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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 January 2013

The progress of construction work on Orthodox temples in Thailand.

The Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand held a meeting which reviewed the building progress on the Holy Ascension parish in Samui (Surat Thani Province), St. Nicholas temple in Bangkok and the Holy Protection church in Pattaya. The participants of the meeting included the Committee of Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand and the managers of the construction company which is carrying out the building work. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, also attended the meeting.

The participants noted the intensity of work to complete the construction of the Holy Ascension church in Samui and the beginning of interior decoration inside the temple. Archimandrite Oleg reminded that Orthodox Christians from Samui and nearby islands hope to have the temple completed by the celebration of the Holy Ascension Day in 2013 and, therefore, more efforts should made to meet the expectations of the believers.

The construction of the Holy Ascension church in Samui (January 2013)
In the photo: The construction of the Holy Ascension church in Samui (January 2013).

While discussing the situation with the St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok where the construction is on the stage of finishing the foundation, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Committee of Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand have asked the builders to speed up the work. The necessity to build an earthquake-proof foundation and heavy rains are slowing down the construction. However, the participants of the meeting decided to approve previously agreed deadlines for St. Nicholas Church with the goal to perform the rite of consecration of the church and start regular divine services in December 2013. Priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna informed that the Foundation is performing tight control over the timing and quality of construction and reminded about the penalties specified in the contract for violation of the deadlines and poor quality of work.

The discussion on the Holy Protection church construction didn’t result in debates since the construction of the temple is carried out on time and funded by Thai counterparts. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) expressed his sincere gratitude to the leadership of the company «Dusit Pattaya Lake» for their decision to cover expenses for temple’s interior construction work while this work is specified by the contract to be paid by Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand. It is estimated that the temple will be fully completed and ready for the rite of consecration in 2-3 months.


29 January 2013

Orthodox Christian delegation attended the meeting "Pattaya Community Safety" at the City Hall in Pattaya.

Being invited by the Royal Thai Police Headquarters and Pattaya City Administration, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) and the Chairman of the Committee of Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation the acting priest of All Saints church in Pattaya priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna have attended the organizational meeting «Pattaya Community Safety» which was held in Pattaya City-Hall. There were participants from Thai Police Headquarters, Pattaya Administration and the representatives of foreign communities living in Pattaya. Russian community was presented by Mr. Victor Kriventsov, the Deputy Honorary Consul of Russian Federation in the Chonburi/Rayong provinces and prominent Russian businessmen.

Meeting on Pattaya Community Safety at the Pattaya City-Hall
In the photo: Meeting on Pattaya Community Safety at the Pattaya City-Hall.

The meeting was lead by the Office of the Royal Thai Police: by the Head of the Criminal Investigation Police in Thailand Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisarn Bhakdinarinath and the Head of the Central Investigative Bureau of Thailand Pol. Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapun.

The Mayor of Pattaya, Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume, welcomed the audience. Then the participants listened to the report presented by the police leadership regarding the crime situation in Pattaya, which is Thailand's main resort visited by 8.5 million tourists annually. The presenter assured that the police is able to prevent the crime growth in Pattaya. Thai police plans to establish a permanent representative office of Consumer Protection Committee which is a department within police structure in Thailand. This committee will help to prevent the cases of real estate investors’ cheating in Pattaya. Thai officials are also planning to upgrade the technical equipment of Pattaya Police department.

Pattaya’ Mayor Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume told the audience that special attention paid by Thai police department to Pattaya problems has already resulted in the crime decline in the city. After the presentations the participants split into four working groups to discuss specific questions.

Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) spent some time with the Mayor of Pattaya, Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume, discussing a number of issues of interest to the Orthodox community of the resort. As always, Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume kindly listened to the problematic issues of Orthodox believers and promised positive solutions on a number of them without a delay.


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.


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