October 25, the first temple of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) opened its doors to worshipers in Cambodia, TASS.
Five-domed Church of the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was built in the seaside town of Sihanoukville Province. "In fact, this is the first Russian Orthodox temple build in Cambodia. Before that, the only embodiment of Orthodoxy in this country was a small chapel at the Bulgarian Embassy in Phnom Penh, which exists there since the time of the Khmer Rouge," said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg.
The church in Sihanoukville waqs consecrated by Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate in foreign institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church. He also conveyed the church prayer book in Khmer to the locals as a gift. "The work of translation took more than a year. Of course, prayer book in plain language for local residents will be in demand," said Archimandrite Oleg. In early October, in the chapel in Phnom Penh 13 Khmers were baptized.
During his visit to Southeast Asia, Archbishop Mark also to visit Laos and attend the consecration of the church in honor of St. Vladimir in Thailand's Chiang Mai.