Seminar in Davao

At the training center of St. Matrona of Moscow a seminar on Lenten services was held. This time, Priest Moses Kahilig and Priest Joachim Gonzalez, together with their Matushkas, took part in it. The fathers served the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts under the guidance of Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), and their Matushkas learned Lenten Hymns. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was partially translated into the Cebuano language for this seminar.

First baptism

The first baptism of 3 babies was officiated by the newly ordained priest Ambrose Sumagaysay in Meocan river (Little Baguio, Cotabato). Priest Moses Cahilig assisted.

Feast of Church in Manila

One of the four holidays of the year in honor of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, February 25, coincides with the national holiday – Day of the EDSA Revolution (1986), so on this day many parishioners have the opportunity to visit the temple. In addition, according to tradition, the Iveron parish on this day invites priests and parishioners of all parishes of the Manila Deanery to celebrate together. The icon was found by Athos monks on Easter Tuesday in the 11th century. October 26, 1648 its copy was met in Moscow (after the revolution in 1917 it was lost). February 25, 1656, another copy was transferred to the Valdai Monastery, and on May 6, 2012, the first copy was rediscovered and handed over to the Church.

Marriage in Siniloan

The first wedding ceremony according to the Russian Orthodox rite in the first Orthodox church in the Philippines in Siniloan was performed on Sunday, February 20 by the dean of the Manila Deanery, Hieromonk Alexei Lapshin and the rector of the Parish of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, Archimandrite Philemon Castro. Congratulations to Mark and Barbara on the creation of a new small church!