Today is probably our main Feast of Church. The finding of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God on Mt Athos was on the Bright Tuesday, and in Russian Church we celebrate this icon also in October (bringing of its copy to Moscow) and now (bringing of another copy to Valday Iveron monastery). But only today this feast falls to a public holiday of the “Yellow revolution” in the Philippines, so our parishioners and guests can attend the service. The Divine liturgy and moleben were led by thrice international clergy: Filipino, American and Russian priests and the flock from all Luzon gathered same as exactly one year ago when Metropolitan Pavel paid his visit to our parish.
Wholeheartedly, I congratulate all of you on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, on which, according to the tradition that has developed in our Church, we also celebrate the Day of Orthodox Youth. Today we remember a significant event, which has not only historical, but also great spiritual significance. On the one hand, a symbolic meeting of the Old and New Testaments takes place in the person of the righteous elder Simeon and the Divine Infant Jesus. On the other hand, this is a meeting of a man with God.
Meeting God takes a very special place in our life. Together with faith, we acquire the true meaning of being and a solid moral foundation, and when we strive to actively embody the Gospel words in our daily exploits, the Lord grants us spiritual vision and the ability to look at many things with reasoning. These valuable qualities, as we can see, are in great demand today, because it is sometimes extremely difficult to understand the flow of information. How difficult it can be to resist attempts by malicious forces to drag us into reckless adventures, dubious and even dangerous enterprises.
Spiritual vision is not at all the lot of the gray-haired elders, as it might seem at first glance. You probably remember well from the history lessons about the heroic deeds of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevskiy, whom the Russian Orthodox Church venerates as a saint. I would like to remind you that at the age of 19 he already won the Crusaders on the Neva, and he defeated the Livonian knights on the ice of Chudskoe Lake, before reaching the age of 21. Despite his youth, he was endowed by God with amazing wisdom and spiritual strength, as well as a deep understanding of what is beneficial for the country and people. This year we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of the blessed prince. In commemoration of the church and state celebrations timed to this date, I am glad to declare this jubilee year «The Year of Alexander Nevsky». May the life feat of this wonderful Russian saint inspire you to serve as an example to follow, and to help someone to meet God and join the rich spiritual treasury of Orthodox culture.
Today, on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, according to the remarkable Judaic tradition to consecrate the best to the Creator, a family of the previous bishop of a self-established congregation was consecrated to the Lord in His Church. Wish Nicolas, Ariadne, Christina, Jeremiah and Euphemia as well as little Joseph be enrolled in the book of life forever! All clergy of Manila deanery met in Tagaytay to celebrate the Meeting of the Lord.
The Department of Charity and Social Ministry of the Philippines-Vietnamese diocese started its activity among the poorest families in the city of Bacoor near Manila. Also, the local volunteers are taught to organise the feeding of the children and the hygiene.
People in Bacoor already know about the Russian Orthodox Church and quite a few of them are interested to become its members, so in future a new community of ROC can be established there.
On February 5, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi met with students of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese who are studying at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. Metropolitan Pavel told the students about his pastoral ministry and shared his experience. The students asked Vladyka questions about the spiritual life of the priest, humility, repentance and communication with the parishioners, and also discussed issues related to the further training of seminarians.
Last year, the Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel blessed the foundation stone of the new church of St Thomas in the village of Kinabalan. Due to the pandemic, the construction was postponed. Now we are happy to announce the beginning of the works. With the help of the parishioners, the lot of land has been levelled, and sand has been delivered to cover the place under the foundation.
Divine Liturgy on the patron feast of the parish of St. Apostle Thomas, Kinabalan, Sarangani Province, Philippines. We magnify thee, the apostle of Christ Thomas, and we honour thy illnesses and labours, as you ministered preaching the word of Christ!
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