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May 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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From Ghana: Christ is Risen!

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April 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Posted in Africa, Ghana, Pascha, Video

Pascha in Kolwezi, Congo

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A little something as we come to the end of Paschal-tide.

This Paschal celebration took place at the Cathedral of Saint George.

Kolwezi is in the Holy Diocese of Katanga under the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. It is served by monks from the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou on Mount Athos.

This is a very active Orthodox diocese, with 105 parishes, 40 priests and over 2000 youth attending its ecclesiastical schools, and its own ecclesiastical radio station among other things. It baptizes an average of 1200-1500 people a year.

Source: Mystagogy

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May 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Africa, Congo, Pascha

Thomas Sunday Celebrated by Chinese Priest in Harbin

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On 11 April 2010, St. Thomas Sunday, the Revd. Michael Wang Quansheng, a clergyman of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church, who lives in retirement in Shanghai, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Protecting Veil in Harbin for the Orthodox community with the permission of the state authorities.

Fr. Michael Wang was ordained priest by Bishop Simeon (Du) of Shanghai in 1958. Fr. Michael, 86, was assisted by a reader, Papias Fu Xiliang, a pupil of the head of the 20th Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China, Archbishop Viktor (Svyatin) of Beijing. Fu Xiliang studied at the Moscow Theological seminary several years ago.

Some fifty Orthodox citizens of China prayed at the Divine service as well as the Russians who reside or stay in Harbin. Many of them received Holy Communion. The procession of the cross around the church was held after the service that was celebrated in the Church Slavonic language; certain prayers were read in Chinese. Fr. Michael read out Paschal greetings in Chinese. The name of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was proclaimed during the service. He will take direct canonical care for the flock until a Primate of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church is elected.

The Divine Liturgy is the first service celebrated by a Chinese cleric in Harbin after the demise of the last rector of the Church of the Protecting Veil, the Revd. Gregory Shipu in 2000.

On 4 April 2010, the Feast of the Resurrection, Paschal Matins and Liturgy were celebrated at the Church of the Protecting Veil in Harbin. More than 100 compatriots prayed, many of them confessing and partaking of the Holy Mysteries of Christ. With the permission of the Department for religious affairs of the province and at the request of the Orthodox Russian citizens living in Harbin, Paschal divine service was celebrated at the Church of the Protecting Veil by a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov) who arrived in China with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the DECR Chairman.

For ten years, the Orthodox believes living in Harbin, including Russian compatriots united in the “Russian Club of Harbin,” have tried to obtain permission for divine services. This matter was discussed by the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations and the State Administration for Religious Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, and also at the talk of Archbishop (now Metropolitan) Hilarion of Volokolamsk with the leaders of the administrations for religious affairs of the province and the city of Harbin on 19 November 2009 during the visit of the delegation of the Presidential Council for Interaction with Religious Associations and the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations to the People’s Republic of China.

Source: DECR
Hat Tip, with more pictures and links: Orthodoxy in China

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April 14, 2010 at 12:15 am

Posted in China, Pascha

Paschal Celebrations in Vietnam

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In seaside Vung Tau, Vietnam, the Easter service was led by Rev. Sergiy Zvonarev, DECR acting secretary for far-abroad countries, who came to the city for the purpose at the request from the local Orthodox community, the Russian Orthodox Parish of Our Lady of Kazan.

The Easter service, just as the Holy Week services before it, was celebrated at the cultural center for Russian specialists of the Vietsovpetro joint venture, arranged temporarily as a church.

On Great Saturday, Easter cakes baked by a local bakery were blessed.

According to the established tradition, numerous believers walked in a procession with the cross through the district.
The night service was attended by Vietsovpetro workers and their families, Russians living in Vung Tau and other parts of the country as well as guests who came from Lebanon and Cambodia.

After the Easter liturgy, a festive repast took place. The priest brought Easter greetings and noted the importance of bearing Orthodox witness in distant parts of the world.

Source, with more pictures: DECR
Hat Tip: Orthodoxy in China

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April 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Posted in Asia, Pascha, Russia, Vietnam

Paschal Liturgy in Harbin After Long Interruption

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Over one hundred Russian compatriots came to the church of the Protecting Veil in Harbin, China, on Easter Day, April 4, 2010, for the Easter matins and liturgy. Most of them made confession and took communion.
Divine services were resumed at this church in 1986 after they had to be interrupted during ‘the Cultural Revolution’. However, since the parish rector, Father Gregory Zhu Shipu of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church died in 2000, the Orthodox community in Harbin was left without pastoral care and only the lay rite had to be used to carry out services.

The problem of observance for Russians who live in Harbin and assistance to the community of the Protecting Veil was repeatedly discussed in the dialogue between the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations and the Chinese State Directorate for Religious Affairs. This problem was considered in particular in the talk between DECR Chairman Archbishop (now Metropolitan) Hilarion of Volokolams and leaders of the Heilongjiang Province and Harbin Administrations for Religious Affairs on 19 November 2009 during the visit to China by a delegation of the Russian Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations and the Department for External Church Relations led by His Eminence Hilarion. During that visit, His Eminence Hilarion came to the church of the Protecting Veil to meet with its parishioners.

The Heilongjiang Province Administration for Religious Affairs has granted a request from Orthodox Russians living in Harbin, supported by the Russian General Consulate in Shenyang, and has given permission for an Easter service at the church. It was celebrated by Hieromonk Stephan Igumnov who came to China with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion. D. Petrovsky and Ms. D. Kochkina of the DECR, came to Harbin to help him with conducting the service. Among those who walked in the Easter procession with the cross was Ms. Liubov Shitova, warden of the Chinese Orthodox community in Harbin. The Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was read out during the Divine Liturgy.

An icon of our Saviour was presented to the church and accepted by Ms. Shitova. All the worshippers were given icons of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Stephan conveyed to the Harbin administration for religious affairs a message of gratitude from the DECR chairman, Metropolitan Hilarion, for the assistance it had given to the parish.

After the Easter repast, Father Stephan and Orthodox compatriots visited the city cemetery in Harbin. They laid flowers at the memorial to Soviet soldiers and sang the troparion of the Resurrection. Then they said the lity for the dead according to the Easter rite and sang Easter hymns at the graves of Orthodox clergy.

Later that day, Mr. Petrovsky met with inspector Van Jangmin of the State Directorate for Religious Affairs and Yan Haisin, head of the Harbin administrations for religious affairs, to discuss problems involved in normalizing the status of Orthodoxy in China.

In the evening, the local administration for religious affairs gave a reception in honour of the DECR workers and Orthodox Russians in Harbin. During the reception, which was held in a festive and friendly atmosphere, it was noted that the service became a significant event in the life of the Orthodox community in Harbin and a contribution to the development of relations between Russia and China in the humanitarian sphere. Ms. Van Jangmin recalled with warmth her participation in the meetings of the State Directorate for Religious Affairs leaders with Patriarch Kirill who showed a special concern for the fate of Orthodox in China. Mr. Sergey Yeremin of the Orthodox community in Harbin expressed hope that Orthodox services would be held in the city on a regular basis.

Easter services were held this year in other cities in China as well. At the church of the Dormition in the territory of the Russian embassy in Beijing, the celebrations were led by Hegumen Melety Sokolov, assistant rector of Moscow Theological Academy, at the Russian General Consulate Rev. Alexy Kiselevich, at the Ukrainian embassy Archimandrite Kirill Govorun, vice-chairman of the ROC Education Committee. Holy Week and Easter services were also held in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Source, with more pictures: DECR
Hat Tip, with links to related stories: Orthodoxy in China

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April 12, 2010 at 5:08 am

Posted in Asia, China, Pascha, Russia