On October 18, 2022, in the parish of St. Apostle Thomas in Kinabalan, 6 servants of God – Alpheus, Maria, Sarah, Julian, Theodora and Juliana – received the holy baptism. May Lord Jesus Christ grant them a prosperous and peaceful life, health and preserve them for many years.
Today the Orthodox believers of Kinabalan prayerfully celebrated the memorial day of St. Thomas the Apostle during the divine service. The clergy of the Philippine-Vietnamese diocese came to celebrate the Liturgy with the procession: Hieromonk Cornelius (Molev), Priest Roman Buniel and Priest Joachim Gonzalez, who spiritually nourishes the parish of the Apostle Thomas.
After long time we finally arrived at our beloved Saint Seraphim FMI Quezon Province Tayabas Outreach….. From the pictures you can see the excitement we were greeted with…. it seemed the whole village came out to join the service we had, the prayers, scripture readings, music and singing, nutritious food and some special gifts… Everyone got prayed for and anointed with oil for healing (especially important in a location like this where there is no running water, proper toilets and lack of sanitation). This is the location where approximately 50 people committed their lives to the Lord and we are now planning a baptism service as soon as possible. Thank you Jesus, your mercy endures forever! ❤
October 12 is the day of the uncovering of the relics of St. John of Shanghai. This is the patronal feast of the parish in the village of Santa Maria (Mindanao). In honor of the holiday, a Divine Liturgy and a moleben with a procession were served at the parish. The service was performed by Priest Joachim Gonzales and Deacon John Mahinay.
O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries. And by virtue of Your Cross, preserve Your habitation 🙏
On September 27, a festive divine service was held in Siniloan at the parish in honor of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord with the ceremony of the exaltation of the Holy Cross and a procession. The Divine service was led by the rector of the parish, Archimandrite Philemon Castro and the dean of the Manila Deanery, Hieromonk Alexey Lapshin. On the occasion of the patronal feast, a particle of the Life-Giving Cross was delivered from Manila.