Holy Theophany feast

On the feast of Theophany the OCT College community headed by the Director of Spiritual Formation hieromonk Paisiy Ipate celebrates the Divine Liturgy and the Great Sanctification of Water in St. Innocent chapel. At the end all school premises were sprinkled with holy water. After that fr. Paisiy and the students went to Phuket Nay-Yang beach, where the waters of Andaman Sea were blessed. At the conclusion a beach picnic was served.







Nativity Greetings of Rt.Rev. Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin)


Dear brothers concelebrants – members of the clergy, church workers, benefactors and faithful of the parishes of Patriarchal Deanery in the Kingdom of Thailand – Peace Be With You!

I cordially congratulate you, your family and friends on the occasion of the feast of Nativity of Christ! May the silent Nativity joy be with you in the year to come, and the blessed peace, sung by angels on holy night, not be shaken in your souls, whatever await you ahead!

I sincerely thank you for your hard work and sacrifices for the benefit of the Holy Orthodox Church in Thailand and for joint prayers.

Wish you good health and abundant mercies of God!

In Christ,
Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin),
Dean of the Patriarchal Parishes in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in the Kingdom of Thailand

New orthodox books in Thai language


With the blessing of archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand and dean of the Patriarchal Parishes in the Kingdom, two new books have been published in Thai language.

“The Book of the Divine Offices” (Bogosluzhebniy Sbornik) includes the divine services most often performed in our parishes: Great Vespers, Matins, Hours and Divine Liturgy. The second book is “Orthodox Church: History and Teaching” by Bishop Alexander (Mileant).

The editing was carried out by a working group led by Ksenia Bychkova. The books will be available soon in all orthodox parishes in Thailand.

The financial support for the publication was provided by the Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation.


HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has visited St. Nicholas orthodox cathedral in Bangkok

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November 29, 2017 Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok. The meeting ceremony was led by archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Thailand, dean of the Patriarchal parishes in the Kingdom, and rector of St. Nicholas Cathedral. “We are happy to welcome Your Royal Highness to the Orthodox Church in Bangkok, where we offer daily prayers for Your Highness and for the entire Royal House of Thailand … By the russian tradition, please accept this bread & salt as a symbol of our deepest respect … Enter this church, Your Royal Highness, not as a guest, but as the mother and patroness of Orthodox believers in Thailand…”  fr. Oleg said welcoming Her Royal Highness at the gate of the cathedral.

At the meeting of Her Royal Highness participated also: archpriest Daniel Danai Wanna, Chairman of Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand Foundation, rector of All-Saints church in Pattaya; protopresbyter Joseph Fester, temporary cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Bangkok; hieromonk Seraphim Vasiliev, acting rector of St. Seraphim church on Pha-ngan Island; hieromonk Paisiy Ipate, director of Spiritual Formation at OCT College in Phuket; priest Ivan Morozov, acting rector of Holy Protection of Theotokos church in Pattaya; hieromonk Alexander Vaschenko, rector of the Holy Royal Martyrs church in Huahin; priest Alexei Golovin, rector of Holy Ascension church on Samui Island; priest Roman Bychkov, rector of the Holy Trinity church in Phuket; priest Sergiy Shapkin, acting rector of St. Sergius church on Chang Island; priest Andrey Ivashchenko, rector of St. Vladimir church in Chiang Mai; hieromonk Micah Tongkham Phiaxayavong, cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral; deacon Constantine Ivashchenko, cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral; students of the OCT College in Phuket.

Her Royal Highness was accompanied by Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Thailand, and the cadets of the Royal Military Academy.

Before the beginning of the service, the choir of St. Nicholas Cathedral under the baton of Vadim Marshalkovsky performed the Royal Anthem of Thailand, after which archpriest Daniel Danai Wanna briefly introduced Her Royal Highness and all those present with the history and today situation of Orthodoxy in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Her Royal Highness personally light the candles in front of the icons, after which the Vespers was performed. Upon completion of the service, Her Royal Highness presented archimandrite Oleg Cherepanin with a memorable souvenir. On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church and His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, fr. Oleg presented Her Royal Highness an icon of the Holy Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and his family and a pair of jewelry candlesticks made in Russia.

After general photo session Her Royal Highness left the cathedral. At parting Her Royal Highness noted the beautiful singing of the cathedral choir, the artistic execution of the church murals and the beauty of the church ringing.

Blood donation action

23439191_317371932072264_383463352_nThe OCT College students went to Phuket Regional Blood Centre of TRCS for a blood donation action. The event was moderated by heromonk Paisiy Ipate, the Director of Spiritual Formation at OCT College.  He explained to the students the importance of blood donation as an act of human and Christian solidarity towards people who urgently need blood for treating various diseases.

Thai Red Cross was officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross on May 27, 1920, and was accepted as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the former League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) on April 8, 1921. The president of Thai Red Cross Society is Her Majesty Queen-Mother Sirikit, while Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Siridhorn is its executive vice-president.

Charity and cultural event

On October 22, 2017, after Divine Liturgy, the OCT College’ students and staff have organized a charity and cultural event for the beneficiaries of the “Ban Phuket Elders Public Aid” nursing home in Pa Klok sub-district of Phuket province.

The welcoming speech was delivered by the 2nd course student Mr. Carol Ratchanont Teoykoksoong.

In the blessed memory of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the talented pianist and OCT College’s Music teacher Mr. Ivan Sharapov, accompanied by his apprentice Luciano Bendi, performed a piano concert.

At the end, our students made a little donation and have a short conversation with the “Ban Phuket Elders Public Aid” beneficiaries and staff.








The feast of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos


October 14 (October 1 in the ecclesiastical calendar) is marked in the Orthodox Church as the day of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples. The first celebration of this feast in the Russian Orthodox Church dates back from the 12th century and today is celebrated throughout the Orthodox Church.

The same day is commemorated St. Roman the Melodist, one of the greatest of Syrio-Greek hymnographers. He flourished during the sixth century, which is considered to be the “Golden Age” of Byzantine hymnography.

St. Roman is the patron saint of fr. Roman Bychkov, the rector of Holy Trinity Church in Phuket and iconography teacher at OCT College. On this occasion, the students of OCT College greet fr. Roman and wish him many blessed years. They honor him with a cake and a bouquet of flowers.