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Moscow Patriarch sent letter of thanks to Beijing Embassy pupils

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  • Nelson Mitrophan Chin
    http://orthodox.cn/news/050330beijing_en.htm DECR Communication Service of the Russian Orthodox Church Mar 30, 2005 English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2005
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      DECR Communication Service of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Mar 30, 2005

      English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

      Alexy, the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter
      of thanks to the pedagogical collective and pupils of Embassy School
      in Beijing

      Because of the cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the
      Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has developed
      during the last decade, priests of the Russian Orthodox Church conduct
      divine services for Orthodox compatriots on the territory of the
      Russian Spiritual Mission in China.

      At the present time efforts are being made on the territory of the
      Russian Embassy in China to restore historical elements of the Russian
      Spiritual Mission in China; there is a Sunday school and a strong
      church community is involved in charitable activities.

      For a number of years, Beijing's Orthodox community of Russian
      compatriots has organized among high school pupils at the Russian
      Embassy the gathering and transportation of humanitarian aid (clothes,
      footwear, toys) to Russian children's shelters at monasteries and
      temples. Thus far, 8 cargo shipments (about 300 kilo each) have been
      sent to the Kovalevsky hildren's home (Kostroma region), the
      Martha-Mary charitable monastery (Moscow), Holy Trinity charitable
      monastery in the Saraktash settlement, to orphanages at the churches
      of Christ's Nativity (Kaluga Region) and the Great Martyr Nikita
      (Pavlovo-Posadsky area of Moscow), the Sergiev Posad home for mentally
      retarded children, Moscow Children's Home. This charitable activity
      was covered in the Orthodox church press.

      The charitable undertaking was also highly regarded by the Russian
      Orthodox Church administration. In February 2005, the Holy Patriarch
      Alexy of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter thanking the pedagogical
      collective and the pupils at the Russian Embassy school in Beijing.

      To the teachers and

      high school pupils

      of the Russian Embassy School in China

      Esteemed directors, teachers of the high school at the Russian Embassy
      in China,

      dear pupils!

      I sincerely thank all of you for the charitable aid which you
      collected for many years and sent to various children's orphanages in
      Russia. I want to thank other participants of this charitable action
      -- the management of the Russian Embassy and representatives of
      Russian air transport companies. It is gratifying that, being far from
      your homeland, you aspire to develop what St. Isaac the Syrian calls a
      "merciful heart", as though continuing the works of the members of the
      Russian Spiritual Mission in China, which used to be situated on the
      territory of the present embassy school. It is important to educate
      children not only intellectually, but also in virtue, for "the wisdom
      that is from above, is full of mercy and good fruits" (James 3:17).

      Addressing the pupils in particular, I wish to remind you that through
      your simple gifts of love, those of your peers who are deprived of
      parental care, come to believe in human kindness and mercy which are
      so characteristic of a Christian soul.

      I wish all of you good health, God's help in your work and in all your
      kind undertakings.

      Calling God's blessing upon you,

      +ALEXY

      PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA
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