Day of Russia in Vietnam

At the invitation of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vietnam, the dean of the Vietnamese Deanery of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Priest Yevgeny Tsukalo and Abbot Mikhei (Selyakov) took part in a state reception on the occasion of Russia Day, held in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Many of the most important government and commercial structures of Vietnam and Russia participated in the reception. Such events provide an opportunity to expand the circle of acquaintances, communication and missionary activities.

Feast of St Elena

The Memorial Day of Saints Constantine and Helena on June 3 is the patronal feast of the temple in the village of Little Baguio (Arakan, Mindanao Island), which is depicted above on the main page of this site. Little is English for “small”, unlike the “big” city of Baguio, which is located 200 km north of Manila, also high in the mountains and is considered the summer capital of the Philippines. It is not so hot there in summer, so the summer residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines is located there.

Thanksgiving moleben at school

On May 30, 2024, in connection with the end of the school year for most of the schools in the Philippines, Integrated School in Kinabalan, Malungon, Saranggani invited the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Philippines to hold a thanksgiving service for the successful end of the academic year. In response to the invitation, the secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church — hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) together with the rector of the Parish of the Theophany of the Lord in Talas, Davao del Sur — priest Joachim Gonzales, led the Thanksgiving Moleben in Kinabalan Integrated School. The service was attended not only by the students who were Orthodox Christians, but also by all the graduating students of the school. After the Moleben hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) blessed the graduates, together with their diplomas, with holy water and reminded them the importance of thanking God for everything in everyday. Father Korniliy also shared to the graduates that the service they experienced was the most traditional way of thanksgiving prayer. Congratulations to all graduates!

St. Isidores’ day

On May 27, the memory of two St. Isidores is celebrated: St. Isidore of Chios and St. Isidore of Rostov, the fool for Christ. Two parishes on the island of Mindanao celebrated their patronal feast on this day. At the parish in honor of the Martyr Isidore in the village of Meokan (North Cotabato) five priests of the deanery celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the new church, and two priests served at the parish in honor of St. Isidore of Rostov in the village of Alabel (Sarangani).

Unification of translations

On May 21, a meeting of the Working Group at the Synodal Missionary Department for the translation of liturgical texts into English took place. In the meeting of the Working Group led by the Chairman of the Synodal Missionary Department, Bishop Euthymius, the Secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev) took part.

The decision to create a Working Group on the translation of liturgical texts into English was overdue as a result of the identification of significant discrepancies in the liturgical literature in English. The clergy faced the problem of the lack of normative liturgical texts in English in the process of organizing and conducting the liturgical practice in the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa. In order to unify the liturgical texts in English used in the English-speaking parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church, it was proposed to unite the forces of clergymen, missionary practitioners carrying out missionary service in the Patriarchal Exarchates of Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as academic translation specialists.
Following the meeting, it was decided to prepare for publication an expanded text of the service book in English, including the following of the All-Night Vigil and Liturgy with detailed comments on the actions of the priest and deacon.