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

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November 09, 2013:
Orthodox monastery flooded in Thailand.

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July 11, 2013:
Saint Panteleimon Orthodox parish helps a medical clinic in Cambodia.

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July 08, 2013:
Official notice on the health of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin)

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June 23, 2013:
Pentecost celebration on Phuket.

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June 21, 2013:
A message by archbishop Mark of Egorievsk.

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June 19, 2013:
Charity gift by Siam Commercial Bank.

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June 16, 2013:
Thai citizen embraced Orthodoxy.

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June 13, 2013:
New Orthodox church opened on Samui island.

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June 11, 2013:
Visiting the Russian Independence Day celebration banquet.

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26 March 2013

Orthodox Church in Thailand preparing for Romanov dynasty 400-years anniversary celebration.

Orthodox Representation in Thailand organized a work meeting that discussed preparations for celebrating the 400th anniversary of Russia's last Tsar dynasty.

This date has special significance for relationships between Russia in Thailand. Russian Empire's position in the late 19th century and a friendship between last Tsar Nicholas II (Romanov) and King of Siam Rava V (Chulalongkorn) played an important role in Thailand's maintaining independence from Western colonial powers.

A preliminary program of the celebration includes:

Festivities will take place in November and December 2013.

The work meeting was also attended by Russian vice-consul in Thailand Alexey Falunin. Its decisions will be sent for approval to the Russian Orthodox Church Hierarchy.

Romanov family
Romanov family. From: http://klin-demianovo.ru

26 March 2013

The Orthodox clergy of Thailand will study Thai language.

Archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Represen­tative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand issued a decree, that charges all priests and staff church workers in Thailand to complete a course of Thai language (writing and speaking) in 2013.

This decision was made to improve pastoral and missionary work of Orthodox servants in Thailand and their adaptation to local life. “We will consider language skills an important criterion showing the level of every church servant's work”, says archimadrite Oleg.

The Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation showed understanding of Representative's decision and agreed to cover study expenses if needed. Also during this year, priests and church workers in Thailand will have several lectures on history and culture of the Kingdom as well as its labor and immigration laws. They will also have readings on Buddhism, Thailand's national religion followed by 85% of Thai people.


24 March 2013

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand visited a reception on the occasion of the election of new Pope of Rome.

By Nunciature of Vatican and Catholic Bishop Conference in Thailand, archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) was invited to the reception dedicated to the election of new Pope of Rome Francis.

On behalf of the Orthodox Christians in Thailand the Representative warmly congratulated Roman Catholic believers with such an important event in their life.

Archimandrite Oleg also sent his greetings to a newly appointed Vatican Nuncio archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, who also serves as Vatican Nuncio in Cambodia and Apostolic Ambassador in Myanmar and Laos.


17 March 2013

Charity Fair held at Trinity parish on Phuket

The Fair took place after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday of Forgiveness, at the square before Trinity Church on Phuket island. It was organized by students of Sunday-school and their parents, with support by church's clergy.

Children made traditional Russian Butter Week treats – cakes, pancakes, puffs and other home-made bakery. The guests of the fair were also offered unique handiwork made by the students. A Shadow Theater performance was also made, which had a lot of success among visitors.

Charity Carnical Fair on Phuket Shadow theater - a Butter Week performance
Charity Fair on Phuket Shadow theater - a Butter Week performance.

The charity purpose of the fair was collecting funds to order the bells from Russia for Trinity Church. “Someday we could also ring merry bells on Easter to celebrate the Resurrection of the Saviour!” – the people at the Fair told about their goal.

Those wishing to help purchase the bells can also make a donation to a bank account (please mark “for the purchase of bells”.):

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

Or via PayPal:



14 March 2013

Land and building for a new Church on Samui officially registered.

An administrative committee of Samui Island (Surat Thani province) have issued an official license for Ascension Church building and land plot, thus completing their official registration as belonging to the Orthodox Church. The parish was given the address:

127/245 Moo 3, Tamboon Maret, Mooban Banthung,
Amper Ko Samui, Chanvat Surat Thani, 84140, Kingdom of Thailand

The church should be ready for service in no more than one or two months.


11 March 2013

A citizen of Kazakhstan returned home.

For about two weeks All Saints' parish in Pattaya was taking care of Vasily N., a 60-year old citizen of Kazakhstan, who came to Thailand for holiday and missed his return flight. As it turned out, Vasily had a psychiatric impediment and suffered exacerbations during which he could not perceive the reality clearly.

By the request of All Saints' parish council, archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, contacted the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Thailand. The consul of Kazakhstan, in turn, made agreements with SKAT airlines company and TEZ-tour travel agency that were organizing Vasily's holiday. On March 11, by joint efforts, Vasily was sent home to Kazakhstan.


10 March 2013

Another Citizen of Thailand Converted to Orthodoxy.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand and the rector of St. Nicolas Church in Bangkok, has baptized a citizen of Thailand Apinya Pungsangsuwan.

Apinya was born in 1997 in the town of Samut Sakhorn into a family of a driver and a housewife. She has two sisters; she is currently living with her family in Bangkok and is studying in the graduation class of the Thesabanomnoi school. The girl wishes to continue her study at university and become a professional translator.

About a year ago, Ms. Apinya independently became interested in Orthodoxy and started going to the St. Nicolas Church in Bangkok. She attended catechism courses at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. On March 3, 2013, she received Holy Baptism with the name Anastasia in honor of holy royal passion-bearer Grand Princess Anastasia (Romanova).

Miss Apinya Pungsangsuwan (Anastasia) near St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok
in the photo: Miss Apinya Pungsangsuwan (Anastasia) near St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok.

09 March 2013

Construction of new St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok

Archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visited construction site of the new church being built in Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road Soi 101/1, to see its current progress. The foundation of the building is now almost finished and workers have begun raising concrete support structures. According to the head of the building party, 25 people are currently working on church building's construction. The labor does not stop at weekends, to catch up for two weeks' delay caused by recent heavy rains in Kingdom's capital.

Archimadrite Oleg appreciated the construction progress and gave permission to the Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand to set financial rewards for best workers on the construction.

Construction of St.Nicholas church in progress (March 2013)
Construction of St.Nicholas church in progress (March 2013)

06 March 2013

Blessing of the airplane and office of «LEGACY air» company.

At the request of the key personnel of «LEGACY air» company, archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Represen­tative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, visited U-Tapao airport 40 km from Pattaya and performed a blessing rite on company's new airplane as well as its office facility. On March 11 «LEGACY air» is expected to launch a new popular rout between tourist center Pattaya and Siem Reap in Cambodia, the location of Ankgor Wat, a famous historical and cultural monument.

It was also agreed that the company will give a 30 to 50% discount on all of their flights for priests working in South-East Asia as well as other Orthodox Church servants that travel on clerical business in the region.

Archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin with Legacy Air executives at U-Tapao Airport)
Archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin with «LEGACY air» executives at U-Tapao Airport)

04 March 2013

Church-wide Orthodox meeting took place in Thailand.

The meeting was held in All Saints' parish in Patthaya by the blessing of archbishop Mark, Head of the Department for Foreign Institutions of Russian Orthodox Church. The meeting was attended by:

The Conference was also attended by Alexey Falunin, a vice-consul of Russian Federation in Thailand.

Church-wide conference in Thailand. Archimadrite Oleg makes his report
Church-wide Orthodox meeting in Thailand. Archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin) making his report.

The agenda included following reports:

  1. Results of the work of Orthodox Church in Thailand by archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.
  2. Results of the work of Foundation of the Orthodox Church in Thailand by priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna, a Chairman of the Foundation.
  3. On current state of Trinity parish on Phuket island, by priest Alexey Golovin.
  4. On current state of All Saints' parish in Pattaya, by priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna.
  5. On current state of St. Nicholas parish in Bangkok, by Michel de Valerie, Deputy Chairman of St. Nicholas parish.
  6. On current state of Ascension parish on Samui island, by O. Voronov, member of parish council.
  7. On current state of Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi, by archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin).
  8. On current state of Orthodox parishes in Cambodia: St. George parish of Phnom Penh by S.A. Stepanov (Chairman of parish council) and St. Panteleimon parish of Sihanoukville by M. Yu. Ryumshin (Chairman of parish council).
  9. Discussion of current problems of Orthodox Church in Thailand by several contributors.
  10. Reviewing 2013 Development Program for Orthodox Church in Thailand and Presenting it to the Church Authority by archimadrite Oleg (Cherepanin).

Each of the talks lead to constructive discussions and decisions. Attendees agreed that general state and tendencies of Orthodoxy in Thailand are positive.

Participants of the Church-wide Orthodox meeting in All Saint's Church in Pattaya
Participants of the Church-wide Orthodox meeting in All Saint's Church in Pattaya.

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