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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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Monday First Things - Teachings of the Holy Fathers 
5/4/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Why is it, you ask, that one can pray for so many years with a prayer book, and still not have prayer in his heart? I think the reason is that people only spend a little time lifting themselves up to God when they complete their prayer rule, and in other times, they do not remember God. For example, they finish their morning prayers, and think that their relation to God is fulfilled by them; then the whole day passes in work, and such a person does not attend to God. Then in the evening, the thought returns to him that he must quickly stand at prayer and complete his evening rule. In this case, it happens that even if the Lord grants a person spiritual feelings at the time of the morning prayer, the bustle and business of the day drowns them out. As a result, it happens that one does not often feel like praying, and cannot get control of himself even to soften his heart a little bit. In such an atmosphere, prayer develops and ripens poorly. This problem (is it not ubiquitous?) needs to be corrected, that is, one must ensure that the soul does not only make petition to God when standing in prayer, but during the whole day, as much as possible, one must unceasingly ascend to Him and remain with Him.

In order to begin this task, one must first, during the course of the day, cry out to God more often, even if only with a few words, according to need and the work of the day. Beginning anything, for example, say ‘Bless, O Lord!’ When you finish something, say, ‘Glory to Thee, O Lord’, and not only with your lips, but with feeling in your heart. If passions arise, say, ‘Save me, O Lord, I am perishing.’ If the darkness of disturbing thoughts comes up, cry out: ‘Lead my soul out of prison.’ If dishonest deeds present themselves and sin leads you to them, pray, ‘Set me, O Lord, in the way’, or ‘do not give up my feet to stumbling.’ If sin takes hold of you and leads you to despair, cry out with the voice of the publican, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ Do this in every circumstance, or simply say often, ‘Lord, have mercy’, ‘Most Holy Theotokos save us”, ‘Holy Angel, my guardian, protect me’, or other such words. Say such prayers as often as possible, always making the effort for them come from your heart, as if squeezed out of it. When we do this, we will frequently ascend to God in our hearts, making frequent petitions and prayers. Such increased frequency will bring about the habit of mental conversation with God.

+ St. Theophan the Recluse, On prayer, Homily 2
Delivered 22 November, 1864
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Soul Saturday is this Saturday 
1/4/21, 06:00 AM
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 for the remainder of this Great Lent:

April 3: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
April 10: 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 visiting our on-line form to submit names or by otherwise contacting Fr. Gregory.
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Silence in Church Please - EVEN IN THE BARN 
31/3/21, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

It is important that we make an effort – a real effort – to refrain from speaking in church. Since we were outside most of the summer we have unfortunately adapted our outside paradigm to church services rather than our church paradigm to being outside. LET'S NOT DO THIS AS WE ARE WORSHIPING IN THE BARN! If one absolutely must have a conversation during the time of the Divine Services this should be done either:

1. In the kiosk area IN VERY HUSHED TONES. The acoustics are excellent in the barn. The choir's beautiful voices carry throughout the space very readily - as do your conversations. :)

2. Outside (but please do not slam the barn door)

3. Most appropriately, unless the conversation involves a life or death situation: at the meal after the Divine Liturgy

4. We ask parents that if they bring toys for their children that these be soft toys that to do not make noise when dropped on the floor.

Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or concerns.
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Weekly Educational Offering - Prepare for the Coming Sunday! 
31/3/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults on the upcoming Sunday's principle Gospel reading so that all can better prepare for the Divine Services. Parents are asked to review the children’s 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: from the writings of Blessed Theophylact

For Youth: from the Antiochian Archdiocese (various age groups)
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Engage with St. Vladimir’s! 
30/3/21, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Yes – even during the pandemic! We give you lots of ways to engage with St. Vladimir’s. Please take advantage of these opportunities – we do this for our parish family so that no matter your situation you can participate in parish life!

ENGAGE WITH ST. VLADIMIR'S

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Monday First Things - Teachings of the Holy Fathers 
29/3/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


“My House shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

Everyone knows that a church calls for reverence, for a collecting of thoughts, for deep thinking about God, and for standing in the presence of God, but who fulfills this? People go to church with a desire to pray, to stand in it for a while with warm fervour; but then thoughts begin to wander, and bargaining begins in one’s head even louder than that which the Lord found in the Jerusalem temple.

Why is this so?

Because the way one stands in church is a reflection of one’s entire life. As people live, so do they behave in church. A church influences and somewhat supports spiritual movements; but then the usual course of one’s spiritual constitution takes over.

Therefore if you want your time in church to consist of worthily standing in the face of the Lord, prepare for this in your ordinary life; walk, as much as you can, in a prayerful frame of mind.

This labour will bring you to the point that in church also you will stand reverently all the time. This reverence will inspire you to be reverent in your ordinary life as well. Thus you will walk ever higher and higher. Say, ‘O Lord, help’ —and begin!

+ St. Theophan the Recluse (Thoughts for Each Day of the Year: According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God)
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We Need Prosphora Bakers 
27/3/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Thank God, with Fr. Joseph joining us we are able to have additional Divine Services at St. Vladimir’s, but that means that we have demand for more prosphora. That is, we need more prosphora bakers! If you would like to learn how to fulfill this blessed duty please contact Fr. Gregory. Your efforts will directly and positively effect our ability to serve the Divine Liturgy more often, which benefits our entire parish family!
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Join us this Sunday! 
26/3/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


All are welcome at St. Vladimir's! Please 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 28, 2021

Due to the pandemic we have guidelines that must be followed. Please find those here:

HELP US KEEP THE PARISH OPEN DURING THE PANDEMIC

Services in the barn (mostly Sunday Liturgies) do not require sign up. All other services (which are held inside the church building) do - including Saturday evening Vigil and the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Sign up here:

DIVINE SERVICES WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2021

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Divine Services Start at 9:30 a.m. 3/26/21 
25/3/21, 10:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The Divine Services on Friday, March 26, 2021 will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts should begin at about 10:30 a.m. The original start time was 8:00 a.m. We ask your forgiveness for this unavoidable change and we ask that you share this with those whom you know, or strongly suspect, were planning to be at the church at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Fr. Gregory
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Weekly Educational Offering - Prepare for the Coming Sunday! 
24/3/21, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults on the upcoming Sunday's principle Gospel reading so that all can better prepare for the Divine Services. Parents are asked to review the children’s 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: from the writings of Blessed Theophylact

For Youth: from the Antiochian Archdiocese (various age groups)
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