What joy of life does not come without grief? What glory stands unchanged on earth? All ages are submissive to death. But the death of death is different. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His venerable ones. Serafima became an angel during her lifetime. Seraphim means fiery, and she burned with love for God like a torch, showing her neighbors the way to Him. Like a six-winged seraphim, she worked for Him in six hands. She had time for both the neighbors and those afar: she managed to feed hundreds of the poor, and to bring whole villages to Christ, at the same time not to miss church services. It is unknown when she slept. However, life was not too kind to her – the Lord tested her with sorrows more than once. But she learned the main thing in Orthodoxy – to forget about oneself. And the Giver of life did not wait long to take her to a better world, for she was already worthy. At the last service for her, all the priests of the Manila deanery prayed. Because of the strict quarantine, only the closest relatives were able to participate in the burial, but thousands of people in different parts of the world with prayers helped the angels carry Seraphim’s soul to a place where there is no illness or sadness.
Today we welcome to the Church the newly illumined servants of God — Daniel, Maria, and Juana. Please remember them in your prayers!
August 1 is the day of St. Seraphim of Sarov. A lot of parishioners gathered at the parish in Makalangot village for the patronal feast. The All-night vigil, Divine Liturgy and procession were led by the clergy of the diocese in Mindanao: the secretary of the diocese, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), […]
The baptism of the handmaid of God Mary took place in Davao at the parish of St Matrona of Moscow today. Congratulations to the born from water and Spirit for the new life!
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov met with the Secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, cleric of the Church of the Blessed Matrona of Moscow in Davao, Father Cornelius. Issues of the presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Philippines were discussed.
The Secretary of the Diocese Hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) and Priest Moses Kahilig performed a memorial service at the cemetery of Guiuan, where Russian refugees who fled from China in 1949 from the persecution of Communists are buried. A prayer service was held with the akathist to St John of Shanghai […]
On May 31 the “Round-the-world” icon of the Intercession of the Mother of God completed its journey through the Orthodox Philippines by visiting the parish of Christ the Savior in Tagaytay. Among the pious Christians who found an opportunity to come to Tagaytay on a working day to honor the […]
On May 29, the icon of the Intercession of the Mother of God with other shrines completed its journey through Mindanao Island, after Arakan visiting the parishes of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov in Makalangot and St. Apostles Peter and Paul in Salasan.
On May 29, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, the wedding of our parishioners Sergius and Mary was performed at the parish in honor of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God in Manila after the Divine Liturgy. From the bride’s side, invited relatives and friends attended the sacraments; […]
On May 28 the “Round-the-world” icon of the Intercession of the Mother of God, particles of the Holy Cross and relics of the saints arrived in the Northern Deanery of Mindanao. They were offered to the parishioners of the churches of St. Isidore in Meokan, of St. Equal-to-the-Apostles Elena in […]
5 people were baptized in the parishes in Davao and Arakan