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St. Nikephoros the Leper 
25/6/20, 06:00 AM
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 June 22, 2020 
24/6/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


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ODO Needs Our Help! 
23/6/20, 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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Subdeacon Colin Bower Ordination + Services Daily Week of 6/29/20 
22/6/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Most will remember that our Colin Bower was to have been ordained a deacon when Archbishop Peter was to have visited during Great Lent. Due to the quarantine that visit was canceled. Vladyka has decided to ordain Colin on Sunday, June 28, at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines (Chicago), IL. This is because Pastoral School final exams and thesis defense are slated for June 27, and Colin is participating in the exams and thesis defense in any case.

This is a great blessing for our parish for which we should be very thankful! It is important for us and the future of our parish that those who are able are educated and ordained for service to the community. Please remember Colin, Kaity, and Macrina in your prayers. Our plan is, according to our usual practice, to serve evening services and Divine Liturgy daily the week of June 29. You can sign up for services for that week at the link below:

DIVINE SERVICE SIGN UP WEEK OF 6-29-20

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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
22/6/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in the Holy Spirit is magnified. Once men have truly become His sons, our tenderly compassionate Father does not take away their temptations from them when it is His pleasure to make for them a way to escape (1 Cor. 10:13), but instead He gives His sons patience in their trials. All these good things are given into the hand of their patience for the perfecting of their souls.

St. Isaac the Syrian
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What to Burn? 
18/6/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Folks often have questions about how to property dispose of certain things. We provide this information to help you in this regard. Questions? Please contact Fr. Gregory!
Flyer in PDF Format

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Prostrations at the Divine Liturgy - When? 
18/6/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Most of us attend Liturgy regularly on Sundays, but rarely other days. Still, it is good to know when we make prostrations on weekdays, and this is why we have put together this handout. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions. See the handout in PDF format here:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/prostr ... iturgy.pdf
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Ask the Priest June 15, 2020  
16/6/20, 06:00 PM
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Bread for Good 
16/6/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


I have been baking bread for years now. I bake prosphora for the parish and it is common to find my bread served at trapeza or at other parish functions. We currently find ourselves separated from the services, but we cannot leave our Church unsupported monetarily as our clergy work for the benefit of us all. In order to assist the parish during this pandemic I will be selling bread and giving all of the profits to the church to put in the general parish fund. Lord willing this will settle down soon, and when things return to normalcy I will then donate the profits to the building fund. Perhaps someday we can say that bread builds buildings! I will be offering 1.6lb white and whole wheat sourdough loaves for $7 each on an order basis. I can take either cash or check. Stay healthy, and let me help you eat well! Subdeacon Colin Bower (313-949-5490 or cmbower10@gmail.com)
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Outdoor Liturgy Feedback Wanted! 
15/6/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Thank God we can now gather up to 100 people outside with appropriate physical distancing. Thus, until further notice we will hold Sunday Divine Liturgies outside at least until the weather prohibits this in the late fall. For that reason we very much want your feedback! How could we do this better than we did this last Sunday? We appreciate everyones patience as we learn, but we also appreciate your ideas. Please email us at info@stvladimiraami.org to share your thoughts about how we can improve the outdoor Sunday Divine Liturgy going forward.

All other Divine Services throughout the week will be held inside the church as usual, but there are rules about attending Divine Services you can learn more (and sign up to attend these Divine Services) here:

SIGN UP FOR DIVINE SERVICES WEEK OF JUNE 15, 2020

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