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April 21, 2016:
Chairman of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation Makes Official Visit to Koh Phangan

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April 20, 2016:
Metropolitan Sergius of Barnaul & Altay Visit Trinity Church of Phuket

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April 15, 2016:
Next Issue of "The Christian World of Asia" Released

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April 08, 2016:
Monastic vows taken at Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi Province

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April 03, 2016:
Lao Translation & Publication of "Law of God" is Completed

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March 24, 2016:
Vist of Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) to Russia

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March 23, 2016:
Opening ceremony of an photo exhibition of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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March 20, 2016:
Memorial Service for Victims of the Plane Crash in Russia

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March 09, 2016:
Icon written for the chapel in honor of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk on Koh Chang

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March 06, 2016:
A Thai Citizen is Baptized on Phuket

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21 April 2016

Chairman of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation Makes Official Visit to Koh Phangan

The chairman of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation, Archpriest Danai (Daniel) Wanna, made an official visit to Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province where the local Land Department has agreed to the sale of a plot of land on the island for the construction of an Orthodox church there in honor of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov, the Wonderworker of All Russia. Once constructed, this church will be the 10th Orthodox temple on Thai soil. The size of the plot of land is 1376 sq.m., and it is located in the administrative center of the island in the town of Thong Sala, only a short a distance of 2 kilometers from the seaside pier and furthermore at the intersection of two roads leading to the beaches and resorts of the island. The total value of the land (including purchase tax) amounted to 3,829,000 Thai baht (approx. 110,000 US dollars.). After the appropriate documentation becomes available and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia grants permission for the construction of the new temple, construction work is expected to begin. The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), blessed the proposal of a construction company, and the corresponding contract for construction work will be reviewed and signed shortly. The proposed construction will take place during 2016-2017. The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand and the Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation expressed sincere gratitude to the philanthropists and donors who provided funds for the purchase of land for an Orthodox church on Koh Phangan, and everyone who has expressed support for the new project.

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Photo: Koh Phangan

20 April 2016

Metropolitan Sergius of Barnaul & Altay Visit Trinity Church of Phuket

Metropolitan Sergius of Barnaul and Altay visited the Trinity Parish of Phuket. On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church Representative in Thailand - Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) - the metropolitan was welcomed by the parish rector, Fr. Roman Bychkov. During his visit, Vladyka participated in the baptism of baby Euphemia as her godfather. After the baptism, a tea party was arranged in the parish rectory. On this occasion, the esteemed guest visited the building under construction, a religious school, and looked on with interest. As well, he blessed the Thai workers and was very glad that a center of spiritual education will be opened in Southeast Asia. In parting, Bishop Sergius gifted the parish magazines and calendars produced by his Altay diocese, and Fr Roman Bychkov gifted His Beatitude a Russian-Thai prayer book and a book by Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), "The history of Christianity in Thailand."

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Photo: Metropolitan Sergius of Barnaul & Altay

15 April 2016

Next Issue of "The Christian World of Asia" Released

The next issue of "The Christian World of Asia" publication has now been published and is dedicated to the coming feast of Pascha. This issue focuses on the selfless service of women in the Church, and because this publication is dedicated to Pascha, the theme is centered on "the Sepulchre". Here you can find the sketches of the incarnation of the image-bearing women in the works of literature and art and, more importantly, the story of modern bearers of the Orthodox Churches in Thailand and Cambodia - spouses or, as they say, "Mothers," of the the mission clergy. The always interesting & regular contributor to the magazine - the head of All-Saints temple in Pattaya - Mr. Ilyin shared some aspects of church life. In the article "Victim or Mercy", he discusses donations to the churches. There is also a very interesting exclusive interview with the famous film & theater actor Dmitry Dyuzheva, in which he talks about the importance of Christian values. This issue is also richly illustrated with interesting photographs: it contains historical depictions and personal sketches. One of these historical sketches is devoted to the beginning of the current Orthodox mission in Thailand. The magazine "The Christian World of Asia" is published with the blessing of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). A special word of thanks to the board, under the leadership of Priest Alexei Golovin, which attracted many interesting authors. This issue's circulation is 1000 copies, which will be distributed to the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Southeast Asia.

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Photo: The next issue of "The Christian World of Asia"

08 April 2016

Monastic vows taken at Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi Province

With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand, visited the Holy Dormition male monastic community in Ratchaburi. Before the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified at the monastery, Tonghama (Anthony) Phiasayavonga, a Lao citizen and a deacon at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok, made monastic vows into the minor schema. In monasticism, Father Deacon Antony took the name of Micah, in honor of Venerable Micah of Radonezh, the disciple of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh. The tonsure was performed by Hieromonk Seraphim (Vasiliev), confessor of the official Representative Archimandrite Oleg, and Hieromonk Alexander (Vashchenko), clerics of All Saints temple in Pattaya. Thereafter, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Hieromonk Seraphim (Vasiliev), Father Roman Bychkov, rector of Holy Life-giving Trinity Church in Phuket, and Father Andrey Ivaschenko, rector of the Royal Martyrs Church in Hua Hin. After the tonsure ceremony, Archimandrite Oleg gave an edifying talk to Hierodeacon Micah about the monastic life.

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Photo: Tonsure of Hierodeacon Tonghama (Anthony) Phiasayavonga at Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi (08.04.2016)

03 April 2016

Lao Translation & Publication of "Law of God" is Completed

On the Sunday of the Cross, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, which has spiritual care over Orthodox believers in Cambodia and Laos, completed a two-year work on the translation of the "Law of God" text into the Lao language. Translation of "Act of God" in the Lao language was completed by the deacon of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok: Hierodeacon Tongham (Anthony) Phiasayavong. A native Laotian who has completed the full course of the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, Hierodeacon Anthony is the first Orthodox cleric from his country. The total revision of publication was done with the blessing of the official Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand: archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). Organizational, technical and financial support came from the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. In total, 500 copies of the "Law of God" have been published for Lao believers. Following the publication of the "Law of God" in Thai, the translation and publication of the basics of the Orthodox faith in Lao are the direct fulfillment of wishes and blessings of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia; even when he was Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, he drew attention to the absence of doctrinal literature in local languages. Recognizing the work done for the good of the Church by translating and publishing the Lao edition of the "Law of God", the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) sent a report with a report to the hierarchy, requesting that Hierodeacon Tonghama (Anthony) Phiasayavonga be awarded a medal of the Russian Orthodox Church. In addition, Father Anthony was gifted a laptop and a commendation for his important work.

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Photo: The Lao translation of the "Law of God"

24 March 2016

Vist of Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) to Russia

The new head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Foreign Institututes of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bishop Anthony Bogorodsky, received in Moscow the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand: Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). A thorough discussion was had on the situation of religious affairs in the region; furthermore, participants considered the results of 2015 and outlined additional prospects of development of Orthodoxy in the countries belonging to the spiritual care of the mission. Plans were approved and adopted for the buildings of charges in 2016-2017, and agreements were made about the candidates for diaconal & sacerdotal ordination. Particular attention was paid to the forthcoming opening of Phuket's Orthodox Theological School and the need for cooperation with the Training Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church. In addition, the pre-announced date pastoral visit of His Lordship to Thailand - probably in October 2016.

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Photo: Bishop Anthony, Head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Foreign Institutes of the Russian Orthodox Church

23 March 2016

Opening ceremony of an photo exhibition of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

At the invitation of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Thailand, K.M.Barskogo, and the blessing of Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Hieromonk Seraphim (Vasiliev) and Mikhail de Valérie, Deputy Chairman of the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Cathedral Bangkok, participated in the opening ceremony of an exhibition of photographs of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Photo: Russian Ambassador to Thailand K.M.Barsky, Hieromonk Seraphim (Vasiliev), and Mikhail de Valérie

20 March 2016

Memorial Service for Victims of the Plane Crash in Russia

After the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the Saint Nicholas Cathedral clergy held a memorial service for those killed in the plane crash at the Rostov-on-Don airport. Believers remembered in prayer the 62 victims - 55 passengers & 7 crew members of the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying from Dubai. Memorial services and prayers were offered for the victims of the crash in all Orthodox temples in Thailand and Cambodia.

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Photo: Wreckage of the plane

09 March 2016

Icon written for the chapel in honor of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk on Koh Chang

Construction work continues on the chapel in honour of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk at the Church of the venerable Saint Sergius of Radonezh on Koh Chang (Trat Province). In this regard, the island has been sanctified by the presence of the icon of St. Tikhon. This icon was commissioned by the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and painted by rector of Trinity Church in Phuket, Father Roman Bychkov. Upon completion of the chapel, the icon will be installed the chapel for veneration of the Orthodox faithful.

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Photo: Icon of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk on Koh Chang

06 March 2016

A Thai Citizen is Baptized on Phuket

06 March 2016 Another Thai citizen, Solomon Ryangsri, became an Orthodox Christian at the Holy Trinity parish in Phuket. According to the parish website, Solomon Ryangsri spent more than a month undergoing catechesis with the parish priest, Fr. Roman Bychkov. He regularly visited the parish church on Sundays and prayed during the liturgy. According to Solomon, he has been preparing more than 16 years to take this step and has been interested in Christianity for a long time. Several years ago, thanks to Orthodox.or.th, Solomon learned about Orthodoxy. Now, he is a member of the Church of Christ.

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Photo: Baptism of Solomon Ryangsri on 06.03.2016 (by Matushka Kseniya)

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