There are many interesting people among us with a good set of useful knowledge. I’m sure that children would be interested in talking to them and learning something about the country where they have lived most of their lives (Vietnam); how to give first aid to themselves and each other; how to drive ships; how to make interesting videos; about music, mathematics, physics, chemistry, Russian, English and Vietnamese, plants, nutrition, maybe even honey!
Yesterday, November 13, a meeting was held in the refectory of our church for children and everyone. It was conducted by our parishioner – Maxim Chekmarev, translator of the office of JV Vietsovpetro.
Everyone listened with interest, asked questions, ate fruit and drank tea!
On November, 12, in the midst of the strongest for 11 years rainfall, in the Christ the Saviour parish in Tagaytay the blessing of the chapel bell was performed. The bell had been brought earlier from Russia.
The ceremony was held by the Secretary of the Philippino- Vietnamese diocese hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) who is paying a visit to the parish, and the rector of the parish priest David Grubbs.
Let every breath praise the Lord!
November 4 is the feast of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God. In Vietnam, Vung Tau is a patronal holiday.
On the eve of the holiday, a all-night vigil was served, and a Liturgy in the morning. In the evening – the akathist to the most Holy Theotokos. After the evening service, the parish celebrated its patronal holiday with a tea party.
Today, the Iveron parish in Manila celebrated the Patronal feast, moved from October 26. The history of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God is connected with the history of iconoclasm, condemned by the 7th Ecumenical Council, whose memory is also celebrated today.
With the Philippines now second in Southeast Asia in terms of coronavirus infections, the quarantine in Manila is still quite strict: temple occupancy is allowed at 30%, and children are still prohibited to attend services.
After the Divine Liturgy, the parishioners prayed for the safe journey of our regent Roman to the Jordanville monastery (ROCOR, USA). We pray that the Lord will grant him the kind of spiritual experience that can only be obtained in the most famous Orthodox monastery in America.
On October 19, the Orthodox community in barangay Kinabalan celebrated the patronal feast of St. Thomas.
The Administration of the barangay allowed the holiday to be held with all precautions due to the quarantine.
The festive service was led by hieromonk Korniliy (Molev) in concelebration with the priests Joachim Gonzales and Roman Buniel.
After the Liturgy, there was a procession to the place where the new Church is to be built. In February 2020, during his visit, the Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi performed the rite of consecration of the Foundation stone of the Kinabalan temple, but due to pandemic, work on the construction of the temple was suspended.
The community in Kinabalan converted to Orthodoxy in 2013, but did not have a permanent priest for a long time. In 2018, the community came under the omophorion of the Russian Orthodox Church, and in 2019, a priest was ordained to serve the community – fr Joachim Gonzales, who was born near the Barangay. The decision to build a new temple was taken, as the current building is in poor condition.