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Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

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Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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Divine Liturgy Explained 
28/3/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

The Divine Service we attend most often is the Divine Liturgy. We know it, but do we know it? The better we understand the Divine Liturgy the more we will engage in this "work of the people", and the more we will get from it. Or perhaps better put, the more it will transform us. And since we are seeking to be transformed into the children of God, should we not take the time to delve more deeply into the Divine Liturgy - the most theologically significant Divine Service? That is a purely rhetorical question of course, since the answer must be "yes"! The article below is a classic of the 20th century, written by one of the most influential theologians of that time. That time was not that long ago - and this article is well, well worth the read!

http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/pomaz_lit.aspx
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Prayer in the Time of Coronavirus 
27/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


It is important for us to pray. To focus. To have something that we can do rather than just sit all day and think about viruses coming to get us when we aren’t looking. :) Obviously that is not how the virus works. If we social distance we save lives. Period. But the verb “to social distance” is, at its very best, passive. We are not passive beings! We need to act! This prayer was approved by the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The English is our translation and I thank those that helped with this! I STRONGLY suggest that each of us read this prayer every day at 2:00 p.m. If you can’t read it then – read it ANY time. At least once.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

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Soul Saturday is this Saturday 
26/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The Holy Church appoints several special Saturdays throughout the year on which we especially commemorate our departed friends and loved ones. At St. Vladimir’s we will serve the following memorial services on the following dates this Great Lent:

February 22: Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Vespers & Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
March 14: Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
March 21: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
March 28: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)

Please join us on our live stream and please assure the commemoration of your friends and loved ones at the services by emailing their names (please distinguish between Orthodox and non-Orthodox departed) to info@stvladimiraami.org or by otherwise contacting Fr. Gregory.
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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.

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Church Marriage - For All of Us 
24/3/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


There are some of us in our St. Vladimir family who have not yet gotten married in the Church. We should address this issue, not with acrimony, but from an educational point of view. It is my hope that if we do this it will become clear that marriage in the Church is not some sort of optional thing, but is absolutely crucial if we hope to be successful as a couple. And we’ll talk about what “successful” means too. It might be something different than what you are thinking as you begin this note…

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE ON BLOGTUSHKA

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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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