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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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Why is the Curtain Closed Half Way at the Presanctified Liturgy? 
25/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Several people have asked about this over the course of Great Lent. This is an excerpt from a presentation I gave to the clergy of the Eastern American Diocese two years ago. Hopefully it is helpful.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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St. Vladimir Church Closed to Public Worship 
24/3/20, 12:01 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


According to the Executive Order of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Policy of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, St. Vladimir's is temporarily closed to public worship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although we are saddened by this situation, we also understand that in this war all of society – including our St. Vladimir’s family – must unite to defeat the virus enemy. All resources must be brought to bear if victory is to be obtained. For us that means isolating ourselves from each other so that we do not in any way endanger those in our community who are at high risk of death from the virus. Most of us are healthy. Most of us are strong. Most of us will be unaffected by the virus. But we have to do our part – we have to fight selfish self interest – and we have to follow the advice of the experts and be obedient to the decisions of our ruling bishop. We thank everyone for their understanding and for their efforts to get us to the point of victory over this invisible foe!

Please contact me or Fr. Moses at any time for any spiritual or material support you need during this time of quarantine. With God’s help and our sincere effort we can have great hope in overcoming our common societal enemy! Let it never be said that we did not do our part with sincerity and zeal! Let it never be said that we felt ourselves “special” and not in need of taking part in this war! As Orthodox Christians let us be exemplary members of the society in which the merciful Lord has placed us! Let us serve others with valor and Christian Love, whether that service is (for most of us) just staying home and staying safe, or hands-on service of those in need, or other action that we may be called to in service to the eventual victory! All Divine Services will be broadcast on our Live Streams – please join us and worship with us just as you would when we gather in the Church, but from your own “desert” that the Lord has provided us during this time of Great Lent. We are pilgrims in this life dear brothers and sisters – the pandemic has just reminded us a bit of this reality. Glory to God for this and for all things!

Fr. Gregory
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Sermon Sunday, March 22, 2020 
23/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
23/3/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


“One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life.”

St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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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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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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Parish Coronavirus Update 3/18/20 
18/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Please see a very important communication for our St. Vladimir's family at the link below:

PARISH CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3/18/20

This communication covers the following key issues:

1. The Instructional Letter from Archbishop Peter to the parishes from 3/17/20

2. How we will put into place Vladyka's instructions in our parish

3. Sign up for Divine Services (that will make sense when you read the parts above) so we keep to our 50 person maximum

4. Confession as our weakest Public Health link and how we can minimize the risk

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. We know you are getting fatigued from all this information and we will try to keep this to a minimum. But if we don't share this life and death information it will be our sin and the innocent will suffer.

In Christ,

Fr. Gregory
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Evening Presanctified this Wednesday 
17/3/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


This year, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop 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 6:00-6:30 p.m. The traditional meals after these services have been canceled through March in response to the pandemic. 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, March 11
Wednesday, March 18
Wednesday, March 25
Thursday, April 2 – NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY
Wednesday, April 8

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 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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