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On the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God with the blessing of
His Eminence Vadim, Metropolitan of Irkutsk, the gift to the Hong Kong
parish in the name of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul was transferred the
icon of St. Innocent of Irkutsk with a particle of his relics. The icon
was brought to Hong Kong by the cleric of Irkutsk diocese priest
Alexander Abiduev who with the clergy of the parish prayed on the day of
this solemn event.
St. Innocent - the patron saint of the Orthodox Church in China. He was
the first Orthodox bishop who received the appointment to head the
Beijing Mission. In China, several temples were consecrated in honor of
this saint , in particular, the temple in city of E'erguna in the Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia, and the temple in Beijing, located on the territory of the Russian Embassy (Beiguan) .