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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.


31 December 2012

Congratulations from archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) for Christmas and New Year.

Holy Nativity

CHRIST IS BORN, GLORIFY HIM!

Dear in the Lord Brothers and Sisters!

I hasten to congratulate each of you with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013!

Thank you for the common prayers and labors, for your support and assistance in the service of our Holy Church.

Let the Nativity’s Christ Child enter the world of your soul, on which the Holy Night Christmas heavenly angels sang: «Glory and peace on earth» (Lk.2, 14) and without offense may He keep you on His saving way to Eternity.

I sincerely wish you good health and success, all the best in all good endeavors.

With a prayer for you,
archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin)

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

Holy Nativity 2012/2013
Bangkok.


30 December 2012

Thai baptized as Orthodox Christian.

Sunday after the Divine Liturgy in the chapel of St. Nicholas, priest Roman Bychkov performed the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on the citizen of Thailand, Vitaly named in honor of St. Vitaly of Alexandria. For more than half a year the new servant of God Vitaly came to St. Nicholas Chapel, which hosted catechesis and the basics of Orthodoxy led by Paul Sidebottom at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) warmly congratulated the newly baptized and wished him spiritual growth, presenting him with the blessing of the icon of Christ the Savior.

Priest Roman Bychkov anoints the newly baptized Mr. Vitaly with Holy Myrrh
In the photo: Priest Roman Bychkov anoints the newly baptized Mr. Vitaly with Holy Myrrh.

Reference: Mr. Vitaly was born in 1973 to a family of state-employees, living in Bangkok. He graduated from Kasem Bundit University with a degree management. Since 2012 he began to regularly visit St. Nicholas Chapel, Bangkok, where the catechism courses were held at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. He was baptized December 30, 2012 with the name Vitaly in honor of St. Vitaly of Alexandria.


28 December 2012

Appreciation of Orthodox believers from His Majesty King of Thailand.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) received a letter from the Office of the Personal Secretary of H.M. the King of Thailand Bhumibol Addulyadett (Rama IX), 25.12.2012 № 003.4/34368 in which in particular, says that His Majesty has been informed of the good wishes from the Russian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the 85th birthday of His Majesty. His Majesty the King of Thailand Bhumibol Addulyadet (Rama IX Great) expressed «to the members of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand heartfelt thanks for the gesture of goodwill».

Reference: According to the Constitution of Thailand H.M. the King is the supreme patron of all religions in the Kingdom. Freedom of conscience and religion is enshrined in the law of the state as an important and integral part of the rights and freedoms of Thai citizens.


25 December 2012

Second edition of the Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book published.

With the parallel Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book out of print, a second edition of the prayer book has been in demand by the Russian-speaking congregations and the local residents. The first edition of the Orthodox prayer book was done with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (now Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia). The second edition has been corrected of inaccuracies in the first and some prayers modified.

Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book (2nd edition) Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book (2nd edition)
Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book (2nd edition)

Financial support for the second edition of the Russian-Thai Orthodox prayer book was provided by the Foundation of the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand. It was edited by archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. Translation and proofreading the text in Thai was done by ​priest Daniel Wanna and Natalia (Napatra) Apichatapong, a student at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. Dr. Vladimir Buntilov formatted the design and layout.

The circulation of the second edition of the Orthodox prayer book is 500 copies to be sent to the parishes in Thailand. Also, several copies will be sent to the Russian seminaries and missionary organizations.


25 December 2012

The relics of St. Nicholas end their stay in Thailand.

The relics of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia ended their stay in Thailand. Before leaving, the community of All Saints Church in Pattaya requested their return. Therefore, after being at the chapel in Bangkok on December 20, the holy relics were brought back to Pattaya to All Saints Church for public worship. In the days prior to the departure of the holy relics to Russia, the clergy of Orthodox churches in Thailand offered several prayer services. From morning to evening the church was not left without prayer. May it be blessed by God through the prayers of St. Nicholas.

Reliquary of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia
In the photo: Reliquary of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra in Lycia.

On December 24th the relics were taken to the second temple in Pattaya of Holy Protection where a prayer service was held and the reliquary made procession around the temple which is to be dedicated in the first quarter of 2013. On the morning of December 25 after a prayer service at All Saints, the clergy accompanied the reliquary to Suvarnaphumi Airport on the return to Moscow. More than 3,000 people visited the holy relics in Thailand.

The Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand warmly thanked His Eminence archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk the Head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for foreign institutions for blessing the visit of the holy relics of St. Nicholas in Thailand, as well as:

Holy Father Nicholas, pray to God for us!


23 December 2012

DIVINE SERVICES SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS 2012/2013 IN THAILAND.

Orthodox Church in Thailand picture

DIVINE SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND WILL BE CONDUCTED ACCORDING THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

PATTAYA. All Saints church:

06 January. Sunday.
18.00
Moleben in hotel «Royal Cliff».
Night from 06 January (Sunday)
to 7 January (Monday)
from 22.00
Night Christmas Service in the church of All Saints. Afterwards – Divine Liturgy.
Priest - archim. Oleg (Cherepanin).

BANGKOK. St. Nicholas church:

Night from 06 January (Sunday)
to 7 January (Monday)
from 22.00
Night Christmas Service. Afterwards – Divine Liturgy.
Priest - priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna.
07 January. Monday.
17.00
Christmas Vigil. Festal dinner.
Priest - priest Danai (Daniel) Wanna.

Phuket. Church of Holy Trinity:

Night from 06 January (Sunday)
to 7 January (Monday)
from 22.00
Night Christmas Service. Afterwards – Divine Liturgy.
Priest - priest Alexey Golovin.

Samui. Holy Ascension church:

Night from 06 January (Sunday)
to 7 January (Monday)
from 22.00
Christmas reader's service.
Reader - missionary Roman Pashin.
08 January. Tuesday.
10.00
Divine Liturgy.
Priest - priest Alexey Golovin.


20 December 2012

In Bangkok, prayer service of the new temple’s foundation.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia construction has begun on a new St. Nicholas Cathedral in the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. In this regard, the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) concelebrated with clergy of the Orthodox parishes in Thailand - priest Daniel Wanna, priest Roman Bychkov and hierodeacon Mikhail (Csepel) the rite of founding a temple at the construction site. Also at the construction site were the holy relics of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra and the miraculous icon of the saint of God, in whose presence the prayers were offered.

Founding prayers of the new St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok (20.12.2012)
In the photo: Founding prayers of the new St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok (20.12.2012).

Not only believers from Bangkok, but the Orthodox from other places in Thailand came to share the joy of the Bangkok parish. After the conclusion of the foundation rite for a temple, the akathist to St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker was served. For the achievement of bringing the relics of the saint of God to Thailand, Foundation Committee of the Orthodox Church in Thailand awarded Honorary Badge "for good causes" Nicholay Igorevich Goryachkin and Alexander Grigorievich Okhrimenko, those who labored to host the relics of St. Nicholas in Thailand.

Russian and local media covered this event of the temple foundation.


18 December 2012

The holy relics of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra visited Samui.

From December 17 to 18, the relics of St. Nicholas and his miraculous icon were on Samui. The relics and icon were accompanied by the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), priest Daniel Wanna, hierodeacon Michael (Csepel) and Mr. Alexander Okhrimenko. At the airport, Orthodox believers of Holy Ascension Church met the holy relics and the miraculous icon. In the walls of the church the prayers were offered both days and the faithful were able to venerate the saint of God St. Nicholas. The evening of December 18 the relics returned back to Bangkok.

Veneration of the holy relics of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra, the Wonder-worker at the construction site of Holy Ascension Church on Samui
In the photo: Veneration of the holy relics of St. Nicholas, archbishop of Myra, the Wonder-worker at the construction site of Holy Ascension Church on Samui.

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