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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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June 22, 2014:
Saint Sergius of Radonezh 700th anniversary of birth will be celebrated in Thailand.

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December 14, 2013:
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS 2013/2014

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08 June 2012

Church representative attends diplomatic reception for the Independence Day of Russia.

At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand Alexander Maryasov, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), accompanied by his assistant Eugene Shinkarev attended a reception to mark the national holiday - the Independence Day of Russia and the 115th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Siam. There were discussions on various issues with Russian diplomats, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Bangkok and other invited officials.


08 June 2012

Meeting of the Representative of the Orthodox Church in Thailand with an Anglican clergyman from Myanmar.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) welcomed in Bangkok John Felix Hla Win, a clergyman of the Church of England-Myanmar (Burma). The spiritual care of the Orthodox Christians living in Myanmar was discussed. According to the testimony of John Felix Hla Win progress in the country is gaining momentum and so with process of democratization comes more foreigner visitors, including those from traditionally Orthodox Christian countries. Archimandrite Oleg assured Mr. Felix that he would bring the developing situation in Myanmar to the attention of the Church authority of the Russian Orthodox Church. An agreement was reached with regard to admitting Myanmar students. Two students will be selected to study catechism courses in Bangkok. Upon their conversion to Orthodoxy, they would be eligible for theological study in Russia. The representative’s assistant, Paul Sidebottom also attended the meeting.


03 June 2012

Orthodox Missionary discusses with local Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In the parish house of the church of the Holy Trinity on Phuket an Orthodox missionary had a discussion with the followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses who made a visit. Speaking for the Orthodox position was the former instructor of St. Herman’s Seminary in Alaska (USA), graduate from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania, Paul Sidebottom. Years ago, he too had converted from Protestantism to Orthodoxy so he was well acquainted with the Protestant perspective concerning Orthodoxy and he elucidated any confusion. The discussion of Orthodoxy, specifically considered a number of Scriptural texts and church history.

Next Paul Sidebottom and missionary Roman Bychkov, serving the Holy Trinity parish, invited guests to the temple, where they discussed several aspects of the Orthodox Church including the veneration of holy icons and the Cross of Christ. They specifically explained that Orthodox worship is fully in compliance with Sacred Scripture and Traditions. In conclusion the Orthodox missionaries gave the Jehovah's Witnesses "The Law of God" by Fr. Seraphim in the Thai language.

     
       Discussion of Orthodox catechist Paul Sidebottom with the followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the parish of Holy Trinity on Phuket             Discussion of Orthodox catechist Paul Sidebottom with the followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the parish of Holy Trinity on Phuket     
   in the picture: Discussion of Orthodox catechist Paul Sidebottom with the followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the parish of Holy Trinity on Phuket.  

03 June 2012

The Feast of Pentecost at Holy Trinity, Phuket.

The Orthodox Christian Holy Trinity parish on Phuket observed the Feast of Pentecost. The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) offered the festive divine services. After Liturgy tea was provided. Archimandrite Oleg discussed with the Parish Council future plans. In particular, he suggested the need for a quick completion of the chapel, where will be an adult baptistery and the installation of a children's playground nearby, as well as the construction of a bell tower. The Parish Council assured the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg, that all these projects would be fully financed during the month of June. Another specific parish need is Sunday school. Members of the Parish Council have promised to explore the possibility of financing the construction of school this year.

       
      Celebration of the Feast of Pentecost at Holy Trinity, Phuket            Celebration of the Feast of Pentecost at Holy Trinity, Phuket     
      Celebration of the Feast of Pentecost at Holy Trinity, Phuket     
   in the picture: Celebration of the Feast of Pentecost at Holy Trinity, Phuket.  

24 May 2012

Patronal Saint's day of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Holy Ascension.
Commemorating the Saints Cyril and Methodius the Slovenian teachers.
Patronal name's day of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

May 24, 2012 in celebration of the Risen Lord's Ascension and the memory of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, the Slovenian teachers, all communities of the Orthodox Church in Thailand held solemn prayers on the occasion of name day of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia followed by repeatedly proclaiming for the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, many blessed years.

Congratulating His Holiness, the clergy and the Orthodox flock in South-East Asia heartily wish God's help in the fulfillment of the apostolic labors, good health and profit for the salvation of all.

Many Years to His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia!

07 April 2012

SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR EASTER 2012.

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CHURCH SERVICES FOR EASTER 2012 IN THAILAND WILL BE CONDUCTED ACCORDING THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

BANGKOK. St. Nicholas' church:

14 April (Saturday) THE GREAT SATURDAY.
Divine Liturgy - 09:00
After the Divine Liturgy there will be blessing of Easter cakes and eggs from 14:00 to 18:00 every hour.
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Start reading Acts of Apostles - 23:00
Easter Midnight service - 23:30
Night from 14 April (Saturday)
to 15 April (Sunday)
EASTER - RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST
PROCESSION WITH CROSS AROUND THE CHURCH - 0:00
Easter Matins and Divine Liturgy - 0:30
Great Easter Vespres - 18:00

PATTAYA. Church of All Saints:

14 April (Saturday) THE GREAT SATURDAY.
Divine Liturgy - 09:00
After the Divine Liturgy there will be blessing of Easter cakes and eggs from 14:00 to 18:00 every hour.
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Start reading Acts of Apostles - 23:00
Easter Midnight service - 23:30
Night from 14 April (Saturday)
to 15 April (Sunday)
EASTER - RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST
PROCESSION WITH CROSS AROUND THE CHURCH - 0:00
Easter Matins and Divine Liturgy - 0:30
Great Easter Vespres - 18:00

PHUKET. Holy Trinity church:

14 April (Saturday) THE GREAT SATURDAY.
Divine Liturgy - 09:00
After the Divine Liturgy there will be blessing of Easter cakes and eggs from 14:00 to 18:00 every hour.
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Start reading Acts of Apostles - 23:00
Easter Midnight service - 23:30
Night from 14 April (Saturday)
to 15 April (Sunday)
EASTER - RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST
PROCESSION WITH CROSS AROUND THE CHURCH - 0:00
Easter Matins and Divine Liturgy - 0:30
Great Easter Vespres - 18:00


09 February 2012

Archbishop Mark's visit to Thailand.

archbishop Mark of Egorievsk at the service in Holy Dormition Orthodox Monastery in Ratchaburi

On February 9, 2012, Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, Head of the Secretariat of Moscow Patriarchia for Foreign Institutions of Russian Orthodox Church, who is on a visit to Thailand, consecrated the church dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God at the Monastery of the Dormition in Ratchaburi.

Consecration of the altar in Holy Dormition church
photo: Consecration of the altar in Holy Dormition church.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Fr. Seraphim (Raicea) was ordained in the newly-consecrated church as hieromonk to continue his service in Thailand.

Ordination of hierodeacon Seraphim (Raicea) to hieromonk
photo: Ordination of hierodeacon Seraphim (Raicea) to hieromonk.

Present at the service were pilgrims from various parishes in the country, officials of the Russian Embassy in Thailand and the head of the local administration.

His Eminence Mark presented Rev. Danai (Daniel) Wanna with a patriarchal award, a golden pectoral cross. The right to wear it was granted to the first Thai Orthodox priest for his zealous work for the good of the Church and the Thai translation of archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy’s "Law of God".

Archbishop Mark also presented archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, with the Order of St. Innocent of Moscow in acknowledgement of his work for many years for the good of the Church and on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

After Divine Liturgy in Holy Dormition monastery. A photograph of the archbishop with the clergy, residents and pilgrims
photo: After Divine Liturgy in Holy Dormition monastery. A photograph of the archbishop with the clergy, residents and pilgrims.

The previous day, archbishop Mark held at the monastery an assembly of the clergy, members of the parish councils of Orthodox churches in Thailand and Cambodia, representatives of the Orthodox parish in Laos and the committee of the Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) made a report stating the progress made and existing problems. The main are: an acute need for purchasing some land for building a church in Bangkok and a shortage of clergy at the acting parishes.

H.E. archbishop Mark after the meeting with the members of St. Georgy's parish council in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Serei Stepanov and Irina Godlevskaya
photo: H.E. archbishop Mark after the meeting with the members of St. Georgy's parish council in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Serei Stepanov and Irina Godlevskaya.

Members of parish councils reported on the life of their communities, describing the special features of each of them. Rev. Danai (Daniel), chairman of the committee of the Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand, introduced the assembly to the work of the Foundation.

In conclusion, archbishop Mark addressed the assembly thanking all the participants and stating that some problems will be settled in the course of his visit, while others will be submitted to the consideration of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

He also received each of the monastery brethren in individual audience for a private talk, after which he identified candidates for taking monastic vows and instructed the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand to submit an appropriate report to Patriarch Kirill.

In the evening, archbishop Mark officiated at All-Night Vigil at the monastery’s church of the Dormition. During the service he presented Vladimir Buntilov, assistant to the ROC representative in Thailand and lecturer at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, with a patriarchal award, the Medal of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, in recognition of his church work.


28 January 2012

«Law of God» by archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy has been published in Thai language.

The Law of God by archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy, the fundamental book containing 890 pages of the basis truths of the Orthodox Christian faith, has been published in Thailand in the Thai language.

Translation and publication of the book began with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. He visited Thailand in 2001 as chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations and noted the absence of fundamental catechetical materials in Thai.

The Tomsk diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and archbishop Rostislav of Tomsk and Asino provided material support. USD 15,000 has been provided for this endeavour during the last two years.

«Law of God» by archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy in Thai language
«Law of God» by archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy in Thai language.

It was not only necessary to translate the text in order to adequately explain Orthodox teaching, but find equivalents, since the Thai language lacks many religious and philosophical notions, or the notions are translated inadequately thus failing to bring their meaning to the reader. The translation was accomplished through several means. The Russian-language version of archpriest Slobodskoy’s book and its English version and – when in doubt – the English-Greek explanatory church dictionary was used.

The translation was made by Rev. Danai (Daniel) Wanna, the first Thai Orthodox priest, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Theological seminary, by Ms. Napatra Aphichapthong, a former official translator of English at the Parliament of Thailand who now studies at the St. Petersburg Theological seminary, and by Mr. Yingsak Satsen, a specialist in the Russian language. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, acted as editor-in-chief. The Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand provided organizational and technical assistance.

The Foundation’s Committee decided to send several copies of the book to the Universities of Thailand, where the Russian language and culture are studied, to non-Orthodox theological schools in the country, and to the theological educational institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Free copies of the book will be given to all Orthodox Thais, as well as to those who are preparing for Holy Baptism in the Orthodox Church.

The presentation of the book will take place on 9 February 2012, during a visit to the Kingdom of Thailand of archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, head of the Secretariat of Moscow Patriarchia for Foreign Institutions of Russian Orthodox Church.

In consideration of the work done for the benefit of the Church in translation and publication of the book in the Thai language, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia awarded priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna with a golden pectoral cross and Ms. Napatra Aphichaphong with a medal of St. Euphrosynia, Grand Princess of Moscow.


24 December 2011

CHURCH SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS 2011/2012.

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Church services for Christmas 2011/2012 will be conducted according to the following schedule:

PATTAYA. All Saints church:

Night from 06 January (Friday)
to 7 January (Saturday)
from 22.00
All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy

PHUKET. Holy Trinity church:

Night from 06 January (Friday)
to 7 January (Saturday)
from 22.00
All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy

BANGKOK. Saint Nicholas' church:

07 January (Saturday), from 09.00 morning


10 November 2011

The Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation decided to help flood victims of Cambodia.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, addressed to The Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation and conveyed the information, received from Orthodox Christian believers in Cambodia, to the members of the committee:

«According to the speakers for the Cambodian Red Cross, a 2-month-lasting flooding killed 207 people, about 1,5 million of people suffered. In 18 provinces 600 000 hectares of arable lands are flooded, the strike of the nature made 2,5 km of roads disfunctioned, about 1000 schools have no classes. Due to the critical situation and based upon security reasons the Government of Cambodia decided to cancel the traditional boat competition that was to come early in November in Pnompen. Due to the cancellation of the competition the saved money will be used to combat the implications of the flood. As Premier Hun Sen stated, the anti-flood expenditures will amount to more than 100 million USD, which is a great sum for one of the poorest country in the region. The flood has not yet affected Pnompen - the Kingdom's capital. Yet the overall situation is still dreary.».

Consequences of the flood in Cambodia (November 2011) - from Internet web-sites Consequences of the flood in Cambodia (November 2011) - from Internet web-sites
photo: Consequences of the flood in Cambodia (November 2011) - from Internet web-sites.

Archimandrite Oleg pointed out that though according to the resolution of the Holy Synod, the Missionary of the Russian Orthodox Church bears the spiritual care about Orthodox Christian flock in Cambodia, but not having an administrative framework, the Missionary finds it difficult to declare a large-scale fund-raising in Cambodia and, thus, has to cooperate with the established social foundations in Cambodia that are intended to help the flood victims. For that reason, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand asked the Committee of the Church Foundation not to stop caring victims in Cambodia.

Following the discussion on the matter concerned, the Committee asked Archimandrite Oleg to deal as soon as possible with the elections of the Parish Council of the Great martyr St. George the Victorious' Parish in Pnompen with the purpose to set relations with responsible believers among the local Orthodox Community. The Committee also issued 100 000 Thai baht to help flood victims in Cambodia and took the decision on its targeted distribution.

The full address of Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) is published on the web-site "Orthodox Christianity in Cambodia" (in Russian).


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