Sunday in Lake Sebu

On June 9, 2024, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, about the Blind Man, the day of remembrance of the Righteous John Russian, Confessor (1730), Priest Roman Buniel celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Resurrection Parish, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines.

Baptism in Ha Noi

On June 8, the baptism of two young Vietnamese with the giving of Orthodox names of Gabriel and Raphael was performed in the church of St. Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg in Hanoi. As catechumens, they studied Orthodoxy for a whole year, talked with a priest and attended every divine service in the Church of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg. We sincerely congratulate them and wish them a strong Orthodox faith!

Day of Russia in Vietnam

At the invitation of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Vietnam, the dean of the Vietnamese Deanery of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Priest Yevgeny Tsukalo and Abbot Mikhei (Selyakov) took part in a state reception on the occasion of Russia Day, held in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Many of the most important government and commercial structures of Vietnam and Russia participated in the reception. Such events provide an opportunity to expand the circle of acquaintances, communication and missionary activities.

Feast of St Elena

The Memorial Day of Saints Constantine and Helena on June 3 is the patronal feast of the temple in the village of Little Baguio (Arakan, Mindanao Island), which is depicted above on the main page of this site. Little is English for “small”, unlike the “big” city of Baguio, which is located 200 km north of Manila, also high in the mountains and is considered the summer capital of the Philippines. It is not so hot there in summer, so the summer residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines is located there.

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!