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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 
14/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The aim of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, all other labour is useless and all other striving is in vain. Every path of life which does not lead to this is without profit.

+ St. Simeon the New Theologian (Philokalia)
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St. Nikephoros the Leper 
11/9/20, 06:00 PM
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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Join us this Sunday! 
11/9/20, 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, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Due to the pandemic we have guidelines that must be followed. Please find those here:
PARISH PLAN TO EXIT QUARANTINE

ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS OF STEP 5 GUIDELINES

Outdoor services (Sunday Liturgies) do not require sign up. All other services (which are held inside the church building) do - including Saturday evening Vigil. Sign up here:

DIVINE SERVICES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

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Beheading of St. John the Baptist is Thursday & Friday 
10/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Please plan to join us for the of the commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist on September 10 at 6:00 p.m and September 11 at 8:00 a.m. All are welcome! The services will be inside the church, so we ask that you sign up. This allows us to understand the number of people that will attend since we have limited, physically distanced spaces:

SIGN UP TO ATTEND SERVICES - WEEK OF 9/7/20

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Farewell to McPhersons! 
8/9/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Please join us on Sunday, September 13 as we bid farewell to Fr. Moses and his family. Fr. Moses will serve his first Divine Liturgy as Rector of the Protection of the Theotokos parish in Austin, TX on Sunday, September 27. We are very thankful for everything that that McPhersons have done for our parish family and we want to say thank you and wish them all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives! Please plan to join us at St. Vladimir’s on September 13!
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Monday First Things: Teaching of the Holy Fathers 
7/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


“Christians who believe in Christ make the sign of the cross upon themselves, not casually and disrespectfully, but with full attention, care, fear and trembling and all devout respect… For according to the respect each person show to the Cross, so he receives corresponding strength and help from God.”

St. Symeon the New Theologian
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Join us this Sunday! 
4/9/20, 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, SEPTEMBER 5, 2020

Due to the pandemic we have guidelines that must be followed. Please find those here:
PARISH PLAN TO EXIT QUARANTINE

ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS OF STEP 5 GUIDELINES

Outdoor services (Sunday Liturgies) do not require sign up. All other services (which are held inside the church building) do - including Saturday evening Vigil. Sign up here:

DIVINE SERVICES WEEK OF AUGUST 31, 2020

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Commemorations at the Divine Liturgy 
3/9/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The single best way for us to pray for our friends and loved ones is to arrange for them to be remembered at the Divine Liturgy. We serve approximately 130 Divine Liturgies per year, so your friends or loved ones will be prayed for approximately ever three days as a rule at St. Vladimir's. Please visit the page linked below to learn more and to arrange for your friends and loved ones to be commemorated at the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir’s

COMMEMORATIONS AT ST. VLADIMIR'S

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List of Foods most Needed by Food Gatherers 
3/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


What non-perishable food items should we bring to St. Vladimir’s? Food Gatherers makes these suggestions – please help those who are food insecure this Sunday by bringing these (or any) non-perishable food items with you to Liturgy!

INFORMATION TO SHARE

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Shared Calendar of Services & Activities Available! 
2/9/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

St. Vladimir’s Shared Calendar is Available!

See all the services and activities for the rest of the year and even into 2018! Here’s how (this is for Google – other ICAL supported calendars work too):

1. Open Google Calendar.
2. Next to "Other calendars" on the left, click the down arrow.
3. Select Add by URL.
4. Enter the calendar's address in the field provided: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/calendar%40stvladimiraami.org/public/basic.ics
5. Click Add Calendar. The calendar will appear on the left side under "Other calendars."

Note: It might take up to 12 hours for changes to show in your Google Calendar.

Please consider adding our shared calendar to your other calendars so you will always know when the Divine Services are scheduled!

If you would like to see the calendar in HTML please visit this link:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=calendar%40stvladimiraami.org&ctz=America/New_York
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