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Services:
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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Weekly Educational Offering  
1/4/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. 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 Adults: the explanation of last Sunday's Gospel reading by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_fifth_lent.html

For Children an activity based on last Sunday's Gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 3-29-b.pdf
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Check out our You Tube Channel! 
31/3/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Did you know that we have a You Tube Channel where we post videos regularly. There is a lot there and always something new! Please check it out and SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL:

www.youtube.com/StVladimirChurch
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Last Evening Presanctified Liturgy is THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT! 
31/3/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This year, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Peter, we will celebrate the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts throughout Great Lent on Wednesday evenings. Matins begins at 3:00 p.m. Liturgy will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Following each of these services our St. Xenia Sisterhood will organize a light Lenten dinner. Please contact our Head Sister, Ksenia Nikulshina (headsister@stvladimiraami.org or see her in church) if you would like to help with the dinner. We have excellent Lenten recipes to share if youd like to try something new! Please join us for these remarkably beautiful and meaningful Lenten evening services and for mid-week fellowship with your parish family at the meal afterwards!

Wednesday, April 1

The Liturgical Fast for those communing begins after breakfast for the 6:30 p.m. services. In other words, you may eat breakfast, but eat or drink nothing further after that. Parents should use their best judgment regarding their children, as always. Those who confessed on the weekend prior to the Wednesday Presanctified need not confess again on/before Wednesday.

PLEASE NOTE! There are MANY other Presanctified Liturgies throughout Great Lent that begin with Matins at 8:00 a.m. and Liturgy about 11:30 a.m. - mostly on Fridays. Please consult the schedule of services on our web site for more details.
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Bishop Peter to Lead Unction Service March 31 
30/3/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland will lead the sacrament of Unction at St. Vladimir's on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. Unction is a sacrament of the Holy Church and thus although we welcome all to be present at the beautiful Divine Service, only Orthodox Christians who have recently been to confession (within the last three weeks before the Unction service) may be anointed. The ideal situation would be to confess and partake of the Mystery of Holy Communion on Sunday, March 29 and then partake of Unction on March 31. Please see Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with questions and please plan to prepare yourself and to partake of this Holy Mystery as an aid to spiritual (and bodily) healing at St. Vladimir's on March 31. Following the Unction service will be a light Lenten meal. All are welcome!

More about the Mystery of Unction:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/my ... nction.pdf
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Great Lent Began February 23 - Pascha is April 12  
30/3/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please note that Great Lent began this year on February 23. During Great Lent we abstain from meat and dairy products including fish (although fish is allowed on Palm Sunday April 5). 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 12 may God grant us all a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
29/3/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: Isaiah 48:17-49:4, Genesis 27:1-41, Proverbs 19:16-25
Tuesday: Isaiah 49:6-10, Genesis 31:3-16, Proverbs 21:3-21
Wednesday: Isaiah 58:1-11, Genesis 43:26-31; 45:1-16, Proverbs 21:23-22:4
Thursday: Isaiah 65:8-16, Genesis 16:1-7, Proverbs 23:15-24:5
Friday: Isaiah 66:10-24, Genesis 49:33-50:26, Proverbs 31:8-32
Saturday: Hebrews 12:28-13:8 & John 11:1-45

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
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Weekly Bulletin Posted 
29/3/15, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our weekly bulletin, "Sunday Reading", has been posted at the following link:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... eading.pdf
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Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted 
29/3/15, 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:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... erlist.pdf

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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Holy Week & Bright Week Schedule at St. Vladimir's 
28/3/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
The schedule of services for Holy Week and Bright Week at St. Vladimir's is now available at the link below.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two services that traditionally have not been as well attended as they really should be and we would like to make a real effort this year to do better in that regard. Those services are:

1. Matins for Holy Friday (12 Passion Gospels): Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. The choir works SO HARD to prepare for this service, and the hymnography is SO BEAUTIFUL. DO NOT MISS this service!

2. Paschal Vespers and Matins on the day of Pascha itself: Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Pascha again by attending this service. The hymnography of Pascha is so beautiful and meaningful - how can just standing and participating all night be enough? That is rhetorical - it CANNOT be enough! :) Join us on Pascha afternoon for more and prepare for Bright Monday Divine Liturgy by participating in Paschal Vespers & Matins on Pascha itself!

Holy Week and Bright Week Schedule:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/pa ... lyer15.pdf
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Last Sunday of Great Lent is Tomorrow 
28/3/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Yes - you read that right! Great Lent ends on Friday, April 3 when Holy Week begins. Thus, this Sunday is the last of the Great Lenten Sundays. What does that mean? First - consider how quickly Lent has passed. There is just a short time left. Use this time wisely! Secondly - come to Church this Saturday evening and Sunday night! We commemorate St. Mary of Egypt this last Sunday of Great Lent. She was a great sinner, but she also repented greatly and was forgiven. We too can repent as she did - but the first step must be taken in God's Church. All are welcome - please join us!
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