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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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Pandemic Candle Stand ~  
12/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


Use this to form to have a candle lit at the next Divine Service at St. Vladimirs ~ , - .

Pandemic Candle Stand ~

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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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Church School Year begins September 26 - Register Now!  
10/9/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


The Church School Year will begin on September 26! That day all Church School students are invited to participate in the Akathist to the Theotokos at 5:00 p.m. All classes will be held in person with appropriate pandemic precautions.

You can register your child for Church School here - there is also information about how to contact our Church School Coordinator, Alexandra Pyrozhenko to learn more/with questions:

REGISTER FOR CHURCH SCHOOL NOW!

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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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Pandemic Help 
9/9/20, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


If you need groceries, a ride to the doctor, financial support, pharmaceuticals, to talk to someone so you dont feel so isolated, or ANYTHING AT ALL during the pandemic please reach out to our St. Vladimir Family! And of course, if you need spiritual support! We are here to help! And we want to help!

Email: info@stvladimiraami.org
Phone/SMS: 734-475-4590

And perhaps even more importantly: please tell us if you can PROVIDE the help that we outline above! We need to have a roster of people ready to help that we can call upon when a need is identified.

If we do not pick up the phone please leave a message! We will get right back to you.

Need to have Confession, partake of Holy Communion, or just talk with one of our priests? Please reach out! Fr. Gregory: 734-649-5746 ~ Fr. Moses: 530-591-0416.

Read the whole informational bulletin here with LOTS MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN - CORONAVIRUS

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All English Cycle is this Friday & Saturday 
9/9/20, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory


This Friday & Saturday we hold our all-English cycle of Divine Services at St. Vladimirs. This is a great opportunity to introduce our friends, loved ones, and neighbors to the beauty of the Orthodox Divine Services. But if you keep this secret they wont know. As a rule we are very bad at secrets. Terrible actually. Yet this one we seems to do relatively well at keeping and that is bad! Lets tattle! Lets tell! Lets gossip (sort of)! Dont keep the cure for death that is the Orthodox Faith a secret invite a friend, loved one, neighbor, stranger to our all-English services this weekend!

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

ALL-ENGLISH DIVINE SERVICE SCHEDULE 2020

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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. Vladimirs on September 13!
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Greeter Ministry - Time to Reinvigorate! 
8/9/20, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Converts especially: we are talking to you! Cradle Orthodox are welcome too, but those who have chosen as adults to come to the Holy Church often have a zeal to help others find the True Faith, and have good ideas in this regard about what worked well when they became Orthodox and what didnt. This is a chance to put those hard-learned lessons into practice to help welcome others to St. Vladimirs, and potentially welcome them to the Holy Church!

LEARN MORE/JOIN THE GREETER MINISTRY

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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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