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August 28, 2014:
Holy Dormition monastic community in Ratchaburi celebrates its Feast.

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August 26, 2014:
A plot of land purchased for a new Orthodox church in Chiang Mai.

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August 17, 2014:
Two Cambodian Citizens Receive Baptism in Thailand.

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August 13, 2014:
New Primate for Ukrainian Orthodox Church is elected.

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August 09, 2014:
ROC Representative in Thailand, visits Hua Hin City.

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August 05, 2014:
Russian Orthodox Church Representative Visits the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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August 03, 2014:
New Cleric for the Orthodox Church in Thailand and Cambodia.

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August 02, 2014:
Emergency aid Received.

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July 31, 2014:
Archimandrite Oleg, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visits Chiang Mai.

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July 30, 2014:
A citizen of UK was received into Orthodoxy.

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28 August 2014

Holy Dormition monastic community in Ratchaburi celebrates its Feast.

The Feast of the Holy Dormition was celebrated in the monastic community bearing the name of this important event. Traditionally, all Orthodox Christians from all over Thailand make a pilgrimage to the monastery. This great feast drew such a large crowd that many pilgrims had to pray outside the church. Pilgrims also arrived from Cambodia.

The Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Holy Dormition of Our Lady in the male monastic community of Ratchaburi (2014)
In the photo: The Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Holy Dormition of Our Lady in the male monastic community of Ratchaburi (2014).

The Divine Liturgy was led by archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand, assisted by priest Daniel Wanna, rector of All-Saints church in Pattaya and the Chairman of the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. They were also assisted by hieromonk Paisius Ipate, priest for the Orthodox parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Cambodia. During the service, archimandrite Oleg preached to the pilgrims and thanked the inhabitants for their unceasing prayers and work concerning the maintenance of the monastery.

Pilgrims during the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Dormition
In the photo: Pilgrims during the Divine Liturgy of the Holy Dormition.

After the Divine Liturgy there was a procession with the cross around the temple featuring Shrine of Our Lady. Believers had the opportunity to worship and reverence the sacred Iberian icon of the Mother of God in the chapel near the church. They were also able to reverence the many temple relics and pay their respects to the deceased buried in the monastery cemetery.

The procession around the church of the Holy Dormition (Ratchaburi, Thailand)
In the photo: The procession around the church of the Holy Dormition (Ratchaburi, Thailand).

Benefactors worked hard to help arrange this pilgrimage: "Russian House" company provided the free transportation to the pilgrims, while the Pattaya restaurant “8 Horseshoes” provided all the pilgrims with free food.

The celebration of the Holy Dormition of Our Lady, ‘Theotokos’, in the monastic community of Ratchaburi is becoming an increasingly important annual event in the life of the Orthodox faithful in Thailand. It helps to unite the various Orthodox parishes in Thailand and Cambodia and radiates the joy of joint spiritual communion and prayer.


26 August 2014

A plot of land purchased for a new Orthodox church in Chiang Mai.

With the blessing of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand, archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, Fr. Danai (Daniel) Wanna, Chairman of the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand visited the city of Chiang Mai in the northern Thailand, and purchased a plot of land for the construction of an Orthodox church and associated property.

The plot measures 532 square metres, sufficient for the construction of an Orthodox Temple. The site is located in the central part of the city, adjacent to the historic centre of Chiang Mai, which should encourage many people to visit the church.

The plot of land that was purchased
In the photo: The plot of land that was purchased.

As 2015 is a jubilee dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the repose of Saint Vladimir, Baptist and Apostle of Russia, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand presented the case to the Church hierarchy that the new temple be dedicated in honour of Saint Vladimir. If possible the church should be constructed before the end of 2015.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox church and the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand praised God for his mercy and cordially thanked all donors and benefactors who supported this initiative in Chiang Mai concerning the construction of a new Orthodox Church, for without them this would not have been possible.

Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin requested Fr. Roman Bychkov (acting Rector of Holy Trinity church in Phuket), to prepare several sketch options of a future church in Chiang Mai for consideration by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Sketch of the desired outcome regarding the construction of a new Orthodox Church in Chiang Mai
In the photo: Sketch of the desired outcome regarding the construction of a new Orthodox Church in Chiang Mai.

The local community of believers in Chiang Mai is blessed to elect the local parish administration.

The accounts regarding income and expenditure for this project will be displayed on the official website of the Orthodox Church in Thailand (Moscow Patriarchate) - www.orthodox.or.th.


17 August 2014

Two Cambodian Citizens Receive Baptism in Thailand.

On the 17th August, 2014, at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Bangkok, two citizens of Cambodia received the sacrament of Baptism. Chamnann Pech and Lone Prom took as their Baptismal names Cyril and Alexander. With the blessing of archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand, the Baptism was conducted by priest Ian Nield, a cleric serving in the Diocese of New Zealand and Australia under the Patriarchate of Antioch. The Baptism took place in the baptismal chapel dedicated to the Matrona of Moscow, located within the Cathedral. Chamnan and Lone spent several months preparing for their Baptism by receiving catechesis and by becoming acquainted with the basic teachings of Orthodoxy. They also participated in daily worship.

Having accepted the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church, the newly baptised expressed a strong desire to deepen their knowledge of Orthodoxy and continue their education in one of the theological schools in Russia.

Mr. Chamnann PECH Reference: Mr. PECH Chamnann was born on the 22nd May, 1980, in the province of Kompong Cham. In 1996, after graduating from high school, he entered the Royal University of Phnom Penh before serving in the army. He worked in commercial companies, as well as non-profit and governmental organisations. In 2014, he moved to Bangkok and attended catechesis at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Bangkok. He received Baptism taking the name Kirill after Saint Cyril, the Slovenian teacher.

Mr. Lone PROM Mr. PROM Lone was born on the 1st February, 1986, in the province of Koh Kong. After graduating from high school in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in 2007, he enrolled at the National University of Management. He spent some years working in a commercial company until 2014, when he became a resident at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, receiving catechesis. He received Baptism on the 17th August, 2014, taking the name Alexander.


13 August 2014

New Primate for Ukrainian Orthodox Church is elected.

On the 13th August 2014, results of the election for the new Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine, were announced. It was the decision of the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to elect Metropolitan Onufrius of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna as Primate of the Ukranian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). He received 48 votes from the Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the second round.

Metropolitan Onufrius of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna elected Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
In the photo: Metropolitan Onufrius of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna elected Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Voting results after the first round of voting were as follows: Onufrius, Metropolitan of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna - 36 votes; Anthony, Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovary - 24 votes; Simeon, Metropolitan Vinnitsa and Mogilev-Podolsky - 9 votes.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, congratulated Metropolitan Onufrius after his election and he affirmed the decision of the Ukrainian Orthodox Episcopal Council thereby giving his blessing for Metropolitan Onufrius’ inauguration.

from Patriarchia.ru


09 August 2014

ROC Representative in Thailand, visits Hua Hin City.

From 6th to the 9th August, 2014, archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, (Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand), visited the city of Hua Hin, situated in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. During the visit, he became acquainted with the ongoing construction of the church of Holy Royal Martyrs, which is being built now in this city. Fr. Oleg observed that certain elements of the ongoing construction had been completed including the internal plastering of the first and second floors. Partially completed elements included the communication system and roof tile work. Archimandrite Oleg discussed a number of issues with the builders concerning the work’s completion as this involved a separate contractor. Such issues included the concrete dome, decorative ornaments, reliquaries, icons and altar supplies.

The main purpose of Fr Oleg’s visit to Hua Hin was to address the need for additional work outside the budget. This additional work exceeded the original estimate made for the construction work. The construction of a raised road beside the church measuring more than one metre in height would potentially pose flood threats throughout the rainy season. Consequently Fr. Oleg approved a decision to raise the land level of the construction to 1.2 metres. This suggestion had been raised by the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand and required an additional allocation of 1,800,000 baht. The suggestion was blessed by archimandrite Oleg during this important visit.

Completion of all church construction and landscaping is expected by December 2014.

Church of Holy Royal Martyrs construction in Huahin (Aug. 2014) Church of Holy Royal Martyrs construction in Huahin (Aug. 2014)
In the photo: Church of Holy Royal Martyrs construction in Huahin (Aug. 2014).

05 August 2014

Russian Orthodox Church Representative Visits the Kingdom of Cambodia.

With the blessing of His Eminence archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, Head of the Department for Foreign Institutions of Russian Orthodox Church, archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, made a visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from the 3rd to the 4th August 2014.

An meeting took place at the residence of the Russian Ambassador in Cambodia on the evening of the 3rd August between archimandrite Oleg and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Cambodia Mr. Tsvetkov D.U. During the meeting with the Ambassador, archimandrite Oleg discussed plans for the construction of Orthodox life in Cambodia and proposals for the building of churches and associated properties. The Ambassador responded by thanking fr. Oleg for the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church in its provision for the spiritual care of Russian citizens. Fr. Oleg responded by thanking Mr. Tsvetkov for his understanding and support of these church initiatives.

Also participating in the meeting was hieromonk Paisius (Ipate), who was introduced to the Ambassador by archimandrite Oleg as the priest who would be responsible for serving the parishes in Cambodia.

On the 4th August 2014, archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin presided at a meeting of the Orthodox Christian Church of Cambodia (Moscow Patriarchate), introducing hieromonk Paisius (Ipate). The meeting addressed considerations for the construction of Orthodox churches in Cambodia in addition to a number of financial, economic and executive issues. Archimandrite Oleg also blessed a proposal to publish relevant information on the website "Orthodoxy in Cambodia".


03 August 2014

New Cleric for the Orthodox Church in Thailand and Cambodia.

The Head of the Department for Foreign Institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, has approved the appointment of hieromonk Paisius Ipate to serve in Thailand. From the 1st August 2014, fr. Paisius was temporarily assigned as an assistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Hieromonk Paisius is also responsible for the pastoral care of the Orthodox parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Kingdom of Cambodia. After a six month month probation period, fr. Paisius will be considered by the Russian Orthodox Church for appointment as permanent hieromonk to Cambodia, based on his achievements.

hieromonk Paisius Ipate

Reference: Fr. Paisius (Iurie Ipate) was born on the 26th May, 1980 in the village of Peren, in the Republic of Moldova.

In 1998 he received the monastic tonsure in the monastery of Saint George in Moldova.

In the same year he was ordained deacon before being ordained to the priesthood in the year 2000.

He was awarded the right to wear the nabedrennik and pectoral cross.

In 2006 he commenced studies in the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bucharest in Romania. In 2009, he received a bachelor's degree, and in 2011 a master's degree. He is currently completing a doctorate at the same university.


02 August 2014

Emergency aid Received.

Following the blessing of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand urgently addressed a local emergency. The situation was that of providing emergency financial assistance to Mr Rizwan Rafique, so that that his son, Abishay Rizwan, might undergo emergency surgery.

After reviewing the medical report from the ‘Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health Children’s Hospital’, given the difficult financial situation of the applicant, bearing refugee status, the evidence provided by the staff of Saint Nicholas’ Cathedral in Bangkok, personally familiar with the position of the aforementioned family, The Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand decided to provide financial assistant to the applicant.

According to protopriest Daniel (Danai) Wanna, Chairman of the Foundation Committee, a letter of guarantee was provided from the Foundation containing fund entitlements and the full price of the surgery.

In accordance with regulations on the provision of social medical financial assistance details of diagnosis and the nature of the surgery may not be disclosed.

Abishai Rizwan in the ‘Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health Children’s Hospital’Thailand’ in anticipation of surgery
In the photo: Abishai Rizwan in the ‘Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health Children’s Hospital’Thailand’ in anticipation of surgery.

31 July 2014

Archimandrite Oleg, Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visits Chiang Mai.

As part of the ongoing development of the Orthodox Church in Thailand and Cambodia, (directed and approved by the Moscow Patriarchate Assembly for 2014), archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin visited the “northern capital” of Thailand, the great city of Chiang Mai from 29th to 31st July.

The purpose of the visit was twofold. Firstly, to examine the living conditions of the Orthodox faithful and secondly to explore the possibility of acquiring some land, which could then be used for the construction of a new Orthodox church and any associated Church properties.

F.r Oleg paid careful attention to the various proposals that were on offer before browsing the legal documentation that is required before any transactions can occur. Local laws are quite specific regarding the construction of religious buildings in the city. During such expeditions it is customary for representatives of the Orthodox Church to be accompanied by lawyers with an expertise in these matters.

The conclusion of the visit resulted in three separate land sites being selected for scrutiny by the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. This body is responsible for assessing the proposed sites before choosing the most suitable. Once accomplished, a concrete proposal for the construction of a new Orthodox church would then be forwarded to the Office of the ‘Department for Foreign Institutions of Moscow Patriarchate’ before finally receiving the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and the Whole Russia.

Given that 2015 marks the 1000th anniversary of the death of the great equal of the apostles prince Vladimir, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand suggested that the new region of Chiang Mai be placed under his patronage with the name of the new church being that of Saint Vladimir the Grand Duke.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, 700 km north of Bangkok. It is located in the mountains on the Ping River, tributary of the Chao Praya River. 90 km west of the city is the highest mountain in Thailand known as ‘Doyinthanon’. Chiang Mai is an ancient cultural centre of Thailand and is one of its main tourist attractions. The city also features the prestigious higher education institute of Chiangmai University.

Reference: Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, 700 km north of Bangkok. It is located in the mountains on the Ping River, tributary of the Chao Praya River. 90 km west of the city is the highest mountain in Thailand known as ‘Doyinthanon’. Chiang Mai is an ancient cultural centre of Thailand and is one of its main tourist attractions. The city also features the prestigious higher education institute of Chiangmai University.

Chiang Mai Province, the Kingdom of Thailand
In the photo: Chiang Mai Province, the Kingdom of Thailand.

30 July 2014

A citizen of UK was received into Orthodoxy.

On Wednesday 30th July, 2014, Mr. Andrew Snape, a citizen of UK was received into the Orthodox Faith at the monastery of the Holy Dormition of Mother of God in Ratchaburi province. Having already received a Baptism in the Roman Catholic Church, Andrew received the sacrament of Chrismation by hieromonk Paisius (Ipate) officiating with the blessing of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). Before this event, Andrew spent a week at the Cathedral parish of Saint Nicolas in Bangkok, receiving guidance on Orthodoxy. Prior to his conversion, he had some experience of Orthodoxy in England and at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Phuket, Thailand.

Currently working as the primary music teacher at the international school in Phuket, having previously taught in England, Myanmar and Bangkok, Andrew hopes to deepen his commitment to the Orthodox way of life step by step.

Mr. Andrew Snape after receiving into the Orthodox Faith at the Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi (Thailand)
In the photo: Andrew Snape after having been received into the Orthodox Faith at the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi.

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