On May 29, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, the wedding of our parishioners Sergius and Mary was performed at the parish in honor of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God in Manila after the Divine Liturgy. From the bride’s side, invited relatives and friends attended the sacraments; for them visiting an Orthodox church was an important event in their lives. We wish the new family to become a true home church.
On May 28 the “Round-the-world” icon of the Intercession of the Mother of God, particles of the Holy Cross and relics of the saints arrived in the Northern Deanery of Mindanao. They were offered to the parishioners of the churches of St. Isidore in Meokan, of St. Equal-to-the-Apostles Elena in Little Baguio, of St. Anna in Malibatuan, of Archangel Michael in Mahongok and of the Nativity of the Virgin in Arakan.
5 people were baptized in the parishes in Davao and Arakan
On May 26, the Round-the-world Icon of the Intercession of the Mother of God, the Holy Cross and icons of Saints with relics visited the parishes of the Central Deanery of the Mindanao Island of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, where they were greeted with joy by parishioners of: the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Kinabalan, the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God in Banate, the Church of the Epiphany in Talas, the Church of St. St. John of Shanghai in Santa Maria and the Church of St. Matrona of Moscow in Davao.
On May 24, after a joint prayer service at the Iveron Parish in Manila with the rector of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Melbourne, Archpriest Mikhail Protopopov (ROCOR), who delivered to the Philippines a “Round-the-World” icon of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, this icon, accompanied by other shrines, went to Mindanao Island. At the parish of the Resurrection of Christ in General Santos, during the evening service, the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called started to stream myrrh. This is a clear sign of the presence of God’s grace in our Church and His favor for the apostolic work of our missionaries, which began in this house church 8 years ago.
On May 25, after the Divine Liturgy in General Santos and the prayer service, the shrines were brought to the parish of St. Isidore of Rostov in the village of Alabel, where a prayer service was also held to the Most Holy Theotokos, the Holy Cross and 20 saints whose relics were offered to the faithful for worship.