Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
All Saints Orthodox Church Ministries
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Christ Is Born! - Glorify Him!

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Christ the Savor Orthodox Church celebrated our first Holy Day Divine Liturgy as a parish.  Over 25 people came to witness Fr. Joshua Genig celebrate this special day with Great Vespers (with Litya) Saturday evening, and a full Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. 

Congratulations to several of our members who partook in Confession and Holy Communion, and many people who came to witness Orthodoxy at its finest went away with wonderful feelings and a desire to come visit us again.

We want to especially Thank Matushka Abigail and her small choir for a beautiful job singing prayers and responses.  Please enjoy our special message from Fr. Joshua and a few photos we want to publish.

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Eve of the Nativity Great Vespers with Litya .  .  .  .

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A Special Nativity Greeting from Fr. Joshua Genig -

 

"All the Angels in heaven are of good cheer and greatly rejoyce today. The whole creation leaps with Joy for the Savior and Lord is Born in Bethleham."

Dear Friends,
We heard these words sung during Litya on Christmas Eve, and we entered more deeply into the realty of these words as we received the mystery of Christ's body and blood during the Divine Liturgy on the morning of the Nativity.

Indeed, the entire comos - both heaven and earth - rejoice in the babe in the manger, the very icon of hope and peace and love and fresh starts!

May you, too come to know this child, this Jesus, as he wishes to be known.  May you come to see in Him, who made Himself small for us, that our God is a God who is for us and not against us.  May you come to experience His love and His embrace, joyfully loving and embracing Him in return.

That is my prayer for you during this most holy and life-giving Feast!
Fr. Joshua Genig

 

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Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Divine Liturgy .  .  .  .

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Merry Christmas (or how would YOU say it)

For the Nativity of our Lord, there is a specific greeting we hear throughout the community and in various languages. Try to find yours.

RUSYN
Christos Razdajetsja! - Slavite Jeho!
Christ is Born! - Glorify Him!

UKRAINIAN
Khrystos Razhdajetsia! - Slavite Yoho!
Christ is Born! - Glorify Him!

SLOVAK
Vesele Vianoce a Stastlivy Novy Rok!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

POLISH
Wesolych Swiat! Radosnych Swiat i
Blogoslawienstw Bozych w Nowym Roku!
Merry Christmas! - A Joyous Christmas and
Many Blessings in the New Year!

RUSSIAN
Pozdrevlyayu s Prazdnikom Rozhestva is Novim Godom!
Good Wishes of a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

HUNGARIAN
Kellemes Karacsonyt es Boldog Uj Evet!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

CZECH
Vesely Vanoce a Stastny Novy Rok!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Holy Theophany - The Blessing of Our Water!!

On Saturday, January 20, Christ the Savior Orthodox Church was able to celebrate the Holy Theophany  - Blessing of the Waters at our little building.  Fr. Joshua Genig celebrated the Divine Liturgy and subsequent service, then we all got a special blessing (yes, that means we got WET!) followed by taking a few moments and Blessing our new Building.  He braved the stacks of stuff still everywhere (while we are renovating) and was able to Bless Both Floors.  It was truly a Blessed Day for all of us (too many puns?).

Thank  you to all of the folks who braved the weather on a Saturday morning to help us celebrate such a wonderful inspiring Holy Day for our little Misson.  Please take a little time and enjoy some photos and we may have a videographer in our midst - and will post it if it works out (hint hint)

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COCC Sunday Lenten Vespers

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Kursk Root Icon 
 

With the blessing of Archishop PETER (ROCOR - Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America), the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God came to visit our Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (All Saints Mission) Parish on Friday, March 9, 2018 in River Rouge, where will are able to share it with several of our neighbors, community and special guests.
 
Fr. Gregory Joyce, along with our new Interim Rector, Fr. Daneil Shirak led a procession into our building and up to the Chapel as few of us witnessed and participated, then were inspired as we celebrated with an Akathyst and each of us were allowed private moments to adore, pray and feel the positive force that it has been known for many centuries before us.  As Fr. Gregory described some of the history of this Holy Relic, many felt the actual power of miracles and sensations of pious love and energy.  It was such a phenominal experience!   We followed with a small reception, where the conversations were exciting, yet mysterious.  It was a wonderful event, and we all received a small momento of a replica card to take home that was blessed.                                                    Kursk Root Icon
                                                     
This was a very significant event and extreme honor in the life of our small mission parish. Not many Orthodox communities have an opportunity to host the Kursk Root Icon, and  many people come to venerate the Icon and bring their cares, troubles, and even thanks to the Mother of God. We know from the Church’s tradition that she is the greatest intercessor before her Son on our behalf and thus there is great veneration for her among the Christian people.
 
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The Kursk Root Icon (also Our Lady of Kursk) (Russian: Богоматерь Курская Коренная, Bogomater Kurskaya
Korennaya, literally Theotokos of Kursk, Found Among the Roots) is an icon of Theotokos of the Sign, apparently painted in the thirteenth century and discovered in a forest near Kursk ca.1300.

The icon was preserved in the Black Hermitage of the Roots
(Chornaya Korennaya Pustyn), an abbey founded on the spot of its discovery. It was regularly brought from the abbey to Kurskin a great procession involving thousands of peasants and pilgrims. This ceremony is depicted in the famous painting by Ilya Repin; see Religious Procession in Kursk Province.

The icon actually incorporates as many as twelve figures on it:
Theotokos, Infant Christ, God the Father above them (with the Holy Spirit as a dove) and nine Old Testament prophets. The image of Theotokos belongs to the Panagia type. It was regarded as a palladion of the Russian Imperial Army. After the Russian Revolution, the icon was brought by the White Army outside of Russia, where it is now held in New-York by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
The monastery near Kursk where the icon was held was formerly very rich and hosted one of the largest fairs in Imperial Russia. During the Soviet period the monastery cathedral (designed by Konstantin Thon) was demolished; restoration works are planned.
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And a Special Greeting from our New Interim Rector
Fr. Daneil Shirak
Fr. Daneil Shirak
Fr. Daneil Shirak

Dear Parishioners and friends of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church;

    I am sure all of you have probably seen the web page announcement by now.  I am Father Daneil Shirak.  I have been asked to assume the duties of interim rector of Christ the Savior.  I would like to ask each and every one of you who takes the time to read this to come and have a meet and greet at the church.  I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of the parishioners and praying that together we can make wonderful things happen at this mission church.

   We plan on adding a full range of services at the church, starting with Vespers on Saturday and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday.  We may add more as we move forward, like the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, and other services that are only available to the Orthodox Church.

   If you have been here before, we welcome you back!  If you haven’t been here before, come check us out.  You may love what you see.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Your Servant in Jesus Christ;

Fr. Daneil 

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Please Come to Welcome Our New Fr. Daneil Shirak
Fr. Daneil Shirak
Fr. Daneil Shirak
Fr. Daneil Shirak

Glory to Jesus Christ!

What a fantastic year it has been for us already.  After so many years of praying and working hard for our mission , we now have a building and a wonderful pious man, who wants to be our First Full Time Interim Rector.

By the Glory of God and the generosity of Our Archbishop PETER, Fr. Gregory Joyce and Fr. Roman Starr, we are pleased to welcome Fr. Daneil Shirak to our Mission Parish (effective immediately), and he will be celebrating his first Divine Litugy on Sunday, March 4, 2018 (St. Gregory Palamas), and we are preparing a Full Time Schedule of services, events and minitstries.

Fr. Daneil (pronounced Da-Neal) Shirak has been a lifelong Orthodox Christian, BaptizedChristimated at St. Michael Russian Orthodox Church (on Livernois in Detroit - now in Redford) and grew up in the Holy Ghost parish.  Son of a Detroit Fireman and loving mother, he always had a deep passion for the Orthodox Faith.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Debra and had 3 children.

He was ordained to the Deaconate in 1989 by Bishop CLEMENT, and served (and even promoted to Proto-Deacon) for 22 years at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford. On July 22, 2011, Archbishop JUSTINIAN ordained him to the Priesthood, where he continued his Holy Orders at St. Innocent, and was very busy due to the demands of Fr. Roman's regorous schedule (as Dean of the Central States and his responsibilities to many important programs in our Detroit Orthodoxy).  Fr.Daneil's faithful service had been of enormous assistance and a great blessing to their parish, and now Fr. Roman is helping Fr. Daneil to fulfill his dream/destiny to minister a parish of his own.  In several meetings with Fr. Gregory Joyce and Starosta, Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar, he already has become involved with many ideas and inspriations, helping to direct our mission parish toward the needs of our small group and surrounding Southwest Detroit - Dearborn - Downriver Community.  We are all excited to have him agree to join us..

Fr. Daneil currently lives in Taylor, Michigan with his wife, Matushka Debra and their adult daughter, Corrina.  Thay also have two adult sons, four grandchildren, and a brand new Great Grandchild!

(photo and references for biography from stinnocentchurch.com)

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March 4, 2018 - Our First Day With Fr. Daneil -

 

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Mission Core Group - Mission Statement

We consider ourselves a Mission Group of dedicated and energetic Orthodox Christians who feel that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and want to spread the love and compassion of God’s Will through prayer and celebration.