Pastoral Trips to Vietnam



Pastoral Trips to Vietnam



With the blessing of Archbishop Benjamin of Vladivostok and the Primorsky area, a delegation of the Vladivostor Diocese will be in the Republic of Vietnam with a pastoral visit from 31 October to 14.

It will be headed by Archpriest Sergiy Yakutov, dean of the central diocesan district. Visits are planned to the city of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau and Kamran, reports the Diocesan website.

“On November 4, the day of the commemoration of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, we will have a festal divine service in honor of the parish patronal feast in the town of Vung Tau; this is perhaps the main goal of our regular pastoral visits to Vietnam,” stated Archpriest Sergiy on the eve of his departure.

In addition to divine services, there are plans for familiarization tours and formal meetings, including one with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam A. Kovtun.

Source: Orthodoxy in China
An article about the first pastoral visit and liturgy in Vietnam in March 2009 can be found here.
Also, I think that the picture above is from the first pastoral visit in March.



The first Divine Liturgy in Vietnam



The first Divine Liturgy in Vietnam

From 29 April to 11 May 2002, staff members of the Department for External Church Relations Rev. Vladimir Alexandrov and Mr. V. Radayev visited Vietnam with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations. The purpose of the visit was to offer pastoral care to compatriots and to conduct pre-Paschal and Paschal Services.

Last November, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad made a pastoral visit to Vietnam. After his trip the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church considered it expedient to open a parish in the Vietnamese city of Vungtau. More than one thousand of Russian citizens and their families, most of them working at Vietsovpetro, one of the world largest oil producing plants, reside there. A general meeting of the Vungtau Orthodox residents decided to establish a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in the city.

The day of May 2, 2002 will go down in the history of Orthodoxy in Vietnam. On the Great Thursday, when the Church commemorates the Last Supper of Christ, the first Divine Liturgy was conducted in this distant country. More than forty people received the Eucharist, most of them purified their souls through the Sacrament of Confession for the first time in their life.
In these days many events took place for the first time there. For the first time, the Gospels of the Passions and the Royal Hours were read, and the Sacrament of Holy Unction was administered. Indeed, the Pascha of Christ shone as ” the Feast of Feasts and the Celebration of Celebrations” in those days – it was the first Pascha to be celebrated in Kohinhina (the ancient name of southern Vietnam).

A miracle happened in the small lecture-hall of the Russian Cultural Center as a triumphant message about the Risen Christ, Who has conquered death, sorrow and lie of this world, resounded there. At midnight, a procession with the cross began its march through silent streets of the residential area. The eternal words “The Angels in heaven, O Christ our Savoir, sing Thy Resurrection…” resounded first timidly and uncertainly, then more and more loudly.

“Christ is risen!” – these words touching everyone’s heart sounded in Vietnam for the first time. The joyous Paschal Matins and then the Liturgy began. More than one hundred faithful united by the presence of the Risen Christ prayed with an exceptional inspiration. Today, about two thousands of Russians are living in Vietnam, and most of them regard themselves as faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our compatriots live not only in Vungtau, but also in Hoshimin (the former Saigon) and Hanoi. Rev. Vladimir Alexandrov celebrated the blessing of water for diplomats and Russian residents in the Vietnamese capital, in the concert-hall of the Russian Embassy in Vietnam.

An office for the dead, the first one for many decades, was conducted at the graves of the Russian seamen in Hoshimin. In 1904, the Russian Diana Cruiser arrived at the harbor of Saigon after a battle with Japanese ships in the Yellow Sea. Eight seamen died of tropical diseases during its forced anchorage lasting over a year. Under the auspices of the Russian Consulate General in Hoshimin, a monument was erected over their grave in 1984.


February 2017: Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam



February 2017:

Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits Vietnam


From February 11-13, 2017 Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate in East and South Asia, was on a visit to Vietnam.

On February 11, His Eminence and his party were met at the Hanoi airport by Russian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam K. Vnukov and Russian diplomats.

On the same day, His Eminence met with the deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, Duong Ngoc Tan. They exchanged opinions on organizing the Russian Orthodox Church’s pastoral care for Russian-speaking compatriots in Vietnam, noting the positive experience of the work carried out by the Parish of Our Lady of Kazan in Vung Tau, which has been established by the ROC Holy Synod after the visit made by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (now Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia) to Vietnam in November 2001. They also discussed prospects for cooperation and development of humanitarian interaction in the religious sphere between Russia and Vietnam.

In the evening, Archbishop Sergiy met with Ambassador K.Vnukov. They considered a wide range of issues concerning organization of pastoral care for compatriots in Hanoi and other cities in Vietnam. The archbishop presented the ambassador with the ROC jubilee medal ‘In Memory of the Millennium of the Demise of Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles’ awarded him by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

On February 12, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Archbishop Sergiy celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi. It was attended by numerous faithful from Russia, Greece, various cities in Vietnam and other countries; over 50 people communicated. Among the worshippers were Russian diplomats and members of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Addressing the worshippers, Archbishop Sergiy conveyed them greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, who was the first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to visit the capital city of Vietnam, in 2001. His Eminence spoke at length about the spiritual meaning of the Sunday divine services preceding Lent.

Mr. A. Gankin greeted His Eminence on behalf of the Russian Orthodox community in Hanoi. He thanked Patriarch Kirill for his care for the faithful in Asia including Vietnam. He also thanked Archbishop Sergiy for the celebration, his homily and his work to organize the life of Orthodox communities in South-East Asia.

In response to an earlier request of the compatriots to establish a ROC parish in Hanoi, Archbishop Sergiy, after a discussion with the faithful, gave his blessing upon the forming of a community dedicated to Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg and called everyone to lift up ardent prayers to this woman of God, now the patron saint of the parish in Vietnam.

On February 13, Archbishop Sergiy left Vietnam for Cambodia.

DECR Communication Service