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Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

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Phone: (734) 475-4590
Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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LIVE STREAM: Sunday Divine Liturgy 
22/3/20, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please join us for a live broadcast of today's Divine Liturgy beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the following link:

AUDIO LIVE STREAM - UNDER REPAIR

Please remember - the stream only broadcasts live services. If you would like to listen to previously recorded and edited services please visit our sound blog:

SOUND OF THE PARISH

Find the video live stream on our Facebook Page here:

VIDEO LIVE STREAM

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This Week's "The Good News" 
22/3/20, 08:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please find this week's issue of "The Good News" at the link below. This bulletin/handout contains the Troparia and Kontakia that will be sung by the choir at today's Divine Liturgy as well as the readings from the Epistle and Gospel readings of the day - all in both English and Russian. This little bulletin is distributed to visitors and others who may find it useful by our parish Greeters on duty today at St. Vladimir's. We cordially invite you to join us at St. Vladimir's for Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. - or any Sunday soon. You are always welcome at St. Vladimir's!

This Sunday's "The Good News":

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/goodnews.pdf
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Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted  
22/3/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please keep our parishioners, friends, and those who have asked us in our unworthiness to pray for them in your prayers this coming week. Our parish prayer list can be found here:

PARISH PRAYER LIST

PLEASE NOTE! We have removed those from the list that we believe no longer should be present there. If you requested that someone be included in this list please review it carefully to make sure we have not removed someone erroneously. If we have, please contact Fr. Gregory to have your loved one again added to the list.
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St. Nikephoros the Leper 
21/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


As promised, here is the life of St. Nikephoros, the saint who appeared in Greece and promised to entreat the Lord for us against the new Coronavirus. Let us, indeed, ask him to pray to God for us!

We have icons of St. Nikephoros at St. Vladimir's and we are happy to give one to each family or single. Please ask Fr. Gregory or Fr. Moses about this and you will receive your icon. Thank you to the anonymous faithful person who donated these icons!

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Saint Nikephoros the Leper

Fr. Nikephoros (in the world, Nicholas) was born in a village of Chania, in Serikari. His parents were simple and pious villagers, who while he was still a small child, died and left him an orphan. Thus, at the age of thirteen he left his home, traveled to Chania and began to work in a barbershop. There he started to show the first signs of Hansen's disease (i.e. leprosy). At that time, lepers were exiled to the island of Spinaloga, because leprosy was a transmissible disease and was treated with fear and horror. Nicholas, when he was sixteen years old and when the signs of his disease began to be more visible, to flee from enclosure on Spinaloga fled with a boat for Egypt. There he remained working in Alexandria, again in a barbershop, however the signs of his disease became even more evident, especially on his hands and face. Due to the suggestions of a cleric he fled to Chios where there was a home for lepers, in which was a priest, Fr. Anthimos Vagianos, later St. Anthimos of Chios.

Nicholas reached Chios in 1914 at the age of 24. At the leper home in Chios, where there was a grouping of many beautiful little homes, was a chapel of St. Lazaros, where was preserved the wonder-working icon of Panagia of Ypakoe (Obedience). In that place was opened the stadium of virtues for Nicholas. Within two years St. Anthimos discerned that he was ready for the angelic schema and tonsured him a monk with the name Nikephoros. The disease progressed and evolved in the absence of suitable medicines, and brought many great changes (the medicine was found later, in 1947).

Fr. Nikephoros lived with indiscriminate, genuine obedience, with austere fasting, working in gardens. He also compiled in a catalogue the miracles of St. Anthimos, which he had seen with his own eyes (many took the place of healing of the demon-possessed).

There was a unique spiritual relationship between St. Anthimos and monk Nikephoros, who “did not separate himself from him by even a step”, as mentioned by Fr. Theoklitos of Dionysiou in his book “St. Anthimos of Chios”. Fr. Nikephoros prayed for endless hours at night, performing countless prostrations, not offering a word to anyone nor spoiling his heart on anyone, and was the head chanter of the church. Because of his illness, however, slowly he lost his eyesight and most of the hymns were chanted by others.

In 1957 the Lovokomeio of Chios was closed and the remaining patients, along with Fr. Nikephoros, were sent to the Anti-Leper Station of St. Barbara in Athens, in Aigaleo. At that time Fr. Nikephoros was about 67 years old. His body parts and his eyes had been totally affected and transformed from the illness.

There, in the Anti-Leper station lived Fr. Eumenios, who also had Hansen's disease, but because of medical advances was totally cured. He decided however to remain for the rest of his life in the Anti-leper station near his fellow patients, who he treated with much love. Thus he became a spiritual child of Fr. Nikephoros, to whom as a reward for his patience, the Lord had granted many gifts. Many people flocked to the humble cell of the leper monk Nikephoros, at St. Barbara of Aigaleo, to receive his blessing. Those who met him mention that:

Though he was confined to bed, with wounds and pains, he did not murmur but showed great patience.

He had the grace of comforting the troubled.

His eyes were constantly irritated, his vision was minimal, and he had hooked hands and paralyzed lower extremities.

Besides all of these he was most sweet, mild, greatly smiling, relating grace-filled stories, he was enjoyable, lovable.

He said: “My children, do you pray? And how do you pray? ...with the prayer of Jesus you should pray, with the “LORD JESUS CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON ME”. Thus you should pray. This way is good.”

His face, which was eaten by the signs of his sickness and wounds, shone and imparted joy to all who saw this totally poor and phenomenally sick man who said: “Let His holy Name be glorified.”

At the age of 74, on January 4th 1964, Fr. Nikephoros reposed in the Lord. His holy relics were fragrant when they were later uncovered. Fr. Eumenios, and other pious people offered many occasions when miracles occurred at the intercessions of Fr. Nikephoros.

(From the book: Nikephoros the Leper: The Radiant Athlete of Patience, by Monk Simon, Athens 2007; amateur translation of the Greek text from: http://ierapostoli.wordpress.com/2009/…/27/tyflos_nikoforos/)
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Parish Cemetery Plots Available - ONLY Orthodox Cemetery in Michigan! 
21/3/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Thank God we have the ONLY ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CEMETERY IN MICHIGAN. There are others, but new burials are no longer allowed in any other Orthodox Cemetery in our state. What a blessing the Lord has given us! Let us take advantage of this blessing and arrange our burial plots at the earliest opportunity. St. Vladimir’s members receive a discount on their plot – and YOU CAN PAY OVER TIME WITH NO INTEREST CHARGE. Reserve your plot now – visit our parish cemetery page:

ALL CEMETERY INFORMATION

To learn more about parish membership please visit this link:

ST. VLADIMIR PARISH MEMBERSHIP

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Arrange Great Lenten Commemoration of the Reposed Now 
20/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

During Great Lent at all weekday services and on many Saturdays (beginning even before Great Lent with the first Soul Saturday on February 22) the departed are specially commemorated. You can arrange commemoration of your friends and loved ones by visiting our special page in this regard here:

PRAYER REQUESTS

There is lots of good information there and you should read that at some point. If you don’t have time to do that please visit our on-line form to submit names (under the commemoration of the departed you can choose “Great Lent 2020: All Weekday Services + Soul Saturdays”). If you are in a financial position to make a donation for commemorating your loved ones you can do that here – if you aren’t this is not a problem as the Church does not charge for prayer, but is thankful for donations in this regard of course:

DONATE

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Ask the Priest Homework 
20/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


In order to make Ask the Priest more engaging I am suggesting the following video. Please watch it before Ask the Priest on Monday at 8:00 p.m. so we can discuss the very interesting life of the priest who is described in the video. This was to have been the Great Lenten Lecture topic of Subdeacon Micah Chisholm on March 29, but since we had to cancel the lecture series this year I think it is OK to share this now. :)

LIFE OF FR. NIKOLA YANNEY

We will discuss much more than this, but I think it makes sense to spend some time on this excellent video. If you have other suggestions for future AtP homework please share with Fr. Gregory.
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Join us this Sunday! 
20/3/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


All are welcome at St. Vladimir's! Pleae join us this Sunday! More information can be found at this link, and we encourage you to share this with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

DIVINE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020

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Things We Sing Together at St. Vladimir's 
19/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

There are several prayers that we sing together at St. Vladimir's. We want you to know this so that you can practice. :) That way we will sing these with zeal - with power! WE SHOULD BE LIFTING THE ROOF WHEN WE SING THESE - THEY SHOULD BE SUNG VERY STRONGLY - ESPECIALLY THE CREED AND "HAVING BEHELD THE RESURRECTION..."

Saturday Vigil (and matins during Pentecost) - "Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ":

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/hav ... andout.pdf

Every Liturgy - "Symbol of Faith":

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/creedhandout.pdf

Every Liturgy - "Our Father":

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/our ... andout.pdf
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Great Lent began March 2 - Pascha is April 19 
18/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Please note that Great Lent began this year on March 2. The week previous to this is a week where all foods are allowed except for meat. During Great Lent we abstain from meat and dairy products including fish (although fish is allowed on Annunciation, April 7 and Palm Sunday, April 12). Let us recall that fasting is a tool given to us by God to aid us spiritually. For some it is easy to fast, for others it is difficult. However, what is most important is that we make a sincere effort to follow the fast. Why? Simply because the fast helps us to see our sins by helping us to focus spiritually. Eating “light” foods, or perhaps rather, abstaining from “heavy” foods such as meats and cheeses, allows us to be less focused on our stomachs and more focused on our souls, and of course, in this season when we undergo our journey to the Resurrection of our Lord we dearly wish to improve ourselves spiritually that we might meet the risen Christ better than we were when we began Great Lent. St. John Chrysostom writes that we abstain from meats that we might abstain from our sins. This nicely sums up the reason the Holy Church, as a loving mother, gives us the gift of fasting. Pascha is April 19 – may God grant us all a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
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