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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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New Primate for Ukrainian Orthodox Church is elected.

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ROC Representative in Thailand, visits Hua Hin City.

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28 August 2012

PATRONAL FEAST OF THE HOLY DORMITION MONASTERY IN RATCHABURI.

August 28 the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi celebrated its patronal feast day. From early morning pilgrims from different parishes in Thailand began arriving at the monastery, especially numerous were the groups from Bangkok and Pattaya.

Holy Dormition Monastery in the province of Ratchaburi

By local tradition ​​all the priests, serving in Thailand, concelebrated Divine Liturgy. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand presided. During the reading of the 3rd and 6th hours the sacrament of Confession was offered in the monastery chapel in honor of Our Lady of Iver. Many pilgrims and worshipers attended. The brethren of the monastery confessed after the Vigil the day before. At the All-Night Vigil with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Mr. Marko Vodopivek was tonsured a rassophore monk of the monastery, called Sava, in honor of St. Sava of Serbia. Also the number of inhabitants of the monastery has led to new novices.

Offering congratulations for the feast, archimandrite Oleg urged the monks to guard the purity and austerity of monastic life of prayer. The prayer of the brothers not only strengthens the monastery, but the whole of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. According to Fr. Oleg, it is the sanctity of life in the monastery, which is the main reason that so many pilgrims visited the monastery in the day.

After the festive Divine Liturgy commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary, there was a procession around the the monastery church. After the service a picnic meal was offered to pilgrims.

Procession with the cross in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi
In the photo: Procession with the cross in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi.

On this day, the monks of the monastery and the faithful welcomed the local administration and delegation of the Australian diocese of the Coptic Church. At the invitation of the local authorities, archimandrite Oleg with guests was acquainted with a number of social projects implemented by the local administration with financial support from the Church.

Discussion of a number of social projects implemented by the local administration, with the assistance of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi
In the photo: Discussion of a number of social projects implemented by the local administration, with the assistance of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi.

27 August 2012

Monastic vows at the Holy Dormition Monastery.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) tonsured Mr. Marko Vodopivek as a rassophore monk after the All-Night Vigil for the feast day of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province - the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin. At the monastic tonsure rite, the new monk was given the name Sava, in honor of St. Sava of Serbia.


26 August 2012

Baptism of Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul.

Before the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) performed the Mystery of Holy Baptism for the Thai citizen, Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul, christened to Orthodoxy as Nadezjda, in honor of Holy Martyr Nadezjda.

Prior to her conversion by Holy Baptism, Mrs. Jatuporn regularly visited the Orthodox church in Bangkok and held catechism under her daughter Irinia (Kulthida) who was baptized a year ago in the same church. According to the newly baptized Nadezjda, she found the «Law of God» by fr. Seraphim Slobodsky translated into Thai very helpful in preparing for Baptism, along with the participation of other Orthodox Thais, who helped her to better understand the Orthodox faith.

Newly baptized Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul in St. Nicholas' church in Bangkok
In the photo: Newly baptized Mrs. Jatuporn Luengyotluechakul in St. Nicholas' church in Bangkok.

24 August 2012

The meeting of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand with the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and Chairman of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation priest Daniel Wanna, together with the Deputy Honorary Consul of Russia in Pattaya V. Kriventsov, General Director of the "Russian House" company group Y. Segal and several other Russian businessmen in Pattaya, attended an informal meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya , Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh, responsible for security matters. The concerns of the Russian-speaking community of Pattaya were conveyed to the leadership of the City Hall and detailed answers were welcomed. Concern was expressed about the worsening crime situation in the city and unnecessary and non-localized distribution of entertainment business. For his part, the Deputy Mayor made ​​a number of valid claims to the Russians in his response. 

Meeting with Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, responsible for security matters, Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh
In the photo: Meeting with Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, responsible for security matters, Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh.

At the end of the conversation, it was decided to make such meetings monthly. Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh had asked, on behalf of Pattaya City Hall, for the participation of the Orthodox clergy in these meetings on a regular basis. Further he invited the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg to participate in the management meeting of Pattaya City Hall and the police department concerning crime situation in the city and the search for ways to improve the situation, scheduled for September this year.


24 August 2012

In Pattaya, the opening of the first Russian-language secondary school.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation priest Daniel Wanna attended the opening ceremony of the first Russian-language secondary school in the city of Pattaya. Education in the school will be held in accordance with the educational standards of the Ministry of Education of Russia and students of the school will receive a certificate of formation equivalent to the state standard of the Russian Federation. At the request of Deputy Mayor of Pattaya Mr. Ronakit Ekasingh, fr. Oleg ceremoniously cut the ribbon at the entrance. The school principal, Mr. Boris Khvatov showed the visitors the studying rooms and explained the plans for the upcoming school year. 

In his interview to the local media, archimandrite Oleg highlighted the importance of preservation of the national and cultural identity of our compatriots abroad. Fr. Oleg asked the founders and the school administration to explore the possibility of free tuition and scholarships for children, whose parents do not have the financial means to afford for education. The opening ceremony was also attended by members of the Honorary Consulate of Russia and local businessmen of Pattaya.

The first Russian-language secondary school in Pattaya
In the photo: The first Russian-language secondary school in Pattaya.

22 August 2012

Received permission for a demonstration movie «The Priest» in the Orthodox parishes in Thailand.

In connection with plans to translate the film "The Priest" (film director - Vladimir Khotinenko) to the Thai language and present later in Orthodox parishes, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand sought the appropriate permission from the owner of the film - the Cultural Cinema-TV Foundation «Orthodox Encyclopedia», which gave its permission to translate and present screenings in Thailand in the requested parameters (Letter № 854 of 17.08.2012). Currently the translated subtitles of the film are complete and in the near future Orthodox Thais, as well as all interested in Russian history and culture, will be able to be acquainted with the movie «The Priest» in their native language.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand sincerely thanks the Cultural Cinema-TV Foundation «Orthodox Encyclopedia» for the opportunity to translate and present the film, with the support of missionary initiatives.

movie «The Priest»
Reference: «The Priest» — Russian historical film by director Vladimir Khotinenko. This is the first feature film made under the auspices of the Moscow Patriarchate, and with the active participation of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

The film relates the little-known history of the Great Patriotic War and the activity of the Pskov Orthodox mission. From August 1941 to February 1944 priests from the Baltic were reviving church life in the German-occupied territories, from Pskov to Leningrad.

(Based on «Wikipedia» materials)



21 August 2012

Indian family became Orthodox.

With the blessing of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) at St. Nicholas, Bangkok received into the Holy Orthodox Church from the Roman Catholic faith a citizen of India Mr. Sunil Benedict and his family (wife and daughter). The new members of the Orthodox Church were received by renouncing their heresy, confessing their sins and anointing by Holy Chrism. In Orthodoxy, they received the names Silouan, in honor of St. Silouan the Athonite; Guinevere, for the virgin martyr Guinevere (+572); and Irene, in honor of St. Irina.

That day there was the Divine Liturgy, when the family received Holy Communion. Archimandrite Oleg, congratulating the new members of the Orthodox Church presented them with an icon of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and he offered his thanks to hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) and the instructor of catechism courses Paul Sidebottom for their labors to catechize Mr. Sunil Benedict and his family.

Catechesis and the reception of the Indian family into the Orthodox Church at the St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok came at the request of Bishop Peter of Cleveland, hierarch of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) performs the Orthodox rite of reception from the Roman Catholic faith Hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) performs the Orthodox rite of reception from the Roman Catholic faith
In the photo: Hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea) performs the Orthodox rite of reception from the Roman Catholic faith.

18 August 2012

A citizen of India begins catechism courses at the St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok

At the request of His Grace bishop of Cleveland Peter, hierarch of the Mid-American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand (Moscow Patriarchate) started to catechize and prepare Mr. Sunil Benedict for Holy Chrismation. Mr. Benedict is a citizen of India, who has consciously decided to convert from the Roman Catholic confession.

Mr. Sunil Benedict has arrived in Bangkok with his wife and daughter to begin catechism studies at the St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok, which will last for a week and the expected outcome will be their reception into Orthodox Church on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The catechesis of Mr. Sunil Benedict is entrusted to hieromonk Seraphim (Raicea), priest of St. Nicholas church in Bangkok and to the instructor of the courses Paul Sidebottom.

Reference: Sunil Benedict - a citizen of India. He was born in 1976. By profession he is a specialist in project management. He has held senior positions in various multinational companies. Currently he resides in Bangalore, India and works in Deutsche Bank AG. He is married and has a young daughter.


11 August 2012

Work Saturday at Holy Trinity parish.

A work Saturday was held in Phuket for the gardening and landscaping around the temple. The staff of the church along with local residents - our compatriots living on the island cooperated. On this day, much greenery was planted and a large area landscaped.

Officers of the local Rus Phuket TV channel actively participated.

A working Saturday for landscaping and planting at the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket
A working Saturday for landscaping and planting at the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket A working Saturday for landscaping and planting at the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket
In the Photo: A working Saturday for landscaping and planting at the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket.

11 August 2012

STATEMENT FROM THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND regarding the theft of donations from the church in Pattaya.

Герб Православной Церкви в Таиланде

STATEMENT FROM THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND
(MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE)
regarding the theft of donations from the church
of All Saints in Pattaya

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August 10, 2012 the Orthodox Church in Thailand (Moscow Patriarchate) notifies that the Pattaya's police arrested Anatoly Karajani a Russian citizen for the theft of donations from the All Saints Church in Pattaya. He was born in 1980, living in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region.

It was found that the theft of church donations was carried out repeatedly, with a premeditated plan using special devices. The arrest of Anatoly Karajani took place during a subsequent attempt to commit theft in the temple.

This crime, and the manner in which it was committed under the Criminal Code of Thailand, calls for up to 5 years in prison.

After the arrest Mr. Karajani showed repentance and he asked forgiveness of the Orthodox believers. He said that he stole from the church for about 2 months. The total amount stolen is estimated at 30,000 Thai Baht. The reason for stealing from the church, given by Mr. Karajani, was his financial distress, lack of work and hunger.

Priest Daniel Wanna visited Mr. Karajani’s rented room with the police in Pattaya. According to the testimony of fr. Daniel, the room had no furniture and no food. Unfortunately, marijuana was discovered there. When Mr. Karajani was asked why he had not asked for help from the priest or why he did not to come to the refectory of the church, where he could eat for free, Mr. Karajani answered that he felt shy. This suggests that Mr. Karajani was stealing donations from the church for more than merely food, probably marijuana.

Recognizing the complaint by All Saints parish for property damage, however, Mr. Karajani did not commit blasphemy nor did he insult the Name of God. Therefore, this crime was not so much a crime against God, but the desperation of a physically and mentally ill person in need of help and compassion.

Nevertheless, justice and civil laws of Thailand require that the damage caused by Mr. Karajani to All-Saints Church be compensated, the damage being the stolen donations to the temple. Therefore, the clergy of the Orthodox churches in Thailand, the wardens of the Orthodox parishes and missionaries, all wish to forgive the thief, and decide to collect the amount of 30,000 baht from their personal funds to repay the missing funds.

Guided by the words of mercy and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the fallen, Who «came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance» (Mt. 9:13), and the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church to - "condemn the sin, but not condemn the sinner » and humanitarian considerations, we sincerely forgive Mr. Karajani and hope that the love of Christ, which guides the Orthodox Church, will today become the healing medicine to cure him from sin. In following Christ, we repeat to Mr. Karajani: «sin no more, lest a worse thing come to you» (Jn.5:14).

Further we, the Orthodox Church in Thailand, officially request the civil authorities of the Kingdom not to press charges against Mr. Karajani for his robbery. We thank the authorities for hearing and accepting our request, dropping the prosecution of Mr. Karajani as an exception at the behest of the Church.

As reported by the Thai authorities, Mr. Karajani would be deported from Thailand to Russia, and he will be denied re-entry. Deportation proceedings will take from 2 to 4 months during which time he will be held in an immigration detention center, according to the immigration laws of the Kingdom.

10 August 2012
ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND (MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE)

See the video-recording of the statement (in Russian).


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