Orthodoxy in Thailand
is presented by the Representative Office of Russian Orthodox Church
(since 1999), including the Orthodox parish of Saint Nicolas
(Sukhotai road, Dusit), Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
, and Coptic Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
The mission is headed by Father (Hegumen
) Oleg Cherepanin (by 2008 information) and serves not only Russian
touirists or citizens in Thailand, but some local believers of Thai origin.
Besides Bangkok, there are small Russian Orthodox communes in Phuket and Chonburi province. The mission of Russian Orthodox Church since its establishment translated into Thai language the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the Orthodox Book of prayer and the book about the history of Russian Orthodox Church. In July, 2008, the representative office of Russian Orthodox Church was officially registered by Thailand authorities as foundation "Orthodox Christian Church in Thailand.
In November 2007, Father Oleg Cherepanin took part in ecumenical Pilgrimage of trust in Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral, when Christians from different backgrounds gathered to pray together. Among the present were religious leaders of Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand, Church of Christ in Thailand, Russian Orthodox Church and also the young people from Laos, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia who came specially for the prayer.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
and the Holy and Great Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
of the Eastern Orthodox Church
also have plans to officially establish their parishes in Thailand. The Eastern Orthodox communes in Thailand belong to jurisdiction of Metropolitan of Hong Kong & Southeast Asia Nikitas. Time after time, representatives of Ecumenical Patriarchate
organize Church services and Divine Liturgy
for their faithfull in Thailand with help of the Embassy of Greece in Bangkok.