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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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American Independence Day 
4/7/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Join us on Blogtushka for a short piece on Independence Day:

http://blogtushka.blogspot.com/2017/07/ ... e-day.html
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Shop at Amazon – Support St. Vladimir’s 
2/7/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Most of us use Amazon. Why not do that shopping on Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and choose “St Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church” (Location: Dexter, MI) as your charity? This is EXACTLY the same web site as amazon.com, but a portion of every dollar you spend goes to support St. Vladimir’s. It is EASY, QUICK, and PAINLESS. Click HERE to start using Amazon Smile and Support St. Vladimir’s – Thank You!
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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
29/6/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


“Be a herald of God’s goodness, for God rules over you, unworthy though you are; for although your debt to Him is so great, yet He is not seen exacting payment from you, and from the small works you do, He bestows great rewards upon you.”

St. Isaac the Syrian
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Lampadas above the Royal Doors - Please be Attentive 
27/6/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We ask all to be attentive to the system we have devised to help folks know when they can and when they cannot move about during the Divine Services to light candles, etc. Even as we ask all to be attentive we also ask all to be loving, and if someone clearly is not aware that we have reached a time in the Divine Service when we should be still that we share that information with them lovingly and in a way that will not cause embarrassment. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or concerns.

See flyer here - printable version (legal size).

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Pandemic Help 
26/6/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


If you need groceries, a ride to the doctor, financial support, pharmaceuticals, to talk to someone so you don’t feel so isolated, or ANYTHING AT ALL during the pandemic please reach out to our St. Vladimir Family! And of course, if you need spiritual support! We are here to help! And we want to help!

Email: info@stvladimiraami.org
Phone/SMS: 734-475-4590

And perhaps even more importantly: please tell us if you can PROVIDE the help that we outline above! We need to have a roster of people ready to help that we can call upon when a need is identified.

If we do not pick up the phone please leave a message! We will get right back to you.

Need to have Confession, partake of Holy Communion, or just talk with one of our priests? Please reach out! Fr. Gregory: 734-649-5746 ~ Fr. Moses: 530-591-0416.

Read the whole informational bulletin here with LOTS MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN - CORONAVIRUS

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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 doesn’t need to be refrigerated
Boxes of macaroni and cheese deluxe (the kind that you don’t 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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