Thanksgiving moleben at school

On May 30, 2024, in connection with the end of the school year for most of the schools in the Philippines, Integrated School in Kinabalan, Malungon, Saranggani invited the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Philippines to hold a thanksgiving service for the successful end of the academic year. In response to the invitation, the secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church — hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) together with the rector of the Parish of the Theophany of the Lord in Talas, Davao del Sur — priest Joachim Gonzales, led the Thanksgiving Moleben in Kinabalan Integrated School. The service was attended not only by the students who were Orthodox Christians, but also by all the graduating students of the school. After the Moleben hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) blessed the graduates, together with their diplomas, with holy water and reminded them the importance of thanking God for everything in everyday. Father Korniliy also shared to the graduates that the service they experienced was the most traditional way of thanksgiving prayer. Congratulations to all graduates!

St. Isidores’ day

On May 27, the memory of two St. Isidores is celebrated: St. Isidore of Chios and St. Isidore of Rostov, the fool for Christ. Two parishes on the island of Mindanao celebrated their patronal feast on this day. At the parish in honor of the Martyr Isidore in the village of Meokan (North Cotabato) five priests of the deanery celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the new church, and two priests served at the parish in honor of St. Isidore of Rostov in the village of Alabel (Sarangani).

Unification of translations

On May 21, a meeting of the Working Group at the Synodal Missionary Department for the translation of liturgical texts into English took place. In the meeting of the Working Group led by the Chairman of the Synodal Missionary Department, Bishop Euthymius, the Secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev) took part.

The decision to create a Working Group on the translation of liturgical texts into English was overdue as a result of the identification of significant discrepancies in the liturgical literature in English. The clergy faced the problem of the lack of normative liturgical texts in English in the process of organizing and conducting the liturgical practice in the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa. In order to unify the liturgical texts in English used in the English-speaking parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church, it was proposed to unite the forces of clergymen, missionary practitioners carrying out missionary service in the Patriarchal Exarchates of Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as academic translation specialists.
Following the meeting, it was decided to prepare for publication an expanded text of the service book in English, including the following of the All-Night Vigil and Liturgy with detailed comments on the actions of the priest and deacon.

Day of Slavic language with kids

A thematic meeting for young parishioners was held at the parish in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Vung Tau, Vietnam. The children, together with Priest Yevgeny Tsukalo, the rector of the temple, talked about the holiday – the Day of Slavic Writing, its history and significance. The meeting began with a discussion on the topic: paper or e-book? “It was very pleasant and interesting to watch the children arguing and argumentatively proving which option is better!” shared Father Eugene. We also watched a movie and then together we took the waste paper collected in advance to the reception point and went to a cafe with the money we earned. Everything is as it happens only in the happiest childhood…

Feast of St Kirill and Methodius

On May 24, 2024, the Holiday of Equal-to-the-Apostles Methodius and Cyril, teachers of the Slavs, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. This day also marks the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture and the Namesday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. His Holiness was co-served by the Hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. Among the archpastors was Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi. Petitions for the unity of Holy Russia and special petitions for the namesake of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill were offered for a special litany. Metropolitan Juvenalius (Poyarkov) read a prayer of thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, our God, for the blessings on His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. The Primate offered up a prayer for the unity of Holy Russia. The Administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Gregory announced the congratulatory address to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on Namesake Day and presented him with an icon of the Savior Not Made with Hands, as well as a bouquet of white roses. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the participants of the divine service with the Primate’s word.

Feast of St. Nicolas

On May 22, the patronal feast was celebrated at the parish of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker in Kayupo, Sarangani. This is one of the greatest ancient saints whose incorruptible relics rest in Italy but he is not well known in the Roman Catholic Church as well as in the Philippines. But in Russia, literally everyone knows him, his image is the third after Lord Jesus and His Mother in each iconostasis.

Day of Slavic Culture

The favorite holiday of Vietnamese youth studying Russian language is the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture on May 24. Russian language is taught in 25 educational institutions in Vietnam: special schools for talented children, universities, academies… Every year the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo holds Olympiads in the Russian language. The winners receive the right to continue their education at Russian universities free of charge. The award ceremony took place on May 20 at an evening dedicated to the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture at the Russian House in Hanoi. The event was attended by the Rector of the parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Hanoi, Hegumen Micah (Selyakov).

Victory Day in the Philippines

The events dedicated to the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, organized by the Russian Embassy in the Philippines, were held at the Consulate of the Russian Federation in Manila and at the construction site of the temple in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear” on Panglao Island. As 79 years ago, these days coincided with the Bright Week, when Heaven and earth celebrate the Great Victory over death, which took place two thousand years ago. The Easter prayers were attended by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation M. I. Pavlov, representatives of the diplomatic corps and compatriots living in the Philippines.