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St. Nikephoros the Leper 
6/5/20, 06:00 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)
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Ask the Priest May 4, 2020  
6/5/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


VISIT OUR YOU TUBE CHANNEL TO SEE MORE

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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
4/5/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Do not reckon as a truly wise man that one whose mind is subject to fear on account of temporal life.

St. Isaac the Syrian
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Ask the Priest April 27, 2020 
30/4/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


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Pandemic Candle Stand ~  
29/4/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Use this to form to have a candle lit at the next Divine Service at St. Vladimirs ~ , - .

Pandemic Candle Stand ~

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Weekly Educational Offering - Prepare for the Coming Sunday!  
29/4/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults on the upcoming Sunday's principle Gospel reading so that all can better prepare for the Divine Services. Parents are asked to review the childrens portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For All: [http://ww1.antiochian.org/sites/default/files/2020-05-03-a.pdf]from the Antiochian Archdiocese (various age groups)[/url]
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ODO Needs Our Help! 
28/4/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Orthodox Detroit Outreach is in need of the following - please look for these things when you are shopping. If you can buy any of these we will collect them at the church until further notice. Look for the box near the front door. Here is the list:

Wipes of any sort (Clorox, baby wipes)
Medium sized jars of peanut butter and jelly
Loaves of bread
Cans of tuna fish and chicken
Vienna sausages
Small jars of mayonnaise
Pasta and pasta sauce
Cans of Chef Boyardee
Fruit cups
Medium sized boxes of cereal
Boxed/canned milk that doesnt need to be refrigerated
Boxes of macaroni and cheese deluxe (the kind that you dont need milk and butter to prepare)
Vegetable and fruit pouches
Boxed or bottled juice
Granola bars
Plastic bags to pack pantry and to-go meals in
Toilet Paper
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Starosta's Corner 
27/4/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The latest Starosta's Corner can be found at the link below.

STAROSTA'S CORNER

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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
27/4/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The sick one who is acquainted with his sickness is easily to be cured; and he who confesses is pain is near to health. Many are the pains of the hard heart; and when the sick one resists the physician, his torments will be augmented.

St. Isaac the Syrian
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Working at the Church During the Pandemic 
24/4/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


As the weather warms up we are going to start our spring work at St. Vladimirs. There is lots to do! We need your help! And we all need to help for our sanity - work helps! More information to come soon, but our Starosta, Jack Mitchell, and our Head Brother, Konstantin Poplavsky, are working on plans now. For sure we need to finish the sidewalk expansion behind the church. We need to start cutting and trimming grass. And much more! All activities will be executed following all sanitary and social distancing rules.
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