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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».


04 July 2011

CONDOLENCES to Mr. Michel de Valliere upon the death of his brother Peter.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand, the clergy and laity of the Orthodox parishes expressed condolences to the Vice Chairman of the parish council of St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok, Mr. Michel de Valliere (Mikhail Aleksandrovich) upon the death of his 76 year old brother, Peter.

s.G. Peter (+2011)
s.G. Peter (+2011)

Peter was the third brother of the family, after Alexander (+ June 2010) and Constantine (+ May 2011), to repose from the de Valliere family. Recently, due to a stroke and cancer Peter was forced to the hospital, where he received necessary care. A week ago, due to ill health, Peter was taken to the main hospital of Montbeliard, to intensive care. Yesterday, on July 3, 2001, the day before his 76th birthday, s.G. Peter passed away.

At the request of Mikhail Alexandrovich a memorial service for Peter was set for July 17 at the St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok, after the Sunday liturgy. After the service, a memorial dinner will be offered.

Lord give rest with His saints to newly departed servant, Peter!


30 June 2011

Reception upon the 6th anniversary of the enthronement of Pope Benedict XVI.

At the invitation of the Papal Nuncio to Thailand, archbishop Giovanni d'Aniello, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Chairman of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand priest Daniel Wanna; and parish council Deputy Chairman of St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok Mr. Michel de Valliere attended a reception on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the enthronement of Pope Benedict XVI. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) congratulated the new Nuncio to Thailand, archbishop Giovanni d'Aniello with the appointment and wished him God's help in the responsibility of obedience. The sides also exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest. Fr. Daniel Wanna also discussed the issues of cooperation in the social sector with the bishops of Catholic dioceses in Thailand.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) congratulates the Vatican Nuncio Archbishop Giovanni d'Aniello in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and Fr. Daniel Wanna with the Catholic bishops of Thailand
In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) congratulates the Vatican Nuncio archbishop Giovanni d'Aniello in Thailand. In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and Fr. Daniel Wanna with the Catholic bishops of Thailand.

30 June 2011

Charitable activities of the Orthodox Church in Thailand.

hairman of the Foundation of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand priest Daniel Wanna visited needy families who have applied to the Foundation of the Orthodox Church with a request to provide them with financial assistance. Having assessed the situation, asylum assistance was provided to the family of Ms. Chiravat (Jirawat) who is without a husband, yet responsible for three girls, aged 4, 5 and 6 years old. For all the children the Foundation purchased necessary clothing, and one child with asthma was provided medicines. In the future assisting Ms. Chiravat on a regular basis may continue.

Fr. Daniel Wanna, Chairman of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand sends financial assistance to low-income families
In the photo: Fr. Daniel Wanna, Chairman of the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand sends financial assistance to low-income families

26 June 2011

Meeting on Holy Ascension temple’s construction on Samui.

The Committee of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation at its meeting reviewed the construction progress of Holy Ascension temple on Samui (Suratthani province). Phase 2 of the temple’s construction is completed. The parish council of the community concluded, "the work performed and in time." Meanwhile, Chairman of the Foundation priest Daniel Wanna familiarized the participants with monetary donations received for the construction Holy Ascension temple on Samui, and noted that the Foundation does not have means to continue the construction work in such a short pace. Present at the meeting, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) suggested cessation of work on the church at this stage was inexpedient since the completion of the full concrete building frame of the temple for the three-step process was stipulated in the building contract. Archimandrite Oleg pointed out that, although a halt in building was theoretically possible, it would increase the cost of construction. At the end of the discussion, it was decided to continue the temple’s construction to complete the concrete frame of the building, and then return to discussion. The Committee requested the Chair, fr. Daniel to alter the plan of financing the construction, in order to draw it out. The Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand also requested Fr. Oleg to call Orthodox believers in the Kingdom to give more attention to the temple’s construction on Samui.

The course of construction on the Holy Ascension Church on Samui (24.06.2011) The course of construction on Holy Ascension Church on Samui (24.06.2011)
In the photo: The course of construction on Holy Ascension Church on Samui (24.06.2011).

25 June 2011

A group of students from Thammasat University visit St Nicholas parish.

A group of students at the University of Thammasat, learning Russian, visited St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok. After meeting parishioners, the Thai students were explained the arrangement and decoration of the Orthodox churches and some of the Orthodox traditions. After tea in the parish dining room, priest Daniel Wanna answered questions from students about the aspects of worship in the Orthodox Church.

A group of students from Thammasat University visit St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok
In the photo: A group of students from Thammasat University visit St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok.

22 June 2011

In Thailand, the victims of the Great Patriotic War were commemorated.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the victims of the Great Patriotic War were prayerfully commemorated at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok, as in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church throughout the world. On this day in 1941, Nazi Germany attacked the USSR without a declaration of war. The memorial was offered by the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and priest Daniel Wanna. Mourning for the deceased from the war was an added grief because of the victims of the plane crash near Petrozavodsk, which occurred June 21, 2011, killing 44 people. Orthodox Christians in Thailand also remembered their repose.


19 June 2011

Patronal feast of All Saints Church in Pattaya.

On Sunday June 19, the Orthodox community in Thailand celebrated the feast day of the All Saints Church in Pattaya. Vigil was officiated by the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). He concelebrated with priest Daniel Wanna and hierodeacon Seraphim (Raicea). On this day not only the faithful who live in Pattaya attended, but also residents of Bangkok, Koh Chang, Phuket, Samui and other places in Thailand.

According to tradition, Orthodox believers made a procession around the temple with the main shrine of Thailand - the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra, famous for many miracles and healings. After the procession the miraculous icon was placed on the lectern for all to venerate the relic. By the intercession of the great saint of God not only Orthodox but Buddhists venerate this miraculous image.

Mom Rajawongse (title of Thai aristocracy, descendants of the royal family) Voravat Kasemsri and his wife attended the festal celebration. Welcoming the guests, archimandrite Oleg retold the traditional friendly relations between the Russian and Thai people which was established by the great monarchs of the two countries - Russian Emperor Nicholas II (Romanov) and the King of Siam Rama V (Chulalongkorn) The Great. Priest Daniel Wanna explained in Thai to Mom Ratchavong Voravat aspects of Orthodoxy and its differences from other Christian denominations. He translated life St. Nicholas for the special guest. In turn, Mom Ratchavong Voravat Kasemsri congratulated the congregation on the feast day, explaining the Thai traditions of tolerance towards all positive religions in the Kingdom. He said that according to the Constitution, His Majesty the King is the supreme protector of all religions in the Kingdom, including the Orthodox Church. In accordance with his high title and etiquette towards guests, special seating was arranged. As a sign of deep respect for the sanctity of the temple, Mom Ratchavong Voravat Kasemsri and his wife were present at the service standing. The wife of Mom Ratchavong also participated in the procession around the temple. In a sign of blessing and the memory of the visit to All Saints Church, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) gave the special visitors a gift of an icon of St. Nicholas, made by Thai craftsmen, which was gratefully accepted.

After the service, the church parish council offered a tea party which was also attended by dignitaries.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) offers an icon of St. Nicholas as a gift to Mom Rajawongse Voravat Kasemsri
In the photo: Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) offers an icon of St. Nicholas as a gift to Mom Rajawongse Voravat Kasemsri

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