Eastern Orthodoxy in Vietnam – Find a Parish




Eastern Orthodoxy in Vietnam

Eastern Orthodoxy in Vietnam is represented by 3 parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church: one in Vung Tau, named after the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, where there are many Russian-speaking employees of the Russian-Vietnamese joint venture “Vietsovpetro”, and also parish of Xenia of Saint Petersburg in Hanoi and parish of Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary in Hochiminh city.

The earliest parish in Vung Tau was opened in 2002 with the blessing of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which had been given in Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra.

The Chairman of Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill (since 2009 Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus) was the first Russian Orthodox hierarch to visit Vietnam in November 2001. Headed by Kirill the delegation had meetings with the Russian speaking community and Vietnamese officials, and held church services in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau (about 600 people were present).

Since that time representatives of Russian Orthodox Church from time to time come to Vung Tau to conduct the Eastern Orthodox divine service.

In 2007, the mission of the Russian Orthodox Church organized Easter divine services in Vung Tau, General Consulate of Russia in Ho Chi Minh City and the Russian Center of science and culture in Hanoi.

In April, 2010, the delegation of the foreign relations department of the Russian Orthodox Church organized and conducted regular Easter services in Our Lady of Kazan icon parish in Vungtau.

Patriarchal Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in South-East Asia was established on December 28, 2018, by its Holy Synod. Included in jurisdiction of that Exarchate new Philippinian-Vietnamese eparchy contains 3 parishes in Vietnam:

-Parish of Our Lady of Kazan in Vung Tau (established in 2002),

-Parish of Xenia of Saint Petersburg in Hanoi (established in 2019),

-Parish of Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary in Hochiminh city (established in 2019).


More informations:

Contact with an Orthodox Priest in Vietnam:
Email: evrua@mail.ru
Tel.: +84 93 602 9113


In Ho Chi Minh City, Eastern Orthodox Christian liturgies are held on the territory of the Consulate General of Russia.

In Vung Tau in the Russian settlement.

In Hanoi in the Taiho area, in a Roman-Catholic chapel.


-Parish of Our Lady of Kazan in Vung Tau (established in 2002),
-Parish of St Xenia of Saint Petersburg in Hanoi (established in 2019),
-Parish of Protection of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary in Hochiminh city (established in 2019).



Russian Orthodox Church in Vung Tau, Vietnam
Email: evrua@mail.ru
Tel.: +84 93 602 9113



Russian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Russian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
40, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street
Ho Chi Minh City

TELEPHONE: (+84) (28) 39-30-39-36

EMAIL: cgrushcm@yandex.ru







Orthodox church in Vung Tau, Vietnam


Eastern Orthodox Church in Vietnam


Chính thống giáo Đông phương – Vietnamese Orthodox Web 1-2






If you know more informations about the Orthodox churches in Vietnam, please contact with me in my email: gkiouz.abel@gmail.com

Abel-Tasos Gkiouzelis

Vietnam, 2017: The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma, who then converts to Orthodoxy








The newly-baptized Anna is seated in the picture


Vietnam, 2017:

The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma,

who then converts to Orthodoxy



The Mother of God Appears to Vietnamese Woman in Coma, who then Converts to Orthodoxy


Fr. George Maximov, a Moscow priest who often serves on missionary trips throughout Asia, has posted on his Facebook page the words of a Vietnamese woman who converted to Orthodoxy after the Mother of God appeared to her.

The woman, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, a former Buddhist living and working in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, was baptized into Holy Orthodoxy on Holy Saturday this year [2017].

She writes of “something incredible” happening in her life about a year ago: “I was lying in a coma in the hospital. During this time I saw a radiance, a bright light, and directly in front of me appeared the Virgin Mary Theotokos. She handed me a bottle of water and gave me to drink. As soon as I drank the water, the light and the Theotokos disappeared.”

“In the morning the next day,” she continues, “I suddenly came out of the coma after being unconscious for so long.” Nguyen survived, and she began to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother for a speedy recovery, and decided she would become a Christian when she returned home.

“A few days later, another vision appeared to me in a dream, that there would be a man who would lead me to the Church, and that I would eat Bread there and drink Holy Water together with everyone, and walk around the church,” she continues.

After she was released and returned home, a friend came to her, bearing an icon of the Mother of God with the Savior. “I was incredibly happy, because it was the same image I had seen in my dream. I was very happy, and I told my friend about what I had seen in the dream, and he took me to an Orthodox Church where Russians pray in the 5th district of the city of Vũng Tàu, to meet the Lord and the Theotokos there,” Nguyen recalls.

The woman was later baptized in the same church and “born again under the protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos and by the grace of the Lord.”

“I am infinitely happy!” she exclaims, continuing, “Thanks to Thee, O Lord and to thee, O Theotokos, for my ‘second birth’ and the gift of the Fountain of Life!”

Fr. George notes that she broke her leg just before her Baptism, but this did not deter her. She was baptized with the name of Anna, and now reads prayers in the Vietnamese language during the services.

Easter Celebrations in Vietnam

Easter Celebrations in Vietnam

In seaside Vung Tau, Vietnam, the Easter service was led by Rev. Sergiy Zvonarev, DECR acting secretary for far-abroad countries, who came to the city for the purpose at the request from the local Orthodox community, the Russian Orthodox Parish of Our Lady of Kazan.

The Easter service, just as the Holy Week services before it, was celebrated at the cultural center for Russian specialists of the Vietsovpetro joint venture, arranged temporarily as a church.

On Great Saturday, Easter cakes baked by a local bakery were blessed.

According to the established tradition, numerous believers walked in a procession with the cross through the district.

The night service was attended by Vietsovpetro workers and their families, Russians living in Vung Tau and other parts of the country as well as guests who came from Lebanon and Cambodia.

After the Easter liturgy, a festive repast took place. The priest brought Easter greetings and noted the importance of bearing Orthodox witness in distant parts of the world.





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




Results of the pastoral visit to Vietnam on 2009





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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