Exarchate of the Philippines

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The Exarchate of the Philippines is a jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople governed by the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (OMHKSEA).[1][2] As of 1 September 2009, there are some 560 members of this jurisdiction in the country, around 40 of those being expatriates. [3][not in citation given] There are three parishes and three chapels in the Philippines.

History[edit]

Around the beginning of the seventeenth century, Greek sailors settled in Manila and Legazpi.[4]

The Annunciation of the Theotokos Orthodox Church was consecrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on March 5, 2000, during his visit to the Philippines.[4][5] Despite not being the bishop's seat -- the cathedra-- it is sometimes called a "cathedral" because it is the only church in the metropolis blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch.[6]

Two other churches, in Cataingan and Los Baños, have since been established, along with a few other chapels.

There are three major centres of Orthodoxy in the Philippines: Sucat, Parañaque in Metro Manila; around Los Baños; and in Bajada, Cataingan, Masbate. There are currently five priests and two monastic nuns in the Philippines.[6]

Language[edit]

The Divine Liturgy and other Orthodox worship services are said in English or the local language.[7]

Parishes and chapels[edit]

Parishes[edit]

Chapels[edit]

One more church, the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Siniloan, Laguna, is functioning alternatively, in connection with the Holy Trinity parish of Los Baňos.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profiles of Parishes and Organizations throughout the Metropolis". Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Nikitas of Hong Kong". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b Article provided by Philemon Castro. "The Orthodox Church in the Philippines". Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ a b c Miltiadis Adamopoulos (Milton Adamson). "Greeks in the Philippines and their contributions to the country". Hellenic Resources Network. Archived from the original on 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  (archived from the original on 2008-02-03)
  5. ^ "Philippines: Orthodox Patriarch visits fledgling local Orthodox Church". Union of Catholic Asian News. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  6. ^ a b "THE WEBSITE OF ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL MANILA". ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL MANILA. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Philemon Castro. "Philippines In Review 1998". Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 

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