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!»