Let’s meet the Lord

On the feast of the Meeting (Presentation) of the Lord, the Divine Liturgy in Tagaytay was conducted by the dean of the Manila Deanery, Hieromonk Alexey Lapshin and the rector of the parish of Christ the Savior, Priest David Grubbs.

On this day, Priest Joachim Gonzalez, Priest Silouan Thompson (ROCOR) and Deacon John Mahinai celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the village of Santa Maria. Priest Silouan, who until recently was the rector of the parish of St. John of Shanghai in Santa Maria, currently is serving in the United States, but briefly returned to the Philippines to complete his business here.

Liturgy in a mountain village

On February 13, on Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, the secretary of the diocese, Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), held the Divine Liturgy in a mountain village near Kinabalan. It is difficult for the villagers to get to Kinabalan, where the church of St. Apostle Thomas is, therefore, they cannot regularly participate in the Holy Sacraments. For them, today’s divine service has become an opportunity to partake of the Holy Mysteries of Christ for the first time in a long time.

First Liturgy

On February 13, on Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, the newly ordained priests Nicholas Salgado and Ambrose Sumagaysay, together with Priest Moses Cahilig, celebrated their first Liturgy in the Philippines in the village of Arakan. The clergy returned from Russia at the end of January and were quarantined upon arrival.

Patron feast in Lambayong

February 11 is the memorial day of St. Ignatius the God-Bearer (transfer of relics). In the parish of Lambayong village (Sultan Kudarat Province, Mindanao Island), the patronal feast was celebrated on this day. The Divine Liturgy, which unexpectedly gathered a lot of people, was conducted by the Secretary of the Diocese, Hieromonk Korniliy (Molev), Priest Roman Buniel and Deacon Matthew Sale. After the liturgy and the procession, the celebrations ended with a festive meal.

From the Academy:

From the St. Petersburg Theological Academy:

This semester, students of the Faculty of Foreign Students perform a joint divine service on Saturday mornings, at which they read and sing independently. On January 22, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated with the participation of foreign students. And starting from January 29, foreigners independently perform divine services in a lay rank in the Church Slavonic language. So the Third and Sixth hours were read in the Assumption Academic Church. Then, under the guidance of the 1st year undergraduate student of the Faculty of Ecclesiastical Arts Georgy Shevyakov, the students sang the Typica and read the extracts of the day from the Apostle and the Gospel. Such services contribute to better understanding of the structure of the services of the daily circle and in the future will be useful for organizing services in parishes where there is not always a priest.