Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi arrived on the island of Mindanao of the Republic of the Philippines

Today, on February 19, 2020, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi arrived in the Republic of the Philippines on the island of Mindanao.

In Francisco Bangoy airport of Davao city Metropolitan Pavel was met by the Secretary of the Filipino-Vietnamese diocese Hieromonk Korniliy (Molev), clergyman of the parish in honour of Kazan icon of Mother of God of Vung Tau (Vietnam) priest Eugene Zukalo and the nun Maria (Buniel).

The visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel to the Republic of the Philippines will last until February 25. During this time, he is to visit the parishes in Manila, Davao, Arakan, Makalangot, Kinabalu, Banat, General Santos and Alabel.

During the archpastoral visit, the administrator of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese will perform 5 diaconal ordinations.

On February 21, Metropolitan Paul will celebrate the divine Liturgy in honor of St. Matrona of Moscow, Davao city. On February 22, a diocesan meeting is scheduled in Arakan with the participation of the clergy of Mindanao. On February 23, in Makalangot, the Administrator of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese will celebrate the divine Liturgy and blessing of the newly built church in honor of St. Seraphim of Sarov. On the same day, in Kinabalan, the blessing of the future church building will take place. On February 24, the divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the church in honor of St. Isidore of Rostov in Alabel. On February 25, in the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, Manila, Metropolitan Pavel will lead the divine Liturgy in the church in honor of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God.

During the archpastoral trip to the Republic of the Philippines, the Administrator of the Philippine — Vietnamese diocese will hold working meetings with representatives of the state authorities of cities and localities of the Republic and employees of the diplomatic corps of the Russian Federation.

Metropolitan Pavel is accompanied by: the Secretary of the Khanty-Mansi diocese, Hieromonk Anthony (Kirpichev); the Dean of the Surgut city deanery of the Khanty-Mansi diocese, Archpriest Anthony Isakov; the Dean of the Nizhnevartovsk city deanery of the Khanty-Mansi diocese, Archpriest Sergiy Shevchenko; and the cleric of the Resurrection Cathedral of the Khanty-Mansiysk diocese, deacon Daniel Matveev.

The Administrator of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi, is to visit the parishes in the Philippines

On February 19-25, 2020, the Administrator of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi will pay archpastoral visit to the Republic of the Philippines. His Eminence will attend the parishes in Manila, Davao, Arakan, Makalangot, Kinabalan, Banat, General Santos and Alabel; 5 deacon ordinations being in schedule.

On February 21, Metropolitan Pavel will celebrate the divine Liturgy in the parish of St. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city. On February 22, a diocesan meeting is scheduled in Arakan with the participation of the clergy of the diocese. On February 23, in Makalangot, the Administrator of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese will celebrate the divine Liturgy and blessing of the newly built church in honor of the venerable Seraphim of Sarov. On the same day, the blessing of the foundation stone of the future temple will take place in Kinabalan. On February 24, the divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the parish of St. Isidore of  Rostov in Alabel. On February 25, in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Archpastor will lead the festal divine Liturgy in the parish of the lveron icon of the Mother of God.

As well, during his visit his Eminence will hold working meetings with municipal authorities and Russian diplomats.

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Reference: by the decision Of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of August 30, 2019 (journal # 97), his Grace Metropolitan Pavel of Khanty-Mansi and Surgut, in addition to the present obedience, was entrusted to rule the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese of the Patriarchal Exarchate of South-East Asia with the title “Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi” within this diocese.

The Philippine-Vietnamese diocese was established by the decision of the Holy Synod of February 26, 2019 (journal # 8) within the Republic of the Philippines and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with the title of diocesan Bishop “of Manila and Hanoi”. It is included in the Patriarchal Exarchate of Southeast Asia.

Metropolitan Pavel celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city.

The 20th of October 2019

On Week 18 at Pentecost, Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city.

His Eminence was accompanied by: Priest Sergius Nagorny, Head of the Office of the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese; clergyman of the church of st. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), clergyman of the Khanty-Mansiysk diocese priest Evgeny Chebykin, clergyman of the Khanty-Mansiysk diocese deacon Anthony Dolgushin.

At the end of the service, Metropolitan Pavel addressed the audience:

«Dear fathers, brothers and sisters! Let me from the heart to congratulate you on the holiday of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Today we heard in the apostolic reading: “It is good the brethren to be together.” These words confirm that we have one Lord, we are one family, God has no ethnic difference, there is no Hellenic, Jew, Russian or Filipino – we are all His children, and He is our Father. Our task is to treat each other as an image and likeness of God. And in order to become like the image of God, and this is one of the main tasks of the Christian life, it is important not only to do good deeds and be exemplary in life, but it is very important to realize and see with our spiritual eyes our own sins. I am very happy to be with you today, performing the Divine Liturgy, the most important part of the Divine Services, when we were united in Christ, from the one body and blood of Christ. Let us be united in prayer, in deeds and in thoughts, and God grant that the Lord give us strength in carrying our earthly cross. I want to ask for your prayers, I’ll have a long journey ahead: first to Manila, then through China again to Russia, and after some time I will come back here again. We know that prayer does not know the distance, I wish everyone the help of God, I thank everyone again for common prayers, God bless everyone!»

чрез Китай снова в Россию, и через какое- то время вновь вернутся сюда, к вам. Мы знаем, что молитва не знает расстояний, всем желаю помощи Божией, благодарю всех еще раз за общие молитвы, храни всех Господь!»

Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel performed an All-Night Vigil in the church of St. bl. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city.

The 19th of October 2019

On the eve of Week 18 at Pentecost, Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel performed an All-Night Vigil in the church of St. bl. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city. His Eminence was accompanied by: Priest Sergius Nagorny, Head of the Office of the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese; clergyman of the church of st. Matrona of Moscow in the Davao city, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), clergyman of the Khanty-Mansiysk diocese, Deacon Anthony Dolgushin.

Metropolitan Pavel celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Kinabalan, Mindanao island.

The 19th of October 2019

Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the church in of St. Apostle Thomas in Kinabalan, Mindanao island.

His Eminence was consecrated: the rector of the church of St. John of Shanghai, Santa Maria Priest Siluan Thompson, Head of the Office of the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese Priest Sergius Nagorny; clergyman of the church of the Resurrection of Christ, General Santos hieromonk Vincent (Romanyuk), clergyman of the church of St. Matrona of Moscow in Davao city, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), clergyman of the church Matrons of Moscow, Priest Joakim Gonzales,, Priest Moses Cahilig, Priest Roman Buniel, clergyman of the Khanty-Mansi diocese, Deacon Anthony Dolgushin. The archpastor also performed the Sacrament of Baptism for the inhabitants of Kinabalan. After visiting the parishe of the Holy Epiphany in Talas, Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel held a meeting of the clergy of the island of Mindanao.

Metropolitan Pavel visited the parishes of southern part of the island of Mindanao.

The 18th of October 2019

Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel visited the parishes of the southern group on the island of Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.

The archpastor served a moleben at the parish of St. Nicholas of Myra in Kaiupo, and at the parish of St. John of Shanghaiin Kiamba, after which he talked with representatives of the community and presented everyone with souvenirs. Also Vladyka Pavel visited the unfinished temple in Maitum.

Metropolitan Pavel visited the parishes of northern and central parts of the island of Mindanao.

  The 17th of October 2019   On the second day of the stay of Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi on the island of Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines, was dedicated to visiting the parishes of the northern and central groups. Vladyka visited the parish of St. App Peter and Pavel in Salasang, the parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Arakan and the parish of St. Seraphim of Sarov in Makalangot. In the central group of the parishes, Metropolitan Pavel visited the community of St. John of Shanghai in the village of Santa Maria, and also visited the parish of St. Isidore Rostovsky in Alabel. While visiting parishes, the archpastor performed a prayer service and talked with parishioners. Vladyka Pavel spoke about the significance of the Christian faith in human life, about the structure of the Orthodox community, and spoke about himself and his ministry. In memory of the meeting, parishioners received commemorative gifts from Metropolitan Pavel — icons, beads, scarves.

Metropolitan Pavel met with the mayor of Davao City.

The 16th of October 2019

Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel, who was on a working visit to the island of Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines, met with the mayor of Davao City, Mindanao Island, Ms. Sara Duterte-Carpio.

During the conversation, the parties discussed various issues of cooperation in the development of church life in the parishes of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese located on the island of Mindanao.

The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of the Philippines Igor Anatolyevich Hovaev. Also, the Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel held a working meeting with the City Consul Pilar Braga.

Metropolitan Pavel visited the local parishes of the Northern Group in Philippines.

The 16th of October 2019

On the first day of his stay on the island of Mindanao, Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel visited the local parishes of the Northern Group.

Metropolitan Pavel visited the parish in Meokan of Saint Martyr Isidore, parish in Little Baguio of St. Helena Equal-to-the-Apostles, parish in Malibatuan of St. Righteous Anna. In each community, the archpastor performed a prayer service, talked with the parishioners, and then gave them memorable gifts – prayer ropes, scarves, icons.