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Paschal services bring together hundred Orthodox in China

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    http://orthodox.cn/news/050502bjdionisy_en.htm by priest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, May 2, 2005 Paschal services bring together hundred Orthodox in China English
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      by priest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, May 2, 2005

      Paschal services bring together
      hundred Orthodox in China

      English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

      In Beijing, on the territory of the Embassy of the Russian Federation,
      Paschal services brought together several hundred compatriots living
      in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, as well as believers from Greece,
      Cyprus, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Moldavia, Bulgaria, France, USA and
      other countries.

      Orthodox compatriots currently residing in Beijing, who now pray in
      the former temple of St. Innocent of Irkutsk and the residence of the
      head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in China, are expecting prompt
      restoration of the Church of the Dormition, which is also located on
      the territory of Russia's Embassy.

      For the first time in 48 years, with the consent of PRC's state
      authority on religious affairs, a Paschal divine service was conducted
      for the community of Chinese Orthodox. On May 2, lay-led Paschal
      matins were conducted in one of Beijing's [Roman] Catholic temples.
      Our compatriots, as well as foreigners living in Beijing, came to
      share the Paschal joy and to greet the Chinese Orthodox on the day of
      the Bright Resurrection of Christ.

      Orthodox residents of Beijing to this day have not had an opportunity
      to pray in their own temple. No Orthodox priests remain in China.
      However, the PRC's Orthodox saw in the joyful event of the Paschal
      divine service in the temple on Duntszyaomsian a good sign, giving
      hope for the revival of church life for the Orthodox community in the
      Chinese capital.

      portal-credo.ru, May 3, 2005

      Beijing's Orthodox community has
      first Paschal divine service since 1957

      English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

      For the first time since 1957, the Chinese capital's Orthodox
      community had a festive Paschal service today, reports "ITAR-TASS".
      Albazinians - descendants of Russian cossacks from the Albazin
      fortress of the Amur -- adhere to Orthodox traditions. At the end of
      the XVII century, the Albazinians served in the Manchurian imperial
      guards.

      In the absence of an Orthodox priest who is Chinese, the service was
      lead by a layman in one of Beijing's [Roman] Catholic temples.

      "Today's event needs to be considered as a sign of the Chinese
      authorities' attention to this problem", stated ROC/MP priest Dionisy
      Pozdnyaev, who arrived in Beijing from Xianggang/Hong Kong. Beijing's
      Orthodox now have hope that the question of ordaining a priest will be
      resolved, especially since candidates are available."
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