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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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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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30 April 2013

Progress in building new St. Nicholas church in Bangkok

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, and his assistant Vladimir Buntilov visited the construction site of the new church in Bangkok and surveyed current progress of the building. Father Oleg admitted that works in general are going according to the schedule. At present the foundation and the basement are completed, underground storage rooms are arranged and concrete bases of walls and temple dome are raised up. Concrete staircases are partly completed also.

At the same time the construction on an office building for the Representation of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand is going on. The foundation, the basement and concrete bases for first floor walls are finishes and the second floor construction has begun. According to the head of the construction company, all building and decoration should be complete in late September–early November 2013. A slight time lag is possible if floods or heavy rains strike in the upcoming wet season.

Construction in progress (April 2013) Construction in progress (April 2013)
Construction in progress (April 2013)

29 April 2013

An album of spiritual songs issued by the students of Sunday school on Phuket.

The CD was issued by the blessing of archimandrite Oleg, Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, on the threshold of joyful Pascha day. 1000 CDs will be distributed among Orthodox parishes in Thailand, and all the received donations will be sent as a financial support to poor local families.

An album of spiritual songs by students of Sunday school at Trinity Church on Phuket

"Resurrection Day" - a song from the album.


26 April 2013

Relics of St. Martyr and Healer Panteleimon to be brought to Thailand in December 2013.

An arc with the relics of much-reverend saint will be brought to Thailand and Cambodia for spiritual strengthening of Orthodox believers, from Tomsk city in Central Siberia, where they are currently kept. The sending was blessed by Rostislav, Metropolitan of Tomsk and Asino, on the request of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, with the consent of Department for Foreign Institutions of Russian Orthodox Church.

The relics will spend two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia and will be brought to all Orthodox parishes in these countries. Precise dates and schedules of services will be announced later.

An arc with the part of the relics of St. Martyr and Healer Panteleimon
An arc with the part of the relics of St. Martyr and Healer Panteleimon .

12 April 2013

A meeting of Russian community of Pattaya and International Police Association

The meeting was held at the Police Department of Chonburi, a province that includes resort town of Pattaya. Representatives of Russian community of the town and guests from Russian section of IPA, led by colonel A.L. Sheludko, met with the head of Chonburi police general-major Katcha Thartsart. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, also took part in the meeting.

Participants admitted good results of Pattaya Community Security program that was carried out in the town for last six months. During that time, the number of tourist robberies in the town fell from 30-40 a day to 1-2.

Archimandrite Oleg told the general that several times Russian citizens in Pattaya, convicted of pretty crimes, were punished in inadequately severe ways. There were occasions when some Russians who suffered from mental impediments were jailed and released by Thai court only after three to six months. Father Oleg asked the head of police for a right to intercede for such people. General Thartsart praised the work of Orthodox Church in Thailand and assured the archimandrite that the position of the Church will be taken into account.

Katcha Thartsart said that he would like to visit All Saints Church in Pattaya and take part in a banquet on May 9th. That day, known in Russia as the Day of Victory in World War II, is being celebrated in Pattaya by Russian community for several years.

At the end of the meeting colonel Sheludko awarded the chief of Chonburi police with Russian police service medal, and father Oleg gave him a book Katya and the Prince of Siam in Thai language.

Archimandrite Oleg presents general Thartsart with Katya and the Prince of Siam book
Archimandrite Oleg presents general Thartsart with Katya and the Prince of Siam book

09 April 2013

Orthodox Christians of Ko Chang visited Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, welcomed a group of Orthodox believers from Ko Chang island in Trat province, who petitioned him to open a church on the island.

Archimandrite Oleg explained legal requirements for opening a new parish and a routine of accomplishing such a project. According to the petition, Orthodox Christians on Ko Chang are currently looking for a suitable plot of land. Father Oleg promised to study the question further. He also reminded the visitors of the responsibility they will have if the decision to build a new church will be made.

A special commission, including one of the priests serving in Thailand, will soon be sent to the island, to study the situation on the spot.

Ko Chang (Thai เกาะช้าง, "Elephant island") — one of the biggest islands of Thailand, belonging to Trat province. Stretching for 215 square km, it is a third biggest island in the Kingdom after Phuket and Samui. Its highest point at Khaojomphisat is 744 meters above sea level. Ko Chang's population is 5356 people (in 2005) living in 8 villages. The island is the part of Mu-Ko-Chang national park and a popular tourist spot.(From Wikipedia)


08 April 2013

Feast of Annunciation and Cross Veneration Week were celebrated in Cambodia

Celebrations were held by the blessing of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, and took place in St. George Church in Phnom Penh and St. Panteleimon parish in Sihanoukville.

Father Roman Bychkov of Trinity Church on Phuket in Thailand was sent to Cambodia for the festivities. In Phnom Penh the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, April 6th, and in Sihanoukville – on the very day of the Feast of Annunciation, Sunday, April 7th. All attendees of the services took part in the Communion. Believers asked father Roman to make also occasional services in their homes.

A special joy to all the people was the baptism of two Cambodian citizen. Mr. Munn Mony took Christian name of Matthew, in honor of Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. Ms. Chheav Primprey was christened Paraskeva, in honor of saint martyr Paraskeva “the Friday”.

Representation of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, on behalf of all believers in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, congratulates the new members of the Church Matthew and Paraskeva with their spiritual birth in Christ.

Munn Mony (Matthew) and Chheav Primprey (Paraskeva), after their Baptism in St.George Church in Phnom Penh
Munn Mony (Matthew) and Chheav Primprey (Paraskeva), after their Baptism in St.George Church in Phnom Penh

Reference: Kuoch Munn Mony (Matthew) was born in 1964 in Такеv province in Cambodia, studied in Moscow at University of People's Friendship.

Chheav Primprey (Paraskeva) was born in 1981 in Phnom Penh. Graduated from Phnom Penh Institute of Technology with a Degree in Economics.


08 April 2013

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the Orthodox parishes of Thailand

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in April will be administered according to this schedule:

IN ST.NICHOLAS PARISH IN BANGKOK:
   April 27, 2013 (Saturday) --------------------------------------------starting at 9-00 am
IN ALL SAINTS PARISH IN PATTHAYA:
   April 28, 2013 (Sunday) ------------------------------------18.00
IN TRINITY CHURCH ON PHUKET:
   April 28, 2013 (Sunday) -------------------------------------------- starting at 18-00

During Anointing the healing grace of God is called on a sick person by anointing him or her with oil. Its history goes back to Apostles, to whom Jesus Christ gave power to heal deceases, so that they “anointed many sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark, 6:13).


05 April 2013

Acrhimandrite Oleg visited Huahin

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) had a two-day trip to Huahin town (Prachuapkhirinkhan province), where an opening of a new parish and building of a new church is planned. Father Oleg had a meeting with Orthodox believers and also visited land plots proposed for future church. He also studied special building regulations of the resort town.

Presently Orthodox Christians of Huahin have to travel about 120 kilometers to Dormition Monastery in Ratchaburi to attend a service. It was decided to go on with the building project and the organization of new parish.


01 April 2013

Prayers needed for victims of car accident on Phuket

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand urged Orthodox priests and believers to pray earnestly for two Russian teenagers, Sevastian Lukashov, 16, and Vladislav Andrashko, 15, who suffered serious damage in a car accident on Phuket island.

According to media reports, an accident happened last weekend on the road near Phuket International Hospital. Teenagers were riding a motorcycle when Honda automobile started to turn into a side-street in front of them. Collision threw the boys from their vehicle, and the motorcycle itself flew several dozen meters, struck the wall of the building and caught fire.

Priest Alexey Golovin of Trinity Church on Phuket, who visited the teenagers in a hospital, says that Sevastian Lukoshin is in a very difficult state. Boy had undergone an intracarnial surgery which lasted for five hours. The priest administered the Sacrament of the Anointing with the Oil over the patient. The youngster is currently in the reanimation department and is gradually getting better. Especially earnest prayers are said for him in Trinity church in Phuket before the icon of St. Sevastian of Karaganda and Other Saints of Kazakhstan, which holds relics of the saints.

Vladislav Adrashko, 15, is also in reanimation at the moment. «He regained consciousness, he can hear now and his state is currently stable», says father Alexey. The boy has a complicated leg fracture, his whole leg is bandaged and put into special bracing.

In All Saints Church in Pattaya prayers for the teenagers were said before the wonder-working icon of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra of Lycia, in Dormition monastery in Ratchaburi brothers prayed before a much-revered icon of «Our Lady of Iver».

«We believe,» says archimandrite Oleg, «that the merciful Lord will hear the prayers of His Church and will deliver the youngsters from their calamity, bringing joy to their parents and to everyone of us».

(used materials of ITAR-TASS).


28 March 2013

State delegation of Thailand visited Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.

The famous church was visited today by Deputy Prime-Minister of Thailand, Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who arrived in Moscow to take part in Russian-Thai inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation.

State Delegation of Thailand in Christ the Saviour Cathedral
State Delegation of Thailand in Christ the Saviour Cathedral

He was accompanied by high-ranking Thai officials: Itti Ditbanchong, Ambassador of Thailand to Russia; Vidjavat Isarabakdee, deputy permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry; Adisakdee Tanyakul, deputy head of National Security Council; Nantavan Sakuntanaga, deputy permanent secretary of Ministry of Commerce; Somchai Tiambunprasert, deputy permanent secretary of Science and Technology Ministry. Employees of Thai Embassy in Moscow, Thai Foreign Affairs ministry, and other participants of the inter-government committee were also present.

Guests visited Transfiguration and Nativity churches in the Cathedral and climbed up to its viewing platform. Prime-Minister Surapong left an entry in the book of honored guests in Thai and English.

Moscow Patriarchy representative D. Petrovsky and servants of the Cathedral told the visitors about its history, architectural features and sacred objects.

Minister Surapong lit a candle in the memory of royal family of Romanovs. It is widely known that personal friendship of last Tsar Nicholas II and King of Siam Rama V as well as overall position of Russian Empire in late 19th century played a big role in maintaining the independence of Siam from Western colonial powers. The friendship of two nations continues to develop, including religious connections.

Orthodox Christianity in Thailand is officially recognized by the state. There are five Orthodox churches and one monastery in the Kingdom, and two more churches are being built. In honor of Romanov House's 400th anniversary, Representation of Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodox Church in Thailand Foundation plan a special celebration program. It includes a grand consecration of new St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok, a chapel and a baptistery in the name of Royal Martyrs, and establishing a bronze monument to Nicholas II and Rama V.

Used materials from Department of Communication of DECR https://mospat.ru/en/.


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