Today is probably our main Feast of Church. The finding of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God on Mt Athos was on the Bright Tuesday, and in Russian Church we celebrate this icon also in October (bringing of its copy to Moscow) and now (bringing of another copy to Valday Iveron monastery). But only today this feast falls to a public holiday of the “Yellow revolution” in the Philippines, so our parishioners and guests can attend the service. The Divine liturgy and moleben were led by thrice international clergy: Filipino, American and Russian priests and the flock from all Luzon gathered same as exactly one year ago when Metropolitan Pavel paid his visit to our parish.
Wholeheartedly, I congratulate all of you on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, on which, according to the tradition that has developed in our Church, we also celebrate the Day of Orthodox Youth. Today we remember a significant event, which has not only historical, but also great spiritual significance. On the one hand, a symbolic meeting of the Old and New Testaments takes place in the person of the righteous elder Simeon and the Divine Infant Jesus. On the other hand, this is a meeting of a man with God.
Meeting God takes a very special place in our life. Together with faith, we acquire the true meaning of being and a solid moral foundation, and when we strive to actively embody the Gospel words in our daily exploits, the Lord grants us spiritual vision and the ability to look at many things with reasoning. These valuable qualities, as we can see, are in great demand today, because it is sometimes extremely difficult to understand the flow of information. How difficult it can be to resist attempts by malicious forces to drag us into reckless adventures, dubious and even dangerous enterprises.
Spiritual vision is not at all the lot of the gray-haired elders, as it might seem at first glance. You probably remember well from the history lessons about the heroic deeds of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevskiy, whom the Russian Orthodox Church venerates as a saint. I would like to remind you that at the age of 19 he already won the Crusaders on the Neva, and he defeated the Livonian knights on the ice of Chudskoe Lake, before reaching the age of 21. Despite his youth, he was endowed by God with amazing wisdom and spiritual strength, as well as a deep understanding of what is beneficial for the country and people. This year we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of the blessed prince. In commemoration of the church and state celebrations timed to this date, I am glad to declare this jubilee year «The Year of Alexander Nevsky». May the life feat of this wonderful Russian saint inspire you to serve as an example to follow, and to help someone to meet God and join the rich spiritual treasury of Orthodox culture.
Today, on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, according to the remarkable Judaic tradition to consecrate the best to the Creator, a family of the previous bishop of a self-established congregation was consecrated to the Lord in His Church. Wish Nicolas, Ariadne, Christina, Jeremiah and Euphemia as well as little Joseph be enrolled in the book of life forever! All clergy of Manila deanery met in Tagaytay to celebrate the Meeting of the Lord.
The Department of Charity and Social Ministry of the Philippines-Vietnamese diocese started its activity among the poorest families in the city of Bacoor near Manila. Also, the local volunteers are taught to organise the feeding of the children and the hygiene.
People in Bacoor already know about the Russian Orthodox Church and quite a few of them are interested to become its members, so in future a new community of ROC can be established there.
On February 5, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi met with students of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese who are studying at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. Metropolitan Pavel told the students about his pastoral ministry and shared his experience. The students asked Vladyka questions about the spiritual life of the priest, humility, repentance and communication with the parishioners, and also discussed issues related to the further training of seminarians.
Last year, the Metropolitan of Manila and Hanoi Pavel blessed the foundation stone of the new church of St Thomas in the village of Kinabalan. Due to the pandemic, the construction was postponed. Now we are happy to announce the beginning of the works. With the help of the parishioners, the lot of land has been levelled, and sand has been delivered to cover the place under the foundation.
On January 19, on the feast of the Holy Theophany (Baptism of the Lord), according to the tradition of the Iveron parish of the Mother of God in Manila, the rite of the Great Consecration of waters was performed on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On this day, three […]
The patronal feast at the mission in honor of the St. Seraphim of Sarov in Lawigue, Tayabas (Manila Deanery) on January 15. At the end of the liturgy, Bibles and humanitarian aid were distributed to parishioners in need, and the sacrament of Baptism was performed over handmaid of God Irina.
In December 2023, with the blessing of Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi, in Kinabalan, Mindanao, the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese organized an Orthodox youth camp. The program of events included lectures on faith, as well as sports competitions and talent presentations. During the week, the participants expanded their knowledge of the […]
On January 4, a creative evening was held at the parish in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Vung Tau: everyone worked on it! First, the parents brought fruits and sweets, made blanks for crafts, dough for gingerbread! And then the children were already creating […]
December 27, in the parish of Kazan icon of the Mother of God in Vung Tau (Vietnam) a church meeting took place. The rector priest Evgeniy Tsukalo made a report on the life of the parish in 2023. Current issues and plans for the next year have been discussed then.
On Sunday, December 24, at the Archangel Michael Parish in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, a guest was received – priest Yevgeny Tsukalo, a cleric of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese. During the Divine Liturgy, he concelebrated with the clergy of the temple, Abbot Pavel (Khokhlov) and priest Seraphim Choi. ” It is […]
On December 17, the 28th Sunday after Pentecost, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Hanoi. On this day, a parish in honor of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg was visited by the secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Hieromonk Korniliy (Molev), who also celebrated the Liturgy. Now it’s really winter in […]