A great test has befallen us. Our irreplaceable employee of the Department of charity and social ministry, Seraphima Anape, died in a car accident. She devoted herself to serve God and her neighbors. Thousands were cared by her. Paradise is for such people and the Lord knows the best time to take them. But we ask for your prayers for her family, her children, for everyone for whom this is an irreparable loss, and for the repose of her soul. Memory eternal ☦️
The Exaltation of the Precious Cross of the Lord is the patronal feast of the oldest Orthodox church in the Philippines in Siniloan (Laguna). It is already celebrated here for the 26th time by the Orthodox community headed by Archimandrite Philemon (Castro), accepted into the Russian Orthodox Church last year from the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This time, Fr. Filimon was co-served by the dean of the Manila Deanery, Hieromonk Alexey (Lapshin).
September 21 is the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. This is the beginning of our salvation and beginning of the circle of the church year. The fruit of many generations of Her holy ancestors, the Most Holy Virgin became a refined diamond combining all the virtues, an example of perfection of a human being.
A patronal feast has been celebrated today in the parish of Nativity of the Mother of God in Arakan. The service was led by priest Fr Moses Cahilig and deacons Nicolas Salgado and Ambrose Sumagaysay
A multi-day seminar on the basics of Orthodoxy was held in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. The head of the missionary department of the diocese, priest Moses Kahilig, together with Elijah Aleria and Maria Kahilig, visited the Dipolog city to teach the faith to the people, who previosly asked to be accepted into Orthodoxy from the non-canonical monophysite church.
Previously, due to pandemic restrictions, their training could only be done remotely.
In the end of the seminar 12 people were baptized in the waters of the West Philippines sea.
The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is the “Passover of the Theotokos”, Her passing over to the Kingdom of Heaven.
On this day, the Queen of Heaven is especially close to us. No wonder the main temples of all three capitals of Ancient Russia (Kiev, Vladimir, Moscow) were dedicated to this holiday.
In today’s Gospel reading, as well as on the other feasts of the Mother of God except Annunciation, we read the story about the Lord’s visiting the house of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus. In the 4 Gospels, the Church could scarcely find an extract about the Virgin Mary, because She was so humble that She did not want to be mentioned. And even in this reading, when She is “blessed because She fed Jesus”, the Lord said that those who obey the words of God are even more blessed. But nobody obeyed God more than the Most Holy Virgin. That’s why She was chosen and became more honourable than the Cherubim.