January 3, 2009
English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
The iconostasis in the St. Innokenty of Irkutsk Church on the
territory of the Embassy of Russia (Red Fangzi) has been renewed in
time for the Feast of Nativity
Among new icons, painted by graduates of the Iconography School of
the Moscow Theological Academy especially for the temple of St.
Innokenty of Irkutsk in Beijing, are the images of heavenly patrons
China: the Albazin image of the Theotokos, icons of the Holy Martyrs
of the Yihetuan uprising, St. Innokenty of Irkutsk, St. John of
Shanghai, and St. Nikolai of Japan, the Equal-to-the-Apostles. Divine
services in the Church of St. Innokenty of Irkutsk were restored in
1997 and currently are served regularly.
Restoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos temple also continues
at Russia's Embassy in Beijing; it was long used as a garage (built in
1901, this temple was intended to be a temporary one after the temples
of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission were destroyed in the Yihetuan
uprising; it has been used as the embassy garage since 1954). After
the temple is restored, it will house the History Museum of the
Russian Spiritual Mission in China.