Liturgy in Ha Noi

On September, 13, Divine Liturgy was served at the parish in honor of blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg in Ha Noi.
With all the necessary precautions, many Orthodox people attended the service.
After the Liturgy, a blessing of water was performed.
With the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the head of the community Alexey Gankin was awarded the jubilee medal in honor of the “100th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate”.

The President of the Philippines expressed gratitude to the Russian Orthodox Church for support during the natural disaster

On September 11, 2020, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap sent a note to the Patriarchal Exarch of South East Asia, Metropolitan of Singapore and South East Asia Sergiy, expressing gratitude of the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte for expressing earlier condolences by Metropolitan Sergiy concerning consequences of the natural disaster that befell the Philippines – the devastating typhoon Wongfong, which hit the eastern part of Samar Island in May 2020.The entire eastern part of the island was destroyed by a natural disaster, and the authorities evacuated tens of thousands of local residents

ADDRESS OF PATRIARCH KIRILL of Moscow and all Russia on the day of Beheading of St John Baptist

Beloved in the Lord, most Reverend archpastors, all-honorable fathers, dear brothers and sisters!

On the feast of the beheading of the Baptist John, the Church prescribes strict fasting, so that, as the Scripture says, ” we do not become accomplices of Herod’s gluttony.” If king Herod had refrained from excessive wine drinking, which inflamed his pride and other passions, then perhaps he would have come to his senses and would not have given the order to cut off the head of Saint John, whom he himself revered as a righteous man.
Unfortunately, people often commit irreparable sinful acts under the influence of alcohol, while intoxicated, they do things that they would never allow themselves to do when sober. Such actions sometimes destroy not only their lives, but also the lives of others. Discussing this, Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk warns: “a drunken man is capable of all sorts of evil, goes to all sorts of temptations”.
As a reminder of the harmful consequences of intemperance and self-indulgence, the Holy Synod of our Church has decided to celebrate Sobriety Day every year on the feast of the beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Today, many people who suffer from various types of addictions are aware of their harmfulness and seek help from Church organizations, which are already more than six hundred. It is obvious that in the fight against addiction, not only medical technologies are needed. Changing of mind is one of the most important conditions that help a suffering person overcome the inertia of sin.
Through the prayers of the Baptist John may God help us to overcome passions and, on the advice of the Apostle Paul, “be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, making melody in our hearts to the Lord” (Eph. 5, 19).

Day of knowledge

On September 1, a festive line-up on the occasion of the Day of knowledge was held in Vung Tau, in the Russian microdistrict. The rector of the parish of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, priest Yevgeny Tsukalo, was invited to this holiday.
In the evening of the same day, a prayer service was held for children in the parish before the start of the School year. It is gratifying that there were those who wanted to ask God for help in their studies.

Мeeting of the Synod of the Patriarchal Exarchate of South-East Asia

On September 2, 2020, a meeting of the Synod of the Patriarchal Exarchate of South-East Asia was held at the Church of the life-giving Trinity in Ostankino, Moscow, under the chairmanship of the Patriarchal Exarch of South-East Asia, Metropolitan Sergius of Singapore and South-East Asia.

The Synod was attended by Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi and Archbishop Theophan of Korea.

The Synod members expressed their gratitude to his Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church for their attention to the Orthodoxy in Asia, the development of the life of Church communities and the organizations, including the election of the vicar of the diocese of Singapore. The archpastors welcomed the newly ordained Bishop Pitirim of Jakarta, who took part in the Synod meeting at the invitation of the Patriarchal Exarch with the right of advisory vote (according to paragraph 7 of the Internal regulations on the Patriarchal Exarchate of Southeast Asia).

During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the life of the Patriarchal Exarchate were considered.

Metropolitan Pavel concelebrated the liturgy with Patriarch Kirill on the feast of Donskaya icon

On September 1, 2020, is the feast of the Donskaya icon of the Mother of God; his Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia led the divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Donskoy monastery in Moscow, followed by the ordination of Archimandrite Pitirim (Dondenko) as Bishop of Jakarta, vicar of the diocese of Singapore.
September 1 is also the Day of knowledge, new school year day. On this day, the Russian Orthodox Church performs prayers for teachers and students.
Upon arrival at the Cathedral, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill bowed to the miraculous Donskaya icon of the Mother of God, which was brought to this monastery from The state Tretyakov gallery for this holiday.
At the Liturgy among the concelebrating hierarchs were: Metropolitan of Singapore and South-East Asia Sergiy, the Patriarchal Exarch of South-East Asia; Metropolitan of Khanty-Mansiysk and Surgut Paul, managing the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese; Metropolitan Korsunsky Anthony, Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe; Archbishop Theophan of Korea; Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Secretary of the diocese of Thailand, rector of the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok and other hierarchs, clergy and monastics.
The choir of the Donskoy monastery (Regent — P. V. Muntyan) performed the liturgical chants.
The service was attended by: Chairman of Committee on development of civil society, public and religious associations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Gavrilov; chargé d’affaires of the Republic of Indonesia in the Russian Federation Azis Nurvahudi; head of Department of national policy and interregional relations of the city of Moscow V. I. Suchkov; the head of the Donskoy district of Moscow D. I. Sokolov.
Among those who prayed at the Liturgy was a group of seminarians from Indonesia and the Philippines who were studying at Moscow and St. Petersburg theological schools and who, with the blessing of the Patriarchal Exarch of Southeast Asia, Metropolitan Sergiy of Singapore and Southeast Asia, made pilgrimage trips to the churches and monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church during the holidays. The group is accompanied by an employee of the Department of external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, D. I. Petrovsky.
The Patriarchal Service was broadcast live on the Soyuz and Spas TV channels and on the official portal of the Russian Orthodox Church Патриархия.ru. For the convenience of the faithful, a large screen was installed on the Cathedral square of the Donskoy monastery, where the broadcast from the Cathedral was broadcast.
The special litany included petitions for the beginning of the school year. At the special litany, prayer petitions were also made to get rid of the spread of coronavirus infection.
After a special litany, his Holiness read a prayer for teachers and students: “O Lord, o God and our Creator, who hast honored us with Thy image, who hast taught us Thy chosen ones, as Thou hast revealed wisdom to those who listen to Thy teaching as a child; as Thou hast taught Solomon and all those who seek Thy wisdom, open the hearts, minds, and mouths of these Thy servants, so that Thou mayest enjoy the power of Thy law, and Thy will. Deliver them from every enemy, keep them in Orthodox faith, and in all piety and purity all the days of their life, so that they may succeed in understanding and in fulfilling Thy commandments; so that they may glorify Thy most Holy name, and be heirs of Thy Kingdom. Thou art the God mighty in mercy, and blessings of the fortress, and to Thee is all glory, honor and worship, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, always, now and ever, and unto ages of ages, Amen.”
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church also offered up a prayer during the spread of the malicious plague that occurred.
The sermon before communion was delivered by hieromonk Hermogenes (Burygin), Executive Secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Department.
At the end of the Liturgy, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill addressed Bishop Pitirim of Jakarta to the service and presented him with the Bishop’s baton. The newly ordained Hierarch traditionally gave the faithful the first archpastoral blessing.
Then his Holiness performed the rite of prayer singing at the beginning of the teaching of the youths. The Primate of the Russian Church read a prayer for the beginning of the new school year.
His Holiness the Patriarch also performed a glorification and prayer before the Donskaya icon of the Mother of God and bowed to the miraculous image and venerable relics of Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of all Russia.
On behalf of the inhabitants and parishioners of the Donskoy monastery, Bishop Eugene Bronnitsky congratulated his Holiness on the patronal feast of the monastery and presented his Holiness with a copy of the Donskaya icon of the Mother of God.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the faithful with the Primate’s word.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill welcomed Bishop Eugene of Bronnitsky and presented him with a cross with the image of the Moscow saints in memory of the service.

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