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October 01, 2014:
A Meeting With the New Russian Ambassador to Thailand.

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September 04, 2014:
Orthodox church construction in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

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August 28, 2014:
Thai English newspaper published an interview with archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin).

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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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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.

22 June 2014

Saint Sergius of Radonezh 700th anniversary of birth will be celebrated in Thailand.

Храм во имя Свт. и Чудотворца Николая, Архиепископа Мир Ликийских (гор. Бангкок, Королевство Таиланд)

Celebration of the 700th anniversary of birth of saint Sergius of Radonezh will take place on 18 July 2014, Friday at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand:

26‐28, Soi Wachiratham Sathit 36,
Sukhumvit Soi 101/1, Bangchak,
Prakanong, Bangkok

Festive program:

Tel. for information – 087-607-37-60 (Ivan)


14 December 2013

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS 2013/2014

Icon of the Nativity of Christ

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
FOR CHRISTMAS 2013/2014



Saint Nicholas church in Bangkok
(19, Sukhothai Soi 3, Dusit, 10300, Bangkok, Thailand)

06 January 2014. Monday. Christmas Eve.

   All-night Vigil (Great Compline, Matins, 1-Hour) --------- 22.00

07 January 2014. Tuesday. (Night from 6th to 7th January 2014)

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

   DIVINE LITURGY ------- 00.00

   Confession will start from 20.00, 6th January.



All-Saints Church in Pattaya
(Naklya, soi 16)

06 January 2014. Monday. Christmas Eve.

   All-night vigil (Great Compline, Matins, 1-Hour) --------- 22.00

07 January 2014. Tuesday. (Night from 6th to 7th January 2014)

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

   DIVINE LITURGY ------- 00.00

   Confession will start from 20.00, 6th January.



PROTECTION OF MOTHER OF GOD CHURCH IN PATTAYA
(Baan Dusit Pattaya Lake / «Russian village»)

06 January 2014. Monday. Christmas Eve.

   All-night vigil (Great Compline, Matins, 1-Hour) --------- 22.00

07 January 2014. Tuesday (Night from 6th to 7th January 2014)

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

   DIVINE LITURGY ------- 00.00

   Confession will start from 20.00, 6th January.



HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN PHUKET

06 January 2014. Monday. Christmas Eve.

   All-night vigil (Great Compline, Matins, 1-Hour) --------- 16.00

07 January 2014. Tuesday (Night from 6th to 7th January 2014).

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

   DIVINE LITURGY ------- 00.00

   Confession will begin on 6th January after All-night vigil.



HOLY ASCENSION CHURCH IN SAMUI

06 January 2014. Monday. Christmas Eve.

   All-night vigil (Great Compline, Matins, 1-Hour) --------- 22.00

07 January 2014. Tuesday (Night from 6th to 7th January 2014)

NATIVITY OF CHRIST

   DIVINE LITURGY ------- 00.00

   Confession will start from 20.00, 6th January.



HOLY DORMITION OF MOTHER OF GOD MONASTIC COMMUNITY IN RATCHABURI

Festive service will be performed on 8 January 2014 at 9.30 a.m.


09 November 2013

Orthodox monastery flooded in Thailand.

The heavy rain has flooded an Orthodox Christian monastery in the Thai province of Ratchaburi.

The water level in the monastery has reached 70 centimeters. Although it has now stopped raining, the water level continues to rise, the office of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand has reported.

"Considerable surface damage of the buildings is probable. The supply lines, including the sewage system, have been damaged. Electricity is off. There is a direct threat to the community garden, grass, bushes, and some types of trees, for which a large amount of water can be harmful. The garden was under the special care of the monks and pilgrims always admired its beauty," the report says.

Flood in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi (09.11.2013)
In the photo: Flood in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi (09.11.2013).

The damage to the monastery is estimated at between $10,000 and $20,000 if the water levels begin to fall and the costs will be much higher if the water levels continue to rise.

The monks and monastery workers living in the monastery are doing everything possible to improve the situation. Some monastery workers from Russia, who are temporarily living in the community, have postponed their departure and will stay in Ratchaburi until the work to deal with the aftermath of the natural calamity is completed.

Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, who represents the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, has called on his flock to provide financial and physical assistance to the monastery.

Flood in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi (09.11.2013)
In the photo: Flood in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi (09.11.2013).

11 July 2013

Saint Panteleimon Orthodox parish helps a medical clinic in Cambodia.

Believers of St. Panteleimon Orthodox parish (Moscow Patriarchate) from Sihanoukville town in Cambodia have collected funds and bought a supply of medicine for a free local clinic that helps snake bite victims. Most of clinic's patients are impoverished local residents and it is in urgent need of help. Clinic's management sent a letter of gratitude to Sihanoukville parish for their support.

A gift of medical supplies from Sihanoukville's St.Panteleimon parish to a free clinic for snake bite victims A letter of gratitude to the parish
A gift of medical supplies from Sihanoukville's St. Panteleimon parish to a free clinic for snake bite victims. A letter of gratitude to the parish form the clinic.

08 July 2013

Official notice on the health of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin)

Orthodox Church in Thailand insignia

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND PRESS OFFICE

***
19 Sukhothai Soi 3, Sukhothai Road,
Dusit, 10300, Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand.
Tel.+(66) 81-7325021

Because of many inquiries from the Orthodox Christians in Thailand and nearby countries with concern about the health of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, the Representation in Thailand is making an official statement to explain the situation:

On June 30, 2013, during father Oleg's visit to Hua Hin town, where a new Orthodox church is planned to be built, he had an attack of fever and high temperature. Father was taken to a nearby Hua Hin Bangkok Hospital for emergency treatment. Since blood samples showed a highly negative result, it was decided to move him urgently to Bangkok city.

Full-scale medical tests confirmed the diagnosis – dengue fever 3rd type. There was a danger that the infection might lead to a toxic shock syndrome, and the doctors insisted on keeping father Oleg in bed, providing intensive treatment as well as limiting any visitors and even phone calls or emails.

Thanks to the high level of medical services the disease was cured in 10 days. Archimandrite Oleg was allowed to move home, but prescribed to stay in bed and to limit work activities until he is fully recovered.

Father Oleg asks everyone not to worry about his hospital bills, which are covered by his Thai insurance plan, as well as any excess payments.

Archimandrite Oleg apologies to all whom he was not able to visit during those days. He thanks everyone for showing him true Christian love and care and invokes on them God's blessing.

This month archimandrite Oleg has scheduled visits to Samui and Phuket islands in Thailand, as well as to Indonesia, Laos and, if circumstances allow, Cambodia. Thus there are no grounds for any special concern about his health at the moment. Yet, constant prayers about his wellness are very welcome.

PRESS OFFICE OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND


23 June 2013

Pentecost celebration on Phuket.

Pentecost, the Day of the Holy Trinity, is a special celebration for the church on Phuket, which is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, personally came to Phuket to lead the festivities this year. He administered a celebratory service, together with priest Roman Bychkov, the priest in charge of the Holy Trinity Church. After the Liturgy there was traditional Vespers service with kneeling prayers, and a procession with the cross around the church building.

Communion during a celebratory Liturgy
In the photo: Communion during a celebratory Liturgy.

In his sermon father Oleg reminded everyone that the power of the Holy Spirit always acts in the Church, not weakening since the day of Pentecost. He read a piece from the Gospel in Thai language for the Thais attending the service.

Archimandrite Oleg also awarded two Phuket residents with a honorary token For a good cause, issued by Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. Mr. Wittawat Kasayapanand got the award for his constant economic and household support of the Phuket church, and Elena Mityashina was awarded for her labors in running the Sunday school.

Vespers service with kneeling prayers
In the photo: Vespers service with kneeling prayers.

Priest Roman Bychkov received a letter of gratitude for his proper care of the parishioners and for keeping the church and other buildings in ideal conditions.

After the service parishioners organized a banquet.


21 June 2013

A message by archbishop Mark of Egorievsk.

His Excellency Mark, archbishop of Yegorievsk, the head of the Department for Foreign Institutions of Moscow Patriarchate, sent a letter to archimandrite Oleg, the Orthodox Representative in Thailand. Archbishop congratulated him with the opening of the new church on Samui island. «I was very glad to hear about the consecration of the new Ascension Church,» he wrote, «And I ask you to thank everyone who took part in this noble cause».

The archbishop says he is confident that the new church «will be sought-after by people and will be a place of constant prayers for everyone, who seeks a consolation of Christ». He concluded his message by invoking God's blessing upon all the believers in Thailand.

His Excellency MARK, archbishop of Yegorievsk, a vicar of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
In the photo: His Excellency MARK, archbishop of Yegorievsk, a vicar of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.


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