(Orthodox Church in Thailand)
(Orthodox Church in Thailand)
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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY
Patriarch Kirill blesses construction
of new Orthodox Church in Bangkok, Thailand
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed the construction of a new Orthodox church, dedicated to St Nicholas the Wonderworker, in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok.
The foundation stone of the church will be laid on 20 December 2012.
The resolution, sent by His Holiness to Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, says in particular,
“I give my blessing to the construction of the building of the Church St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Bangkok, Thailand, in accordance with the submitted project. By the intercession of Archbishop Nicholas of Mira in Lycia, the Lord will bless you, clerics, laymen and all those who work at the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, for this important and good deed.”
The church is planned to be built and consecrated in 2013, website of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand reports.
JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY
HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY
Orthodox Monastery consecrated in Thailand
JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY
On February 9, 2012, Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, director of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for institutions abroad, who is on a visit to Thailand, consecrated the church dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God at the Monastery of the Dormition in Ratchaburi.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Fr. Seraphim Raicha of St. Nicholas’s in Bangkok was ordained in the newly-consecrated church as hieromonk to continue his service in Thailand. Present at the service were pilgrims from various parishes in the country, officials of the Russian Embassy in Thailand and the head of the local administration.
His Eminence Mark presented Rev. Danai (Daniel) Vann with a patriarchal award, a golden pectoral cross. The right to wear it was granted to the first Thai Orthodox priest for his zealous work for the good of the Church and the Thai translation of Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy’s Bible chairs.
Archbishop Mark also presented Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, with the Order of St. Innocent of Moscow in acknowledgement of his work for many years for the good of the Church and on the occasion of his 50th birthday.
The previous day, Archbishop Mark held at the monastery an assembly of the clergy, members of the parish councils of Orthodox churches in Thailand and Cambodia, representatives of the Orthodox parish in Laos and the committee of the Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand. Archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin made a report stating the progress made and existing problems, the main ones being an acute need for purchasing some land for building a church in Bangkok and a shortage of clergy at the acting parishes.
Members of parish councils reported on the life of their communities, describing the special features of each of them. Rev. Danai (Daniel), chairman of the committee of the Orthodox Church Foundation in Thailand, introduced the assembly to the work of the Foundation.
In conclusion, Archbishop Mark addressed the assembly thanking all the participants and stating that some problems will be settled in the course of his visit, while others will be submitted to the consideration of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
He also received each of the monastery brethren in individual audience for a private talk, after which he identified candidates for taking monastic vows and instructed the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand to submit an appropriate report to Patriarch Kirill.
In the evening, Archbishop Mark officiated at All-Night Vigil at the monastery’s church of the Dormition. During the service he presented Vladimir Buntilov, assistant to the ROC representative in Thailand and lecturer at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, with a patriarchal award, the Medal of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, in recognition of his church work, the website of the Orthodox Church in Thailand has reported.
HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY
A new Orthodox Church consecrated in Thailand
Bangkok, February 8, 2015
The Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs – the sixth Russian Orthodox parish church on the territory of Thailand – was solemnly consecrated on Sunday in the resort town of Hua Hin, reports RIA-Novosti.
The consecration of the church was headed by Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk who had arrived in Thailand with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) participated in the ceremony as well. The Russian ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky was present at the event.
The Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs has been built in the town of Hua Hin, 200 kilometres (124.3 miles) from Bangkok, not far from the Klai Kangwon palace – the Thai summer royal residence. This palace was constructed in 1911-1915 by heir to the throne of the Siamese Kingdom, Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath of Siam (1883-1920) and Siamese minister of war. He spent his childhood and youth in the Russian Empire where he obtained high military education and became a pupil of the Holy Emperor Nicholas II who was a friend of his father – King Chulalongkorn (Rama V of Siam).
This week is to be marked by two more remarkable events in the Orthodox life of Thailand.
Thus, on Tuesday, in Chiang Mai – known as “the rose of North Thailand” – Archbishop Theophylact is to lay the foundation stone of the Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Baptizer of Russia – the 1000th anniversary of his repose the Russian Orthodox Church is celebrating in 2015.
And on Thursday, the Church in honor of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh will be consecrated On the island of Ko Chang.
A representation of the Russian Orthodox Church has been in Thailand since 1999. At the present time, besides the newly-built churches (mentioned above), there are also Russian Orthodox churches in Bangkok, Pattaya, on the islands of Phuket and (Ko) Samui. All of them were constructed owing to the parishioners’ donations.