Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church for the first time celebrated the divine Liturgy on the Philippine island of Mindanao

    

23-24 June 2018 Manager of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Eastern and South-East Asia, Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk, visited Orthodox communities of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Philippine provinces of Davao and Cotabato, reports patriarhiei.

The number accompanying the Archbishop on a trip to Asia Secretary of the administrative parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Eastern and South-East Asia, senior priest of the assumption Church in Singapore hieromonk Pitirim (Dondena), clergyman of the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Businove Moscow priest Georgi Maksimov, a clergyman of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Ostankino, Moscow, Hierodeacon Yuvenaly (Lapshin), an employee of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Dmitry Petrovsky, a staff of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate N.F. Sokolov and K. N. Maruschak seconded to serve in the Orthodox communities of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Philippines, cleric of the diocese of Petrozavodsk priest Stanislav Rasputin and the clergyman of the Belgorod Metropolitanate monk Kornilii (Molev), rector of the Church of St. John of Shanghai in the village of Santa Maria island of Mindanao priest Silouan Thompson (Philippine ROCOR mission)

June 23, Archbishop Sergius made his first hierarchal Liturgy in the Russian Orthodox tradition on the island of Mindanao (Philippines) at the chapel of the parish of blessed Matrona of Moscow in Davao city. In prayerful memory of the Archbishop gave the parish analogy the image of blessed Matrona of Moscow.

    

June 24 divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Church of the Nativity of the blessed virgin Mary in the village of Arakan province of Cotabato. It is the most populous parish in the Philippines, on the hierarchal Liturgy on this day, the communion of more than 150 people.

After the mass, Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk gave the congregation the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, and as a gift to the parish — a set of Eucharistic vessels and anally image of the Nativity of the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary.

Worship, followed by praying the Orthodox Filipinos and countrymen, were committed in Church, Cebuano and English.

On the same day the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visited the parish of St. Seraphim of Sarov in Makalanga and the coming of the apostles Peter and Paul in Salasana, which were made prayers to the heavenly patrons of these communities.

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