On February 18, in Davao City, Philippines, the first divine liturgy at the new parish of Saint Matrona of Moscow was served on the Sunday of Forgiveness, with the blessing of Archbishop Sergey of Solnechnogorsk, Administrator of the Russian Orthodox Church in South-East Asia. At the end of the divine liturgy, the rite of forgiveness was served.
Priest Stanislav Rasputin with Matushka Anastasia live and carry out their obedience at the parish and mission center. Also living and working there are Reader Dmitry Lavrentyev and four Filipino students – Dmitry, Kirill, Andrew and Ambrose.
The grounds and facilities of the mission center are still under construction. Still to be done is decoration of the chapel, setup of classrooms and residential space, and much more.
Father Stanislav writes: “As a blessing from God on the beginning of the parish, without any announcements on social media and without any outward sign of the changes happening inside the newly-rented building and without any invitation, several Filipinos and Russians came to the first services. Wonderful are the works of the Lord!”
As the ancient Christians always sanctified their homes with prayers, so we today in prayers called for the help of the Holy Spirit in the consecration of our parish and all the premises where, by the will of the Almighty Lord, we are to pray, work, learn new, live and share with others the joy of life in Christ.
May the Lord give peace to this house and to those who live in it, for the salvation and enlightenment of all who enter.”
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