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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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31 July 2011

Memorial for the dead in Ukraine.

After the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok, he Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) with concelebrating clergy served ​​a memorial service for the miners killed in a mine explosion at "Sukhodolskaya-Eastern". Expressing condolences to his flock, many of whom are citizens of Ukraine, archimandrite Oleg said that "no matter how sad these days are, you need to pass with dignity and faith through this tragedy, praying for the repose of the dead and begging the Lord for deliverance for those left under the rubble and wounded in hospital." On behalf of the Orthodox flock in Thailand a letter of condolence was sent to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Thailand Mr. M. Chuchuk.


29 July 2011

The results of the church activities in Thailand for 2010.

In the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand a meeting was held to sum up the church activities in Thailand for 2010. Attending the meeting were members of the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand and representatives of the parish councils of parishes in Thailand. The meeting heard and approved the report provided by the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, and also agreed with the projected activities of the Orthodox Church in the country in 2011.


28 July 2011

Working visit by archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) on Phuket.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), accompanied by his assistant Ivan Moroz paid a working visit to Phuket, where he familiarized himself with the construction of the temple in honor of the Holy and Life-Giving Trinity and holding a meeting with the parish council. Archimandrite Oleg stated the exterior of the temple and most of the interior decorating has been completed. However, he noted some deficiencies, blessed to be corrected in the near future. After a discussion of current issues with the parish council, it was decided to start the landscaping and construction of a parish house for the future priest. The chairman of the parish council of Holy Trinity Church Mariya Batura notified that the increased recent donations for this purpose allow the construction to begin.

Father Oleg informed the congregation about the upcoming archpastoral visit to Phuket in November 2011 of His Eminence archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, the Head of the Department of Moscow Patriarchate for Foreign Institutions. He, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, will perform the consecration of the temple. The parish council will prepare for the Phuket visit. Following discussion, M. Batura on behalf of the parish council organized a lunch for the participants. On the same day in the evening, archimandrite Oleg returned to Bangkok.

aHoly Trinity Church in Phuket (28.07.2011) Interior work of the temple
In the photo: Holy Trinity Church in Phuket (28.07.2011). In the photo: Interior work of the temple.

25 July 2011

Condolences for the tragedy in Norway.

The tragedy in Norway happened where extremists bombed near government buildings in Oslo and the shot of members of a youth camp on an island near the Norwegian capital, killing more than 90 people. The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) sent a letter of condolence to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway in Thailand HE Ms. Katja Christina Nordgaard, in which, he expressed his sympathy on behalf of all Orthodox Christians in Thailand and called the survivors to be courageous.


22 July 2011

In Thailand the new assistant to the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church, Ivan Moroz arrived.

With the blessing of the Government of Russian Orthodox Church, to carry the ecclesiastical obedience of assistant to the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and a consultant to the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Ivan Moroz arrived in Bangkok. Ivan is a graduate of Belgorod Seminary (missionary orientation) being a citizen of Ukraine.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) introduced a new assistant to the Orthodox parishes in Bangkok and Pattaya, defining his terms of immediate responsibilities.

Ivan Moroz, an assistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand
In the photo: Ivan Moroz, an assistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.

Reference: Ivan Moroz was born in 1988 to the family of a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church (MP) in Pavlograd, Dnipropetrovsk region in Ukraine. Has an older brother and sister. In 2004-2006, he was a student at Chernigov Theological School. In 2006 he entered, and in 2011 completed a full course of study in the Belgorod Seminary. While studying in religious schools he carried the obedience of chanter, assistant to the acting rector and class president. In 2010, archbishop John (Popov) of Belgorod and Stary Oskol tonsured Ivan a reader.


21 July 2011

Charity project of the Orthodox Church in Thailand for poor families in the province of Ratchaburi.

The Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand held a session in the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province, where on site they examined the formal request of the village to assist in the construction of two houses for poor families on public land. It was decided to allocate 160,000 Thai baht, inviting legal counsel of the Orthodox Church in Thailand to explore the possibility of controlling the allocated to the local administration monies by the Foundation.


21 July 2011

Orthodox Church in Thailand approved educational grants in 2011.

The Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand met to consider the allocation of educational grants for low-income students at Technological College in Prachinburi province in 2011. Committee members read the request of the college administration and approved the proposed list of grant recipients. Chairman of the Foundation Committee was asked to prepare a presentation ceremony of the educational grants.


21 July 2011

The parishes of the Orthodox Church in Thailand were visited by representatives of the Coptic Church.

Orthodox parishes in Pattaya and Bangkok welcomed a group of believers from the Coptic (Oriental) Church, Diocese of Australia, headed by the priest, V. Rev. Youhanna Bestawros.

Various issues of joint social activities of the Coptic and Orthodox Churches in Thailand were discussed Various issues of joint social activities of the Coptic and Orthodox Churches in Thailand were discussed
Various issues of joint social activities of the Coptic and Orthodox Churches in Thailand were discussed
In the photo: Various issues of joint social activities of the Coptic and Orthodox Churches in Thailand were discussed.

The purpose of the visit was to establish cooperation with the Orthodox Church in Thailand (Moscow Patriarchate) in the field of education and specifically the possibility of opening secondary schools under the auspices of the Orthodox Orthodox Church in Thailand. With the blessing of the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), the proposals of the Coptic believers were discussed by: priest Daniel Wanna - Chairman of the Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation (financial aspects), hierodeacon Seraphim (Raicea) (religious aspect), Dr. Vladimir Buntilov - assistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and professor at Mahidol University in Bangkok (educational aspect), and Ivan Moroz – an asssistant to the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church. As noted by the Orthodox party, the task of the Church, above all, is to lead people to salvation. Conducting a social activity with groups who do not share the same principle belief with the Orthodox Church in Thailand would be problematic, especially in the case of schools teaching faith. At the end of two days of talks it was determined to continue the dialogue with the representatives of the Coptic Church on the subject and also notify the Department for Foreign Institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In conclusion, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) expressed full support to the Coptic Church, currently experiencing significant harassment from the Islamic majority in Egypt and gave his visitors an icon of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of the Orthodox believers in Thailand, also revered by Copts.


21 July 2011

Guidelines for burial in the cemetery of the Holy Dormition Monastery.

The Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation approved guidelines for the burial of the deceased in the cemetery of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province.

GUIDELINES FOR CEMETERY BURIAL at Holy Dormition Monastery
(Ratchaburi Province, Kingdom of Thailand)

In the cemetery of the Holy Dormition Monastery burials of the deceased are reserved only for Orthodox Christians.

For the disposal of foreign nationals the Thai death certificate is required, which lists the cause of death. An agreement with the Consular Section of the Embassy of the deceased home country must also be presented. This standard for the burial of foreign nationals is a requirement of the Thai law.

Questions of burial, and the granting of a burial plot, are the responsibility of the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand. The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand does not intervene in matters within the competence of the Foundation.

Payment for burial in the cemetery of the Holy Dormition Monastery totals to 130 000 Thai baht and includes:

  • Granting of a plot of land measuring 2.5 meters by 2 meters for 50 years.
  • All preparatory work for the grave.
  • The installation of the monument at the grave in the form of a standard Orthodox cross.
  • Funeral and other rites of the monastery’s Holy Dormition Church.
  • Memorial services.
  • Grave care for 50 years.
These decisions are based on the fact that the entire cemetery is owned by the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand (as stated in the Chanot of the land). It was acquired by the Foundation at its market value. Completion of the cemetery was done by the Foundation. Appropriate sanitation restrictions require not just burial the dead in the ground, but to lay around the casket brick stucco or concrete.

Upon the expiration of the 50-year period, there are additional charges of 3,000 Thai Baht per year to care for the grave and the commemoration of the deceased in the temple. In the absence of family and friends who could pay for continued care of the grave, by the decision of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand and the brothers of the monastery, the Christian principles of love and respect for the deceased will be applied. If there are spare places at the cemetery for the burial, the brotherhood will continue to take care of the grave by charity. If there is no availability of spaces for disposal, the spot for which the lease term is completed may be re-buried.

At the request of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, the Foundation for the Orthodox Church in Thailand allocates 10% of the cemetery for the burial of the poor and stranger. In this case the burial takes place free of charge, as well as the performance of religious rites for the dead and care for the graves. A decision about a gratuitous burial in the monastery’s cemetery is made by the Foundation’s Committee upon submitted evidence of the financial status of the deceased and assistance by the consular section of the Embassy showing no surviving relatives. The deceased’s Orthodox Faith is a prerequisite for burial in the monastery cemetery.

Obvious suicides, as well as deaths while committing acts of a criminal nature, are not to be buried in the monastery’s cemetery.

In special cases, given the Thai practice of cremation of remains, ashes of the deceased may be buried in the cemetery. In this case, each application is considered individually and must be clearly discussed. (For example, if the deceased died as a result of a contagious infectious disease.)

Orthodox clergy and persons, especially who work for the Orthodox Church in Thailand, in the event of death can be gratuitous buried in the monastery’s cemetery.

Holy Dormition Monastery provides free access to the family and friends of the deceased in the cemetery from 7 am to 19.00 daily.

The cemetery should observe the decent and appropriate behavior of a Christian holy site. At the cemetery (and throughout the monastery grounds) drinking alcohol and smoking is prohibited.

21 July 2011.
Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand

Orthodox cemetery in the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province, Thailand Orthodox cemetery in the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province, Thailand
In the photo: Orthodox cemetery in the Holy Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi province, Thailand.

12 July 2011

Memorial for the dead passengers of the ship "Bulgaria".

During the Divine Liturgy at All Saints Church in Pattaya, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) served a memorial, at which Orthodox believers in the Kingdom prayed for the souls of passengers on the Volga passenger ship "Bulgaria". Regardless of nationality, this terrible tragedy in Russia did not find the whole Orthodox flock in Thailand indifferent. Many of those who came to worship on this day in the church only learned of the tragedy and they could not hold back tears. At the request of archimandrite Oleg, the local Russian-language TV channel "1-RU» suspended the entertainment for the day by posting a special message on the screen «Today is a day of mourning in Russia».


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