VIETNAM OF MY HEART
Results of the pastoral visit to Vietnam on 2009
From March 5 to 12, 2009, eparchy clergymen with the blessing of Archbishop Veniamin of Vladivostok and Primorsky Territory visited the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The Eparchy was represented by Hegumen Feofan (Ziborov) – the priest of the Saint Nicholas Cathedral in the city of Vladivostok, the priest Sergey Yakutov — the rural dean of the central district of the eparchy, and Michael Sheikhov — the chorister of the Saint Nicholas Cathedral’s Episcopal choir.
During the trip they visited Hànội, Hồ Chí Minh City, and Vũngtàu.
The Orthodox Divine Liturgy was served in Hànội for the first time in the history of the city. It took place in the territory of the Russian Center for Science and Culture.
In Vũngtàu on the eve of the feast of “The Triumph of Orthodoxy”, the All-Night Vigil was celebrated. The next day, the feast itself, in the same city a festive Divine Liturgy was served. On Monday and Tuesday the Great Repentance Canon of St. Andrew of Crete was read.
On Wednesday March 11, they served the pannikhida at the grave of Russian seamen from the cruiser “Diana”. On the same day in the territory of the Russian Federation Consulate-General in Hồ Chí Minh City, prayer with blessing of holy-water was conducted..
The next pastoral visit of Vladivostok eparchy clergymen to the Republic of Vietnam is planned for the days of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ.
English translation by Liubov Afonina