Filipino deacons Nicolas Salgado and Ambrose Sumagaysay arrived in Moscow. After the cultural program, the fathers will go to Khanty-Mansiysk to see His Eminence Pavel, the ruling bishop of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese, for ordination to the priesthood. We thank the Orthodox Missionary School at the Synodal Missionary Department for a warm meeting in the literal sense of the word. Since it is not possible to survive in winter in Russia without the winter clothes they brought.
On the feast of St Joasaph of Belgorod, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated for the first time after a long break caused by the pandemic in the village of Kapehan (Santa Maria). St. Joasaph is the patron saint of missionaries whose completely incorruptible relics rest in Belgorod, where the Missionary Seminary of the Russian Orthodox Church is located
At the training center of St Matrona of Moscow in Davao, the translation and editing of the service book in the Cebuano language is fulfilled with the help of Filipino seminarians from SPBDA. Now local clerics can use their native language more fully at services. Cebuano is the second most widely used language in the Philippines, spoken by almost 30 million people or 30% of the population living on the southern islands of the archipelago, including Mindanao, Bohol and Cebu. In total, there are about a hundred languages in the Philippines (respectively, the same number of tribes-peoples – as in Russia), mainly of the Austronesian group. The official language – Tagalog – is native to more than 40 million people, it is widespread in the northern part of the country, on the island of Luzon, where the capital of the republic is located.
Today, the Divine Liturgy was held at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Hanoi – the first one after six months of restrictions related to coronavirus infection.
The day before, Priest Yevgeny Tsukalo met with the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Vietnam Gennady Stepanovich Bezdetko, who arrived in Hanoi in the spring. Father Yevgeny told about the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Vietnam, which he has been tending for 3 years.
In Kiamba (Kayupo, Sarangani) in the parish of St. Nicholas, the patronal feast was celebrated today. The Divine Liturgy was served by Priest Roman Buniel and Deacon Matthew Sale.