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December 14, 2014:
For those who celebrate Christmas in new (Gregorian) calendar.

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October 07, 2014:
Saint Panteleimon's Church under Construction in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

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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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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).


22 October 2011

Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Committee on flood situation in Thailand.

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มูลนิธิชาวคริสต์ศาสนิกชนดั้งเดิมออร์โธดอกซ์ในประเทศไทย
Фонд Православной Церкви в Таиланде
Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation

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๑๙ ถนน สุโขทัย ซอย ๓ เขต ดุสิต กรุงเทพฯ ๑๐๓๐๐๐ ประเทศไทย
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19 Sukhothai Soi 3, Sukhothai Road, Dusit,
10300, Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand

เลขที่ 170-И 18/10/2011

Foundation Committee Resolution

During the session of 18.10.2011 attended by Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg as well as a number of invited experts the Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation heard the information on the flooding in Thailand and considered possible measures of giving assistance to victims.

Following the results of the discussion it was decided to:

  1. To set up the working group on assistance to the flood victims consisted of:
    • Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) - The Chairman of the Group
    • Priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna, the Chairman of the Fund Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand - the Deputy Chairman of the Group
    • Hierodeacon Seraphim (Raicea) - the Group member
    • Ivan Moroz, the assistant of the Representative of Russian Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand - the Group secretary
    • Promthida (Paraskeva) Chaksuraksa - the Group jurisconsult
  2. To assign the obligations on the Group to organize and coordinate the assistance to the flood victims.
  3. To render one-time financial assistance of 60m000 Thai baht.
  4. To call upon all the parishes of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand to give material support to the Foundation
  5. To ask the Hierocracy of the Russian Orthodox Church to support the call to help the flood victims in Thailand.
  6. To provide the Group-performed charity campaigns on the fund-raising for the needs of the flood victims.
  7. To have the permanent communication line with state and public organizations of Thailand for coordinating actions in helping the flood victims.
  8. To start publishing reports of inflows and outflows for the needs of the flood victims on the official web-site of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand www.orthodox.or.th.
  9. to publish all information concerning charity campaigns of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand for the needs of the flood victims on the official website www.orthodox.or.th.

The Chairman of the Committee
of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation
priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna

18.10.2011


22 October 2011

APPEAL OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND ARCHIMANDRITE OLEG (CHEREPANIN) ON THE FLOOD SITUATION IN THAILAND

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REPRESENTATIVE OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THAILAND ARCHIMANDRITE OLEG (CHEREPANIN)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Christ, compatriots,
all people of good will living in Thailand
and all others in other countries whose hearts accommodate the whole world, I address to you!

Currently Thailand is amidst the worst flood for the last 50 years. Sixty out of 77 provinces have already suffered from flooding. The overall number of flood victims is estimated as many as 8.2 million people. The economic damage has exceeded 2 billion US dollars. The situation continues aggrevating. This is now the national disaster.

Besides the direct damage both to the state and people, i.e. house destructions, the destroying of rice seeds etc, the tourist season is under disruption now as the foreign affairs agencies of almost all countries declared that it was dangerous for their citizens to trip to Thailand. Owing to the destroying of rice seeds, the rice prices are expected to increase by 10-19% both in Thailand and external markets. Already now the net-shops are suffering shortages. There is almost no drinking water.

The situation is close to panic as the authorities declared that it was impossible to hold the water level in the Chaopraya river, thus, letting the northern areas of Bangkok be inundated in order to avert destruction of the dams on the basic directions. Ten percent of Bangkok's territory is expected to be flooded. Yet, there are concerns that up to 50 percent of Bangkok may be inundated. The anticipated level of inundation is up to 1.20 m.(3'9 feet). The population of the areas that are to be inundated are recommended to leave their places. Above all, November will see the beginning of so called «cool» season in Thailand when temperatures usually start decreasing. That will be enough to entail hypothermia of locals. The epidemiological situation is still unclear in the areas of disaster.

The disaster has united the nation, but the damage inflicted by nature is tremendous.

We are especially concerned that the misfortune befalling Thailand can be exploited for political interests. We can already hear blames on the Government from the opposition for the mismanagement of the situation. All the more so as it is dangerous as the political stability has been just reached at the cost of violent confrontation between the antagonistic political fractions. The time of common calamity can not be a pretext for the political struggle.

In this situation we can not and have no other right but to demonstrate our sympathy as to help the victims of the disaster.

I urge you to make the very generous donations for the needs of the flood victims. Watching you almsgiving, may God Almighty grant us, sinners, mercy as well.

For believers it is enough to know the commandment of our Savior on love to a neighbor in order to have no doubt in the necessity to show benevolence.

I also urge those who do not share our religious believes to do mercy helping the flood victims on the grounds of humanism, fairness and gratitude to the country and people amid who we live and whose hospitality we can feel.

These days many are saying to me that they want to be sure that their donations will reach those in need. They asked to organize the targeted aid for the sufferers. That is the reason why the Fund Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand after considering the situation made the decision to start fund-raising and take care of targeted aid.

Certainly, the bulk of our assistance in the common flow is quite marginal, but we are doing our best.

I bless to start fund-raising for the needs of the flood victims in all the parishes of our Church in Thailand, to set up ecclesiastical concerts of our church choirs in all resort cities right in the streets simultaneously fund-raising for the needs of sufferers.

I also assign the heads of the parish councils to meet with the heads of communities in order to know specific families that are highly in need of the assistance. I assign to visit those families and hand over the part of received aid based upon the number of family members and the degree of their needs.

I am afraid that this programme may take quite a long time. But we must be firm in our benefaction for the sake of Jesus Christ.

If the amount of donations turns out to be significant, I bless priest Danai (Daniel) Vanna to start consultations with the National Staff on combating the implications of flooding in order to find out the needs of people more specifically. I suppose that in that case we will have to purchase, in the first place, provisions, warm clothes and blankets, drugs, and perhaps, construction materials.

As well, I assign to provide transparency of donations and their spending for the charity purposes and inform you on the financial situation on the official web-site of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand www.orthodox.or.th.

May we remember the words from the Holy Bible: «For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy!» (James 2,13).

Sincerely praying for all of you,
archimandrite Oleg


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ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN THAILAND Foundation
Bank Acc. 130-219314-9
Beneficiary's Bank: THE SIAM COMMERCIAL BANK PUBLIC CO.LTD
Branch- RATCHAWAT
SWIFT Code- SICOTHBK
Bank address: 9 Rutchadapisek Rd., Jatujak, Bangkok, 10900
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12 August 2011

Holy Dormition of Mother of God.

Icon of Holy Dormition of Mother of God

Holy Dormition of Mother of God
28 August 2011, Sunday

The festive service of Holy Dormition of Mother of God will be conducted in Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi province. The Divine Liturgy will start at 09.00 morning. There will be free transportation arranged for pilgrims from Pattaya and Bangkok.

The bus from Bangkok will depart at 06.00 morning from Saint Nicholas' chapel. Leaving from monastery - after the service. Estimated time of arrival back to Bangkok - 15.00.

The bus from Pattaya will depart at 06.00 morning from All Saints church (Naklua, Soi 16). Estimated time of arrival back to Pattaya 16.00 - 16.30.

Holy Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi province (April 2011)

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