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Pattaya Daily News

22 December 2009 :: 21:12:31 pm 1513

Consecration of New Russian Church, Pattaya

On Sunday the second Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand was consecrated by the Archbishop Hilarion. Hilarion is the Russian Orthodox Church’s external relations leader who is visiting Thailand to celebrate 10 years of establishment in the South East Asian nation.
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Pattaya, the 20th of December 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Russia visited the newly constructed Russian Orthodox Church in Pattaya in order to consecrate the building for service. The church has been dedicated to “All Saints” and is the second church of its kind in Thailand.

After the consecration service which Archbishop Hilarion performed together with Archimandrite Oleg, the senior priest of St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok, he stated that “The church that opened today in the town of Pattaya will be a center of Russian Orthodoxy in Thailand and will bring spiritual assistance to hundreds and thousands of people.”

Visiting Thailand to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Church’s 10th anniversary of service within the Kingdom, Hilarion said “The tenth anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand is a remarkable event in the church’s life… Today Thailand has an active, full-fledged Orthodox community.”The funding for the construction of the new church was solely created by pubic donations, mainly from the Russian community that is prevalent in the seaside resort of Pattaya. Approximately 15,000 Russians own or rent property in Pattaya with some 5,000 permanent residents. Second to that it is predicted that around 300,000 – 500,000 Russian speaking tourists visit Thailand annually.

The All Saints church is now the second Russian Orthodox Church of its’ kind in Pattaya, the first being the St. Nicholas Church in Bangkok which was established in 1999. A third church is currently being constructed on the resort island of Phuket.

The population of Thailand is known to be approximately 90% Buddhist, 5% Muslim, whereas the Christian (Catholic) population account for only 1% of the people.  

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Community News

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