Litia in St Petersburg

A cleric of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese performed a requiem mass at the St. Nicholas Cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St Petersburg city, Russia. On June 25, 2023, the birthday and namesday of Anna Gavrilovna Telpis, a long-term employee of the Faculty of Church Arts of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, Hieromonk John (Gondayao) performed a requiem mass at her grave at the Nikolsky Cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Graduates and students of the Academy remember Anna Gavrilovna as a responsible assistant on duty and a wise person who, because of her kindness and care, will forever remain in their hearts.

Liturgy in Bacoor

On July 25, on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, at the parish of St Nicolas in Bacoor city, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Services are held in the chapel, renovated with funds raised by Priest Siluan Thompson (ROCOR), who devoted many years to the mission on Mindanao Island, and now serves again in his homeland – in the United States, not forgetting about his spiritual brothers in the Philippines.

Construction of the temple

On June 22, 2023, the secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church – hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) visited the ongoing construction of the church in honor of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Kinabalan, Sarangani. In his visit, he thanked the workers for finishing the first floor of the church building and he also gave instructions for future work.

Meeting with students

On June 14, 2023, 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 talked to the students about pastoral ministry and shared his experience.

Anniversary of ordination

Congratulations on the Day of Episcopal consecration to Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka! Congratulations on the 12th anniversary of your Episcopal consecration! Having accepted the care of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, you strive in this God-saved lot to enlighten people with “the knowledge of the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:6). “Lord, You know, for I love You” (John 21:16) — this is the ancient testimony of the disciples of Christ, who strive to serve the incarnate Word sacrificially and selflessly. The greatest sign of this love is episcopal service, service to God and to everyone, even the smallest child of the verbal flock entrusted by Christ. Today is the day on which you brought the words of your love to Christ, in the image of the apostle Peter, and heard the good answer of the Lord: “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-16). Taking care of the entrusted flock is a great blessing and the greatest responsibility, a joyful service, and sometimes an unbearable test. On this special day, we cordially congratulate you on the day of your personal Pentecost and prayerfully wish that the Giver of all good things, the Lord, “who blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heaven” (Eph. 1:4), would send you His all-powerful help and bless your further archpastoral ministry for the benefit of the Holy Church and the people of God with health and well-being.

Day of Pushkin

Festive events dedicated to the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s birthday (June 6) and the Day of the Russian Language were held in Mehan Park of Manila on June 7. These events are not taking place for the first time: last year, the Russian Federation presented the Republic of the Philippines with a monument to the poet, which was installed in Mehan Park. The event is organized jointly by the Russian Embassy in the Philippines and the Manila City Hall. Officials of both states took part in it: Russian Ambassador M. Pavlov, Senator A. Pimentel, representatives of the city halls of Manila and Moscow, as well as public organizations and the Russian Orthodox Church. Filipinos, former students of Soviet universities, and other lovers of Russian culture came to honor the memory of the great poet, the father of the modern Russian language.