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Metropolitan Kirill to consecrate an Orthodox church in Tokyo

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5130 02 September 2008, 14:19 Metropolitan Kirill to consecrate an Orthodox church in Tokyo Moscow, September 2,
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      02 September 2008, 14:19
      Metropolitan Kirill to consecrate an Orthodox church in Tokyo

      Moscow, September 2, Interfax – A new Russian
      Orthodox church of St. Alexander of Neva was
      built in the district of Meguro in Tokyo.

      “The church has a new iconostasis and is being
      prepared for the consecration which is to take
      place on September 12 on the patronal festival,”
      the secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations of
      the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External
      Church Relations told Interfax-Religion.

      The DECR chair Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk
      and Kaliningrad is to conduct a consecration.

      The number of the Japanese who identify
      themselves with Orthodoxy equals to about 30,000 people.

      The Japanese Autonomous Church was founded by St.
      Nikolay (Kasatkin) who came to Japan on 1861 on
      the decision of the Holy Synod. He founded and
      headed the Russian Orthodox mission in Japan in
      1870. He translated the Holy Scripture and
      liturgical books into Japanese and built the
      Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo. The Russian
      Orthodox Church canonized Archbishop Nikolay in
      1970. The Moscow Patriarchate granted autonomy to
      the Japanese Orthodox Church the same year.
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