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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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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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28 January 2013

The statement from Orthodox Church in Thailand regarding the recent the provocation in the media.

Герб Православной Церкви в Таиланде

Representation of The Russian Orthodox Church
(Moscow Patriarchate) in The Kingdom of Thailand

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19 Sukhothai Soi 3, Sukhothai Road,
Dusit, 10300, Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand.
Tel.+(66) 81-7325021

Thai and Russian media have recently published an «interview» with «hegumen Tikhon, a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand,» in which the statement was made about the beginning of «the Russian Orthodox Church expansion,» plans «to convert 20-25% of local population into Orthodoxy by 2025», about the «opening of an additional 74 parishes in Thailand» and etc. In connection to this publications the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand declares:

The above-mentioned «hegumen Tikhon’ interview» publication is irresponsible and disgraceful provocation. There is no «hegumen Tikhon, a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church» in Thailand. An official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand is archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) who was giving this authority by the decision of Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Decree of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The plans announced in the «interview» are nonsense and do not have any real grounds. Moreover, these statements are damaging inter-religious relationship in Thailand.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand regrets that these lies which were initially published in a barely known Russian internet edition in Pattaya were later republished in many other media sources. Therefore, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand appointed priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna who is an acting arch-priest of the Orthodox Church of All Saints in Pattaya and the Chairman of the Committee of Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation to file a lawsuit to the law enforcement authorities of the Kingdom to determine the guilty persons and to take against them appropriate legal actions.

Representation of The Russian Orthodox Church
(Moscow Patriarchate) in The Kingdom of Thailand


26 January 2013

Ongoing cooperation between the Orthodox Church in Thailand (Moscow Patriarchate) and Thammasat University in Bangkok.

On January 26, 2013 a group of students from the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Thammasat University in Bangkok visited All Saints Church in Pattaya (Chonburi province) where they were well-received by the acting priest of the temple, the Chairman of the Committee of Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna.

Since father Danai is a native Thai who has received his theological education at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary he was able to convey effectively to his countrymen, who are mostly Buddhists, the truth of Orthodoxy and familiarize visitors with the Orthodox church layout. Priest Danai provided students with lots of explanations while they were examining icons and decorations. As father Danai noted «Orthodox icons are indeed «theology in color» because they visibly let us learn and understand what sometimes is so difficult to express with words».

In the photo: A group of students from the Thammasat University in Bangkok are in the All Saints Church in Pattaya (Chonburi province)
In the photo: A group of students from the Thammasat University in Bangkok are in the All Saints Church in Pattaya (Chonburi province).

23 January 2013

Bishop Nikolai of Nakhodka and Preobrazhensk visited the Church of All Saints.

The Church of All Saints in Pattaya was visited by His Grace bishop Nikolai of Nakhodka and Preobrazhensk. Vladyko arrived to Thailand with his private visit to congratulate his parishioners Alexey Ivanovich Panferov and Valentina Nikolaevna Panferova who are currently living in Pattaya with their 25th wedding anniversary and to hand high award of Russian Orthodox Church, the medal of Saint Prince Daniel of Moscow, to Mr. Panferov which he was awarded by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for his active support and sponsorship of construction of Kazan Cathedral of Nakhodka diocese.

Upon arrival to the Church of All Saints in Pattaya bishop Nikolai was welcomed by the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and the Chairman of the Committee of Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna. Vladyko administered the sacrament of matrimony over the God’s servant Alexey and the handmaid of God Valentina though a special order endorsed for those who lived in civilian marriage for many years but due to some circumstances didn’t get a chance to consecrate the marriage through the church matrimony. Afterwards Bishop Nikolai handed Patriarch Kirill’s award to Mr. Panferov.

His Grace bishop Nikolai of Nakhodka and Preobrazhensk in the Church of All Saints after administering the Sacrament of matrimony and giving  Patriarch Kirill’s award to Mr. Panferov
In the photo: His Grace bishop Nikolai of Nakhodka and Preobrazhensk in the Church of All Saints after administering the Sacrament of matrimony and giving Patriarch Kirill’s award to Mr. Panferov.

21 January 2013

Students from Kajonkiet International School visited Holy Trinity parish on Phuket.

Orthodox Holy Trinity parish on Phuket was visited by students from Kajonkiet International School. Priest Alexey Golovin guided more than 40 students through the temple. Children of Thai, Russian and French nationalities as well as their teachers learnt with great interest about the temple layout and Orthodox divine service, observed holy icons and paintings. Maria Golovina, the priest Alexey’s spouse, performed several holy hymns on the guests’ request. In turn, students lead by their singing and drama teacher, Mr. Andrew Snape, sung Christmas carol «Silent night! Holy night!». Afterwards the guests visited Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Chapel where baptistery used to administer sacrament of baptism is located. At the end the students enjoyed their time at the parish children’s playground.

Детский Рождественский праздничный вечер на Пхукете Детский Рождественский праздничный вечер на Пхукете
In the photo: Kajonkiet International School’ students visiting Holy Trinity parish in Phuket.

19 January 2013

Baptism of a local resident on the Epiphany day in Phuket.

A joyful celebration of the Lord’s Epiphany in the Holy Trinity Temple on Phuket was enhanced by the baptism of a Thai citizen, Miss. Kanokpat Chumpornpun, who received her Orthodox Christian name Chrysia in an honor of Saint Chrysia of Rome. A sacrament of Baptism was administered by Alexey Golovin, the priest of Holy Trinity temple.

Baptism of Miss. Kanokpat Chumpornpun, named Chrysia in Orthodoxy in an honor of Saint Chrysia of Rome, is being administered in the Chapel of Holy Trinity temple in Phuket
On the photo: Baptism of Miss. Kanokpat Chumpornpun, named Chrysia in Orthodoxy in an honor of Saint Chrysia of Rome, is being administered in the Chapel of Holy Trinity temple in Phuket.

Given blessings by the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), a handmaid of God Chrysia spent 6 months in catechism with a missionary Mr. Paul Sidebottom and Holy Trinity temple’s clergy studying the Holy Scriptures in English and the Law of God (by archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy) in Thai language. Chrysia pays lots of attention to Orthodox divine services and culture. She repeatedly helped with the temple cleaning and flowers planting on the temple territory.


13 January 2013

Children's Christmas evening festival in Phuket.

January 13, 2013 in celebration of the Nativity of Christ, the parish held an evening festival at Holy Trinity Church in Phuket. The celebration began with a thanksgiving prayer sung in the temple and continued with a theatrical performance arranged by the Sunday school students. The evening’s program included singing by the drama teacher, Andrew Snape and Miss Eugene a Sunday School student. The celebration ended with distributing Christmas gifts to the children and a buffet.

Children's Christmas evening festival in Phuket Children's Christmas evening festival in Phuket
In the photo: Children's Christmas evening festival in Phuket.

12 January 2013

Christmas celebration at Holy Trinity Church in Phuket.

13 January at 5:00 pm Holy Trinity Church held a Christmas program, a presentation of the Sunday school "Father Christmas" and a children’s animation program.


09 January 2013

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand met with Australian clergyman from ROCOR.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) had a meeting at St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok with a cleric of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), priest of Archangel Michael Orthodox Mission in Croydon, Fr. Adrian Augustus at his request.

With reference to His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, Fr. Adrian asked about the possibility of further theological education in Thailand under the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate with ROCOR candidates from Asian countries. The prospects of possible further cooperation of ROCOR with the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand were discussed. Recently theological courses were offered to the Indian citizen Polycarp (Rohan) Nehamaiyah and a citizen of the Philippines Felipe Balingit.

Archimandrite Oleg confirmed the parameters of possible cooperation, approved by the Office of the Moscow Patriarchate's foreign institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church. He expressed his willingness to support the possible missionary initiatives of ROCOR in the Asia-Pacific region.


07 January 2013

CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN THAILAND.

On the night of 6 to 7 January 2013 Orthodox Christians in Thailand celebrated Christmas. This year holiday services were performed at the St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok, All Saints Church in Pattaya (Chonburi province), Holy Trinity Church on Phuket, Holy Ascension Church on Samui, as well as at the church of Saint Great Martyr George in Phnom Penh and St. Panteleimon in Sihanoukville of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

In the Holy Dormition Monastery brethren held a reader’s service due to lack of a priest, who will visit the monastery January 9.

Pattaya and Phuket were especially crowded where numerous tourists and vacationers joined the residing parishioners of All Saints and Trinity Churches.

In Pattaya the evening festive service began at 6 January from 10:00 pm. Vigil and Divine Liturgy were served by the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin). On the occasion of Christmas, many pilgrims confessed and received Holy Communion. Throughout the feast day the church was filled with worshipers.

Christmas services at All Saints Church in Pattaya
In the photo: Christmas services at All Saints Church in Pattaya.

In the afternoon, All Saints’ Sunday school held a Christmas pictures competition and festive play. Archimandrite Oleg, who attended the children's party, congratulated the children for Christmas and thanked them for the program.

Competition of children's Christmas pictures in the Sunday School at the All Saints Church in Pattaya
In the photo: Competition of children's Christmas pictures in the Sunday School at the All Saints Church in Pattaya.

The same evening, the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand held ​​a festive evening service. Members of the Catholic community in Pattaya came to give congratulations on the Orthodox Nativity of Christ. In response, archimandrite Oleg gave the guests an icon of St. Nicholas, a saint of the undivided Church of Christ and patron saint of the Orthodox believers in Thailand.

Representatives of the Catholic community in Pattaya congratulate Orthodox Christmas
In the photo: Representatives of the Catholic community in Pattaya congratulate Orthodox Christmas.

French broadcaster «Sable Rouge» filmed the Orthodox community celebrating Christmas in Pattaya.

On Phuket vigil was served ​​by priest Alexey Golovin. Holy Trinity Church was festively decorated inside and illuminated by electric garlands outside by parishioners.

Christmas Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Phuket
In the photo: Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket.

The Church in Phuket is the largest Orthodox church in Thailand. More than 200 people came this year during the Christmas service in Phuket. As noted by archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, summing up the celebration of Christmas in Thailand: «It is gratifying that a year ago, the temple opened, consecrated in February 2012 by archbishop Mark of Egorievsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate foreign institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church, and has taken a worthy and important place in the life of the Russian community of the island. The obvious merit goes to the recently appointed priest from Tomsk Fr. Alexey Golovin».

Orthodox believers of Bangkok also had Holiday service on Christmas. At St. Nicholas Church the evening service (Vigil and Divine Liturgy) was performed by priest Daniel Wanna. In the evening of Christmas Day after festive Vespers there was a Christmas tree for the children of parishioners. The parish council of St. Nicholas Chapel in Bangkok offered ​​a traditional holiday dinner.

Fr. Daniel Wanna offers the cross at the end of the holiday service in Bangkok
In the photo: Fr. Daniel Wanna offers the cross at the end of the holiday service in Bangkok.

At Holy Ascension parish on Samui there was a festive service, despite the fact that the temple has not yet been finished. Arranged by the Orthodox Missionary Department (Moscow) and the Kolomenskaya Seminary, a student Roman Pashin, specially arrived for the holidays from Moscow to assist in the organization of services in Samui. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) blessed an evening reader’s service. Mr. Pashin also prepared those present for the Confession and Holy Communion at the Divine Liturgy, which would be available on January 8th on Samui, served by priest Alexei Golovin, on the second day of Christmas.

Space for the Christmas service on Samui is located right beneath the walls of the temple under construction
In the photo: Space for the Christmas service on Samui is located right beneath the walls of the temple under construction.

It is expected that for the feast of the Holy Dormition in 2013 the construction of a temple on Koh Samui will be completed, which will allow, upon consecration of the temple, the full liturgical life.

Due to the special care of the Hierarchy for the development of Orthodoxy in the South-East Asia for the first time this year, it became possible to send to Cambodia not only lay missionaries, but a clergyman.

In the Orthodox chapel of the Holy Great Martyr George, located at the Bulgarian Embassy, always kindly provided for the needs of the Russian community, Sunday services began, which coincided this year with Christmas Eve. Priest Roman Bychkov served All-Night Vigil on Saturday evening and Sunday Divine Liturgy. Fr. Roman was ordained for ministry in Thailand in December 2012. He was helped by Xenia Bychkova, and Ilya Molev, lecturer at the School of the Orthodox Missionary Department (Moscow), arriving especially for holidays from Moscow to assist in the organization of services in Cambodia. On Christmas eve night Fr. Roman Bychkov served festive Vigil.

During the services, according to the canons of the Church as the chapel belongs to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, following the commemoration of the Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church Kirill, Fr. Roman remembered His Eminence Kirill, Metropolitan of Varna and Veliki, the governor-chairman of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Fr. Roman Bychkov also gave a Christmas gift and heartfelt congratulations to the charge d'affaires of Bulgaria Mr. Svilen Popov on behalf of the Representative of Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrate Oleg (Cherepanin). In view of the special conditions of the religious situation in the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the vigil of the Orthodox Church of Phnom Penh also prayed Ethiopian citizens living in Cambodia.

Priest Roman Bychkov served Christmas Divine Liturgy ​​the morning of January 7 at the parish of the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon in Sihanoukville. Afterwards baby Samuel received the Holy Sacrament of Baptism.

Priest Roman Bychkov served a festive Divine Liturgy in the parish of the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon in Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
In the photo: Priest Roman Bychkov served a festive Divine Liturgy in the parish of the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon in Sihanoukville (Cambodia).

Preparing parishioners to worship, confess and receive Holy Communion was Ilya Molev, a lecturer at the School of the Orthodox Missionary at Synodal Missionary Department (Moscow). Church staff and members of the parish council visited the Russians jailed in Sihanoukville, consoling them for Christmas.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) praised the organization and conduct of the Christmas holidays in the parishes of the Orthodox Church in Thailand this year. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand and the parish councils, as well as all those who labored for the holidays. Archimandrite Oleg asked clergy serving in Thailand to plan the organization of festive Christmas services in the next year in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos.


02 January 2013

Adoption of Orthodoxy by citizen of Thailand.

In All Saints Church in Pattaya (Chonburi prov.), priest Daniel Wanna performed the Holy Sacrament of Baptism for the Thai Miss Pityapak Paosiri. Her Christian name is Mary, in honor of St. Mary of Egypt.

The newly bapstised Miss Maria studied for a few months under priest Daniel Wanna, who himself being a natural Thai explained the truth of the Orthodox faith in her mother tongue. According to Fr. Daniel the Orthodox literature translated into Thai is a great help in the catechesis of locals, especially The Law of God by Fr. Seraphim Slobodsky.

The newly baptised Miss Maria (Pityapak) Paosiri after her baptism in the Church of All Saints in Pattaya with priest Daniel Wanna
In the photo: The newly baptised Miss Maria (Pityapak) Paosiri after her baptism in the Church of All Saints in Pattaya with priest Daniel Wanna.

Priest Daniel received his compatriot by Holy Baptism, calling upon her to as often as possible to come to the temple of God, to confess and receive the Holy Mysteries of Christ. Also given to the newly baptized were Orthodox books published in Thai.


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