the constant proclamation of the celebrant: Christ is risen! The faithful continually respond: Indeed He is risen!

It is the day of resurrection ! Let us be illumined for the feast! Pascha! The Pascha of the Lord! From death unto life, and from earth unto heaven has Christ our God led us! Singing the song of victory: Christ is risen from the dead! (First Ode of the Easter Canon).

Following the canon, the paschal verses are sung, and at the conclusion of the Easter Matins, the Easter Hours are also sung. In general, nothing is simply read in the Church services of Easter: everything is fully sung with the joyful melodies of the feast.

At the end of the Hours, before the Divine Liturgy, the celebrant solemnly proclaims the famous Paschal Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom. This sermon is an invitation to all of the faithful to forget their sins and to join fully in the feast of the resurrection of Christ. Taken literally, the sermon is the formal invitation offered to all members of the Church to come and to receive Holy Communion, partaking of Christ, the Passover Lamb, whose table is now being set in the midst of the Church. In some parishes the sermon is literally obeyed, and all of the faithful receive the eucharistic gifts of the Passover Supper of Easter night.

The Easter Divine Liturgy begins immediately with the singing once more of the festal troparion with the verses of Psalm 68. Special psalm verses also comprise the antiphons of the liturgy, through which the faithful praise and glorify the salvation of God:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Sing of his name, give glory to His praise.

Let all the earth worship Thee and praise Thee! Let it praise Thy name, O most High!

That we may know Thy way upon the earth and Thy salvation among all nations.

Let the people thank Thee, O God! Let all the people give thanks to Thee.

The troparion is repeated over and over again. The baptismal line from Galatians replaces the Thrice-Holy Hymn. The epistle reading is the first nine verses of the Book of Acts. The gospel reading is the first seventeen verses of the Gospel of Saint John. The proclamation of the Word of God takes the faithful back again to the beginning, and announces God’s creation and re-creation of the world through the living Word of God, his Son Jesus Christ.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God . . . all things were made through him . . . In Him was life and the life was the light of men. . . .

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth . . . we have beheld His glory, glory of the only-begotten Son of the Father, and from His fullness have we all received grace upon grace (Jn 1.1–17).

The Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom continues, crowned in holy communion with the Passover Lamb at his banquet table in God’s Kingdom. Again and again the troparion of the Resurrection is sung while the faithful partake of Him “Who was dead and is alive again” (Rev 2.8).

In the Orthodox Church the feast of Easter is officially called Pascha, the word which means the Passover. It is the new Passover of the new and everlasting covenant foretold by the prophets of old. It is the eternal Passover from death to life and from earth to heaven. It is the Day of the Lord proclaimed by God’s holy prophets, “the day which the Lord has made” for His judgment over all creation, the day of His final and everlasting victory. It is the Day of the Kingdom of God, the day “which has no night” for “its light is the Lamb” (Rev 21.22–25).

The celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church, therefore, is once again not merely an historical reenactment of the event of Christ’s Resurrection as narrated in the gospels. It is not a dramatic representation of the first Easter morning. There is no “sunrise service” since the Easter Matins and the Divine Liturgy are celebrated together in the first dark hours of the first day of the week in order to give men the experience of the “new creation” of the world, and to allow them to enter mystically into the New Jerusalem which shines eternally with the glorious light of Christ, overcoming the perpetual night of evil and destroying the darkness of this mortal and sinful world:

Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone upon you! Exult and be glad O Zion! Be radiant O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

This is one of the main Easter hymns in the Orthodox Church. It is inspired by Isaiah’s prophecy and the final chapters of the Book of Revelation, for it is exactly tile New Creation, the New Jerusalem, the Heavenly City, the Kingdom of God, the Day of the Lord, the Marriage Feast of the Lamb with His Bride which is celebrated and realized and experienced in the Holy Spirit on the Holy Night of Easter in the Orthodox Church.

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Orthodox Celebration of Pascha

Photo courtesy of John Thomas and used with permission. Experience more of Holy Week in pictures through John Thomas' book "Sacred Light: Following the Paschal Journey"

Before midnight on Saturday evening, the Odes of Lamentation of the previous day are repeated. The Orthros of the Resurrection begins in complete darkness. The priest takes light from the vigil light and gives it to the faithful, who are holding candles. The priest sings: "Come ye and receive light from the unwaning light, and. glorify Christ, who arose from the dead", and all the people join him in singing this hymn again and again. From this moment, every Christian holds the Easter candle as a symbol of his vivid, deep faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as Savior. In many churches the priest leads the people outside the church, where he reads the Gospel which refers to the Angels statement: "He is Risen; He is not here," (Mark 16:1-8).

Then comes the breathless moment as the people wait for the priest to start the hymn of Resurrection, which they join him in singing, repeatedly: "Christ has Risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed life upon those in the tombs". From this moment the entire service takes on a joyous Easter atmosphere. The hymns of the Odes and Praises of Resurrection which follow are of superb meaning and expression. The people confess, "It is the Day of Resurrection, let us be glorious, let us embrace one another and speak to those that hate us; let us forgive all things and so let us cry, Christ has arisen from the dead". By this hymn they admit that love of one's fellowman is the solid foundation of the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is then officiated. At the end of the Liturgy, a part of the marvelous festival sermon of Saint Chrysostom is read, which calls upon the people to "Take part in this fair and radiant festival. Let no one be fearful of death, for the death of the Savior has set us free . . . O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is Thy victory? Christ is Risen and Thou art overthrown. To Him be glory and power from all ages to all ages."

The Scripture readings for the Divine Liturgy are: Acts 1:1-8 and John 1:1-17.

On Easter Sunday afternoon the faithful gather once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead". The people greet one another joyously, saying: "Christ is Risen", the Easter salutation which is answered, "Truly He is Risen". They sing, "the dark shadows of the Law has passed away by the coming of grace", and standing in exaltation they exclaim, "Who is so great a God as our God?"

The Gospel according to John (20:19-25) is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe without discrimination. The fruit of faith in the Resurrection of the Lord is love in His Name; therefore, this day is called "Sunday of Agape" (love feast), a day dedicated to Christian principles, especially to forgiveness and charity. At this time, Christians seek to end misunderstanding and arguments among those whom they may be at odds. Apostle Paul firmly interprets the Resurrection of Christ, saying: "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14). The Church also states in its Creed, "The Third day He rose again."

- See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/holy_pascha/learn/#sthash.8AyHY08b.dpuf

Orthodox Celebration of Pascha

Photo courtesy of John Thomas and used with permission. Experience more of Holy Week in pictures through John Thomas' book "Sacred Light: Following the Paschal Journey"

Before midnight on Saturday evening, the Odes of Lamentation of the previous day are repeated. The Orthros of the Resurrection begins in complete darkness. The priest takes light from the vigil light and gives it to the faithful, who are holding candles. The priest sings: "Come ye and receive light from the unwaning light, and. glorify Christ, who arose from the dead", and all the people join him in singing this hymn again and again. From this moment, every Christian holds the Easter candle as a symbol of his vivid, deep faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as Savior. In many churches the priest leads the people outside the church, where he reads the Gospel which refers to the Angels statement: "He is Risen; He is not here," (Mark 16:1-8).

Then comes the breathless moment as the people wait for the priest to start the hymn of Resurrection, which they join him in singing, repeatedly: "Christ has Risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed life upon those in the tombs". From this moment the entire service takes on a joyous Easter atmosphere. The hymns of the Odes and Praises of Resurrection which follow are of superb meaning and expression. The people confess, "It is the Day of Resurrection, let us be glorious, let us embrace one another and speak to those that hate us; let us forgive all things and so let us cry, Christ has arisen from the dead". By this hymn they admit that love of one's fellowman is the solid foundation of the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is then officiated. At the end of the Liturgy, a part of the marvelous festival sermon of Saint Chrysostom is read, which calls upon the people to "Take part in this fair and radiant festival. Let no one be fearful of death, for the death of the Savior has set us free . . . O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is Thy victory? Christ is Risen and Thou art overthrown. To Him be glory and power from all ages to all ages."

The Scripture readings for the Divine Liturgy are: Acts 1:1-8 and John 1:1-17.

On Easter Sunday afternoon the faithful gather once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead". The people greet one another joyously, saying: "Christ is Risen", the Easter salutation which is answered, "Truly He is Risen". They sing, "the dark shadows of the Law has passed away by the coming of grace", and standing in exaltation they exclaim, "Who is so great a God as our God?"

The Gospel according to John (20:19-25) is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe without discrimination. The fruit of faith in the Resurrection of the Lord is love in His Name; therefore, this day is called "Sunday of Agape" (love feast), a day dedicated to Christian principles, especially to forgiveness and charity. At this time, Christians seek to end misunderstanding and arguments among those whom they may be at odds. Apostle Paul firmly interprets the Resurrection of Christ, saying: "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14). The Church also states in its Creed, "The Third day He rose again."

- See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/holy_pascha/learn/#sthash.8AyHY08b.dpuf

Orthodox Celebration of Pascha

Photo courtesy of John Thomas and used with permission. Experience more of Holy Week in pictures through John Thomas' book "Sacred Light: Following the Paschal Journey"

Before midnight on Saturday evening, the Odes of Lamentation of the previous day are repeated. The Orthros of the Resurrection begins in complete darkness. The priest takes light from the vigil light and gives it to the faithful, who are holding candles. The priest sings: "Come ye and receive light from the unwaning light, and. glorify Christ, who arose from the dead", and all the people join him in singing this hymn again and again. From this moment, every Christian holds the Easter candle as a symbol of his vivid, deep faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as Savior. In many churches the priest leads the people outside the church, where he reads the Gospel which refers to the Angels statement: "He is Risen; He is not here," (Mark 16:1-8).

Then comes the breathless moment as the people wait for the priest to start the hymn of Resurrection, which they join him in singing, repeatedly: "Christ has Risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed life upon those in the tombs". From this moment the entire service takes on a joyous Easter atmosphere. The hymns of the Odes and Praises of Resurrection which follow are of superb meaning and expression. The people confess, "It is the Day of Resurrection, let us be glorious, let us embrace one another and speak to those that hate us; let us forgive all things and so let us cry, Christ has arisen from the dead". By this hymn they admit that love of one's fellowman is the solid foundation of the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is then officiated. At the end of the Liturgy, a part of the marvelous festival sermon of Saint Chrysostom is read, which calls upon the people to "Take part in this fair and radiant festival. Let no one be fearful of death, for the death of the Savior has set us free . . . O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is Thy victory? Christ is Risen and Thou art overthrown. To Him be glory and power from all ages to all ages."

The Scripture readings for the Divine Liturgy are: Acts 1:1-8 and John 1:1-17.

On Easter Sunday afternoon the faithful gather once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead". The people greet one another joyously, saying: "Christ is Risen", the Easter salutation which is answered, "Truly He is Risen". They sing, "the dark shadows of the Law has passed away by the coming of grace", and standing in exaltation they exclaim, "Who is so great a God as our God?"

The Gospel according to John (20:19-25) is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe without discrimination. The fruit of faith in the Resurrection of the Lord is love in His Name; therefore, this day is called "Sunday of Agape" (love feast), a day dedicated to Christian principles, especially to forgiveness and charity. At this time, Christians seek to end misunderstanding and arguments among those whom they may be at odds. Apostle Paul firmly interprets the Resurrection of Christ, saying: "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14). The Church also states in its Creed, "The Third day He rose again."

- See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/holy_pascha/learn/#sthash.8AyHY08b.dpuf .

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Special Thank you!

Please help us acknowledge and appreciate their kindness toward our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Thank you St. Victor

We want to pay special attention and extend our deepest appreciation to the very nice folks at St. Mary Rockwood, who under Fr. James Rafferty and their Church Administration Secretary, Mrs. Beth Herzog, found generosity in their hearts to allow us to claim the old St. Victor Church (in Gibraltar) our Summer Home while we work out the possible logistics to make it permanent.  Here are a few photos of how we started to adorn the Sanctuary with some Orthodox touches. 

Thank you so much!

Welcome to Our Church!
Welcome to Our Church!
Welcome to Our Church!
Our Beautiful Altar Area!
Our Beautiful Altar Area!
Our Beautiful Altar Area!
Small Altar and Sensor
Small Altar and Sensor
Small Altar and Sensor
Coming around from the Right Side
Coming around from the Right Side
Coming around from the Right Side
And Back Down the Left
And Back Down the Left
And Back Down the Left
The Flame from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre (in Jerusalem)
The Flame from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre (in Jerusalem)
The Flame from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre (in Jerusalem)
Panakhida Stand and our Vigils
Panakhida Stand and our Vigils
Panakhida Stand and our Vigils
Coming Across the Front
Coming Across the Front
Coming Across the Front
In the Sacristy
In the Sacristy
In the Sacristy
Serving Robes
Serving Robes
Serving Robes
Choir Robes
Choir Robes
Choir Robes
Colored Cloths
Colored Cloths
Colored Cloths
Pass Thru
Pass Thru
Pass Thru
Old Library
Old Library
Old Library
Maybe a Chapel?
Maybe a Chapel?
Maybe a Chapel?
Could Be!
Could Be!
Could Be!
Administration
Administration
Administration
Social Hall
Social Hall
Social Hall
Side Lobby
Side Lobby
Side Lobby
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Cultural Exposition
Cultural Exposition
Cultural Exposition
Welcome Desk
Welcome Desk
Welcome Desk
Shelving Display
Shelving Display
Shelving Display
Brochures
Brochures
Brochures
Holy Water and Palms/Pussy Willows
Holy Water and Palms/Pussy Willows
Holy Water and Palms/Pussy Willows
Church School
Church School
Church School
Royal Doors (for the Future)
Royal Doors (for the Future)
Royal Doors (for the Future)
Candles/Glass
Candles/Glass
Candles/Glass
Icons on Canvas (for the Future)
Icons on Canvas (for the Future)
Icons on Canvas (for the Future)
Icon Display
Icon Display
Icon Display
Our Beautiful Flower Garden
Our Beautiful Flower Garden
Our Beautiful Flower Garden

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Thank you St. Catherine Orthodox Mission

We wanted to take a special moment to thank the many generous parishioners of the former St. Catherine Orthodox Mission Parish of Ann Arbor and Fr. George Shalhoub (of St. Mary Basilica in Livonia and current Dean of the Michigan Antiochian Orthodox Churches), who have generously donated so much of their treasures from the old parish. 

There are so many wonderful and useful items, from Liturgicals to Music to Icons and even Altar Boy robes.  Please share our joy in the photos below and keep Fr. George and especially Fiona Gray and Eric Shanburn of FOCUS - Motor City.  May God Bless you for all of your hard work in Holy Orthodoxy and for being a hero to our parish group.

Thank you

 

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Parish Life Ministries

Please refer to this area for the Housekeeping Issues in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Now that we have Our Blessing, a new Website, and are Creating a True Membership List, we want to get our word out, specifically reaching out and evangelizing our neighborhoods and communities, as well as to our Orthodox "lost sheep"
 
Experience has proven that our E-Newsletter campaign has been a tremendous success in getting attention and that there is still a need for a Snail-Mail Program, along with utilizing the several media avenues to help us to continue growing quickly.  Remember though:  That our best advertising is "By Word of Mouth" and we would like to let you know that we want you to come as often as you can, and bring your friends.
 
Please sign yourself and family members and friends up for our FREE Newsletters and pick up our Bulletins.  Stop by the table at our events, call or email us with the details and we will get them started right away. 
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Donations

As a mission parish family, we decided that we want people to come and celebrate with us first - to realize that their fortunes and challenges are part of their relationship with God, and we want to support each other.  We also want to be sure that money should not be a priority when coming here, so with that in mind, we decided NOT have collections during our services.
 
Instead, we graciously accept donations of support by providing a box near the rear of the church for people to give of their free will.  It is very important to note that even in the Bible, tithing was encouraged and everyone was asked to give a portion of their wealth, but they didn't pass a basket.  It is all left to the individual people.
 
We still have a mortgage payment, utilities and insurance, and of course, the best part is being able to help support a priest and his family.  We should see it as our responsibility to take care of them, especially since we know that they help take care of us, too!
 
We have provided forms and envelopes in the back of the building and in our bulletins, so that if you want to dedicate your donations or be acknowledged (and for tax purposes), just fill out the form, put everything together and drop it in and/or mail it to our office.
 
Your generosity is always appreciated and can be recognized in future publications with a special "Thank you" for your support.
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Youth Group/Church School

Since we all need to occasionally refresh ourselves spiritually, we thought that this might be a nice way to segway into a new-style Orthodox Christian Education Program.  We are working on a different kind of an idea for a Church School Program for KIDS and ADULTS. 

 

For the Kids:

We are currently organizing our new Children's Church School Program to start in September, and since there is no registration, all children are welcome anytime for this program.  Our younger ones will have a program that is being created to make it exciting and entertaining.  They will have many opportunities to learn, build, and/or sing each week.  They will also participate in Arts and Crafts, Music, Iconography, and Q&A sessions with the priest.
 
We will divide it into 3 basic groups determined by age: 
 - 5 - 7 year olds will have a more basic idea of who Jesus was, and what we do to honor and celebrate Him
 
 - 8-12 year olds will get a little more indepth with Jesus and his journeys and interactions with other Saints
 
 - 13-15 will get more philosophical and delve into the hows and whys of Jesus Christ
 
 
For the Adults:
We will look into the values of our Lessons and work at what we all should be doing to help celebrate and promote our Faith.  This would include:  Music, Reading/Chanting, Serving in the Altar, Celebrating, and how to bring this stuff home to continue living our lives.  There is nothing that should be overwelming.  We just need a way to be able to continue learning and living our lives in Christ until we can get back to church.
 
We will be using different forums to do this, including Questions/Answers for our adults after church, Visiting Speakers, and Field Trips.  This type of informal setting has proven to be very valuable, and is peaking the interest of our people.   With so much interest in adults wanting to learn (and become) Orthodox, and some of our men also expressing sincere interest wanting to become Tonsured Readers, we will all learn together.
 
Sometimes, the best experiences maybe not even necessarily church related events like:  bowling, a barbecue, theater or museum.  We will be doing this stuff, as well.
 
What a great way to learn - Please watch for announcements.
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Choir

We are proud that our Liturgies and Services are celebrated IN ENGLISH, and eventually we may sprinkle them with various languages to celebrate our various cultures.  We also will be very active with everyone trying to participate with congregational singing (especially with the kids).  Any plans that we have will still have a need for us to organize a choir. 
 
Please consider joining us, and encourage your family and friends.  We are in need of people with or without musical experience.  As we structure, we may also try to organize a Junion Choir.  This is all exciting, but there are no rehearsals planned yet. 
 
Maybe we should seriously look for a choir director to manage our many voices.  Any volunteers?
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Teen Youth Group

There are some really great programs for our Teens in the Orthodox Church, and with our influence and trust to teach and let them do important work in our community, we have found that they are responsible and capable.  They are Our Future! T
he various programs throughout the Diocese illustrate the support we have and as such, programs are being developed.  They have not only participated in religious forums (IE: Retreats, Bible Studies and Organized activities like the 30 mile Procession of the Cross), but have had fun bonding lifetime friendships across the country and beyond.
 
We have a great group of Teens in our Mission Parish.  Now all we have to do is organizing our new Church Teen/Youth Group.  Since there is no registration, all Teens are welcome anytime for this program.  There will be a lot of local things for them to do, as well; and we certainly could use their responsibility in the church.   Please encourage yours to join us.
 
NOTE:  We are always looking for good leaders to help teach and mentor them.  Please consider us.
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Pastoral Visits

Please let us know about anyone you know would like to be visited (including yourself), and we will contact you to make all of the arrangments.
 
We would like to find and visit our SHUT-INS, whether you are in a hospital, nursing center or just at home, we would like to visit you, and with the onset of our newly organized Orthodox Adult Day Care, please let us know what we can do for you.
 
We still have blessed water, and are able to Bless Homes and Graves by appointment.  Now is the time to get it done for you, too.  Please make sure you are on our list.
 
Again, please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be visited, and we will contact you to make it happen.  Let us know what we can do for you.
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Awesome Orthodox Ideas and Websites

Please refer to this area for Great Ideas, Groups and Businesses that supportr our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website

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http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/indexeng.htm

http://www.synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm

   
 
 
Official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Copyright © 2016
Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Republication or retransmission of materials must include the reference:
"The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia."
75 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128 U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 534-1601
E-mail for content information: englishinfo@synod.com
E-mail for technical information: webmaster@synod.com

 

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- See more at: http://allsaintsorthodoxchurch.org/admin/page.php?pageid=1#sthash.X9p518gQ.dpuf

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- See more at: http://allsaintsorthodoxchurch.org/admin/page.php?pageid=1#sthash.X9p518gQ.dpuf

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Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

Sporting a Brand New Beautiful Design, the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America has brought our information to the forefront and made it all Very Interesting, Quite Resourceful and Super User Friendly for Everytone!  Click on the Link below and take a look around.

http://chicagodiocese.org/

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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit

 

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit is a cooperative organization of clergy and laity, established in 1957.

Our mission is to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in the region through worship and fellowship, offering a variety of charitable, educational and outreach programs.  Additionally, we work with our parishes, across all canonical jurisdictions, striving to enhance and strengthen their efforts and ministries.  We invite and encourage you and your parish to become active in the COCC!  Help us better live the ancient Faith in a modern world, serving one another and our great city as a more vibrant and dynamic organization.

 
COCC Highlights

Welcome to the new COCC Website!  [read more]
Next Monthly Meeting: May 10 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Church, Westland  [click here]

  

Orthodox Radio - Sunday Evenings

5/9/15

Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio

DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) has announced the launch of its latest media ministry effort – Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) – on May 31, 2015, Pentecost Sunday. Its purpose is to promote Orthodox Christianity, connect local parishes, educate and entertain listeners.

The show will air on WNZK 690AM, Detroit’s Station of Nations, each Sunday 5:00-6:00 p.m. It will also be streamed live online at www.birach.com/wnzk.html. (We recommend using Winamp as the media player; download it free here.)

The first incarnation of “The Orthodox Hour” aired in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. It was a 30-minute program in the English language hosted by Fr. Leonte Copacia, and later for a short time by Fr. Dusan Koprivica. (A one hour time-slot was shared with the Romanian Orthodox Deanery of Michigan that had a 30-minute Romanian language program each week.) The show was well received by listeners, but due to financial challenges the program ceased to be broadcast.

Thanks to the initiative of several individuals working under the auspices of the COCC, a plan to bring an Orthodox Christian radio broadcast back the Detroit area was presented to the council and received its full endorsement, as well as the funds for its initial development.

Both Metropolitan Nicholas of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit and Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America have endorsed and given their blessing to this project.

Advertising available

Material support for this project will be vital to its continuation. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to advertise their business, publicize coming events, greet family and friends, or announce a family event (weddings, births, etc.). Advertising segments are available in 15-second ($25), 30-second ($50), 45-second ($75) and 60-second ($100) durations, as well as special show sponsorships.

For more information or to reserve your spot as a sponsor or advertiser, contact Sanya Milutinovic at (586) 770-3372 or advertising@DOORradio.org.

Executive Producer sought

In an effort to further establish the work that the committee has begun, the COCC is searching for an Executive Producer to coordinate various aspects of managing the show, including (but not limited to) production, advertising, promotion, communications and reporting. This will be a volunteer position at first, with the intention that a remuneration plan will be considered once there is sufficient regular funding for the project.

For more information or to apply to be considered by the committee for the Executive Producer position, contact COCC President Richard Shebib at (248) 345-9346 or president@coccdetroit.org.

More information on programming, and how you can participate, will be posted at www.DOORradio.org in the coming weeks.

Please pray for our success and be sure to tune in – the DOOR is open!

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Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio Changes Broadcast Time
DOOR Radio will now be heard on Sundays from 4:00PM to 5:00PM.  

Listen in each week on 690 AM.  If you miss the broadcast you can hear it at anytime by going to www.doorradio.org and selecting DOOR Podcast Archives.  You can then listen to or download or share any of our broadcasts.

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FOCUS - Motor City

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Donate Online

 “Empowering Detroit Children Experiencing Poverty to Succeed in School”

IN DETROIT, 59% of children live in poverty. The highest rate of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some of the effects of poverty on children are poor academic achievement, under resourced schools, food insecurity, poor nutrition, substandard housing and lack of access to basic needs. By 4th grade minority children on avg. are already 3 years behind and have a greater chance of dropping out in H.S. and becoming the next generation of dependent families in poverty. By no fault of their own they are brought into this world with a great deal of challenges. We believe they can succeed in school and reach their potential with support. This must happen before they enter Secondary School.

FOCUS Motor City exists to empower them to have the skills and proficiency so that they can succeed, access opportunities and live future sustainable lives. We partner with Detroit Elementary schools, families and organizations to ensure K-5 students achieve their academic grade level in all subjects before entering Secondary school. We do this through addressing education needs (such as reading, tutoring, textbooks, school supplies), food insecurity (weekend food sacks, emergency pantry) and resource needs (emergency clothing, hygiene, and household items).

 

Contact Information
Eric Shanburn- Center Director

248-671-4483

4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

detroit@focusna.org

Website
For more information, visit the FOCUS Motor City website at www.focusmotorcity.org

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Coffee With Sister Vassa

Give yourself about 10 minutes each week and watch this YouTube Video.  It is Sister Vassa as she takes an informal look at Orthodox topics each week and in a very comfortable and humorous way, describes and teaches.  We have subscribed to this and shall keep up to date, but we are also inviting you to do the same.

 

Coffee with Sister Vassa

 A must see - Click on the link above!

 

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Captions available in RUSSIAN, GREEK, SERBIAN, ROMANIAN, BULGARIAN, HUNGARIAN, ENGLISH. Also available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad! Theology with a bit of humor. A brief, weekly program discussing the Church calendar and liturgy. Hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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Ancient Faith Radio - An Orthodox Tradition

Ancient Faith Radio

Ancient Faith Radio is a pan-Orthodox Internet based radio station on the air 24 hours a day. Choose a listen button from the top right of our page to tune in. We provide a steady stream of the rich, traditional music of the Orthodox faith as well as several daily and weekly programs and free downloadable Podcasts as part of our unique service. We encourage you to listen daily to this free, listener supported ministry and subscribe to our growing list of Podcasts!
 
RussianFolk.com - Home of Golden Gates

Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s.  After completing their Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States.  Initially touring the Western states and the Hawaiian Islands, the group met with great acclaim due to their considerable talents and natural exuberance.  Their venues have been as varied as First Night New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.

 

Their concerts feature traditional and classical Russian songs and instrumentals, audience participation, dance and humor.

"We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles," said Fr. Gregory Joyce.

 

Below are a couple of links to watch videos of past performances of Golden Gates, as well as we encourage you to click on the link to visit their website.
 
Check them out!
 
 
 
 Documentary from 2013 Bridging Cultures:
http://youtu.be/DTSz2a-OvAE
 
Performance in Cleveland - 2012 Festival:
http://youtu.be/9z2b4soAGAE
 
Performance in Ann Arbor 2013:
http://youtu.be/C7T7eOI2pNg
 
 
 

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Mission Core Group - Mission Statement

We consider ourselves a Mission Group of dedicated and energetic Orthodox Christians who feel that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and want to spread the love and compassion of God’s Will through prayer and celebration.

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