First Greek Catholic Liturgy in Bangkok

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For the first time ever, a Greek Catholic (Byzantine Rite) liturgy will be celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand. Three Greek Catholic priests of the Redemptorist Order are visiting our country and have graciously offered to celebrate the Divine Liturgy (Mass) for us.
 
The Divine Liturgy is one of the services of the Eastern Catholic Churches. These Churches are in full communion with Rome, and their Sacraments may be received by all Catholics.
 
On Sunday (November 20th), the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church at 14.30. It will be celebrated in Ukrainian and English. If possible, some Thai language will also be included.
 
All are invited to attend! Please also bring your friends and family! We hope to see you there!

A Year of Mourning

It is with the greatest of sorrows that we write to you today. Our kingdom has lost its father, and we weep deeply for him and for our country.

He was not only a king but truly the head of our families. He loved us all most sincerely and devoted his life to serving us and our nation.

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On the passing of a loved one, it is our custom to recite the psalms until the burial service. We will be reciting the psalter daily until our father is put to rest.

We call on all people of good will to join us in doing so. Whether it is one psalm per day or the entire psalter, please join us in these prayers for King Rama IX, our beloved father.

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Feast of the Transfiguration 2016

Today, Greek Catholics traditionally celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. On this feast, many believers will take the first grapes of the season to be blessed by the priests.

We wish our fellow Greek Catholics, our Orthodox brothers, and all Christians of good will a blessed Feast of the Transfiguration!

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Thou wast Transfigured on the Mount, O Christ God,
Revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Thy everlasting Light shine upon us sinners!
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to Thee!

-Troparion of the Transfiguration (Tone 7)

March 2016 Service

Friends, our Greek Catholic Society will meet once again in Bangkok!

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Where: Assumption University (Hua Mak) – Main Chapel

When: Saturday, March 12th at 17.00-18.15

What: Syro-Malabar Qurbana (Mass) & Greek Catholic Rite of Forgiveness

This coming Saturday, all are invited to attended Father Joseph Purayidathil’s Qurbana (Mass) in the East Syrian Rite.

Following the Holy Qurbana, we will briefly have the Rite of Forgiveness. This practice is how Greek Catholics begin Great Lent. We ask one another for forgiveness of any wrongs or any sins, and then we begin Lent in the peace of the Lord.

Please invite your friends and family, and we hope to see you this Saturday!

Note: The Holy Qurbana will be celebrated in the Malayalam language, and the Rite of Forgiveness will be done in English with some Thai.

Prayer in Photos

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Thank you to all for coming to our first ever Greek Catholic service in Thailand! Seven of us (from Thailand, the Philippines, and the US) joined together in prayer, thanking Christ for the many gifts bestowed upon us.

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With the help of a new member, we began the afternoon with a brief explanation of the icons at the front of the church. As well, we had a brief talk about the service: the Akathist of Thanksgiving.

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Thereafter, we prayed the akathist service together. Everyone joined in and sang many words of thanks to Christ. We sang and prayed in English, Thai, and Tagalog.

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When the service ended, the members came forward to kiss and venerate the icons (holy pictures) of Christ and of the Most Holy Theotokos (Mary).

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We concluded the day with a meeting and snacks. Thank you again to all who came, participated, and prayed with us. (And a special thanks to those taking the photos!)

Our next service and meeting will be at the beginning of March. Please visit our blog again for updates.

Our First Service

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum (I announce to you a great joy):

We will have our first service this week!

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Where: MEP Chapel on Silom (254 Silom Road, Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand 10500)

When: Sunday February 7th at 13.30-15.30

What: Akathist Service & Fellowship

Our first service will be recited in English (with some Thai and Tagalog) by lay members of the Greek Catholic Society of Thailand. Visitors are also welcome to join in and recite some of the prayers.

All are invited to attend the service. We will meet afterwards in the MEP center for light refreshments and conversation.

Please bring your friends and family, a snack or beverage to share, and any questions you have about (Eastern) Catholics!