Feast of the Holy Cross

O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries. And by virtue of Your Cross, preserve Your habitation 🙏

On September 27, a festive divine service was held in Siniloan at the parish in honor of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord with the ceremony of the exaltation of the Holy Cross and a procession. The Divine service was led by the rector of the parish, Archimandrite Philemon Castro and the dean of the Manila Deanery, Hieromonk Alexey Lapshin. On the occasion of the patronal feast, a particle of the Life-Giving Cross was delivered from Manila.

Baptism in Antiochian parish

On September 12, Hieromonk Alexei (Lapshin), Dean of the Manila Deanery, at the invitation of the cleric of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Priest Methodius Rafanan, visited the parish of the Antiochian Patriarchate in Caloocan where six people were baptized. Among those baptized are former clerics of non-canonical Orthodox denominations who wished to unite with the Orthodox Church and be baptized according to its rite.

Student summer

The summer holidays are over. If students of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy from Indonesia had written an essay on “how I spent the summer”, then in addition to information about participation in divine services, it would have sounded something like this: “On Indonesia’s Independence Day, which is celebrated annually on August 17, we attended a concert in the Hermitage Garden, where we met with Indonesian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus Jose Tavares and Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyova. In August alone, we managed to visit the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery in Zvenigorod and the Holy Trinity Stephano-Mahrishch Stavropol Convent located on the Molokcha River in the ancient village of Mahra, 15 kilometers from the city of Alexandrov, Vladimir region. At the end of the holidays, we visited St. Catherine’s Stavropol Monastery in the city of Vidnoye, Moscow region.”

And SBPDA students from the Philippines spent all their free summer time on obediences in the Khanty-Mansi diocese with Metropolitan Paul of Manila and Hanoi. Students accompanied Vladyka on archpastoral trips, helped subdeacons at divine services, learned to bake prosphora and took part in the restoration of the Resurrection Cathedral in Khanty-Mansiysk. In the same place, the recently ordained hieromonk John (Gondayao) passed sorokoust and for the first time took confession.