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Protopresbyter Elias Wen Turns 107

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  • Fr. John Whiteford
    http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/english/pages/news/elias107.html Protopresbyter Elias Wen Turns 107 On 19 November, the eldest clergyman of the Russian
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      Protopresbyter Elias Wen Turns 107



      On 19 November, the eldest clergyman of the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Protopresbyter
      Elias Wen, turns 107.

      Fr. Elias was born in China in 1896. At the age of
      seven, he converted to Orthodoxy at the Chinese
      Orthodox Mission in Peking. From 1905 until 1925, he
      studied at the Mission school, and in 1916 at the
      Mission seminary.
      Fr. Elias was ordained into the deaconate in 1924, and
      the priesthood in 1931. From 1946 on, he was the
      rector of the Cathedral of the Most-Holy Mother of God
      "Surety of Sinners," built by Saint John (Maximovitch)
      in Shanghai.

      In 1949, Fr. Elias was forced to leave China because
      the communists came to power. He served in Hong Kong
      from 1949 until 1957, then moved to San Francisco,
      where he has been a staff clergyman of the Cathedral
      of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow."

      Until the age of 100, Fr. Elias conducted all Sunday
      and holiday services at the Cathedral, and sang on the
      kliros daily, morning and evening. It has been
      difficult for Fr. Elias to make the trip to the
      Cathedral the last few years, so the Cathedral clergy
      visits him and administers the Holy Mysteries to him
      at home. Fr. Elias walks unaided, his mind is sound,
      but he has difficulty with his sight and hearing.

      In the words of Fr. Elias, the greatest punishment for
      him is being unable to sing on the kliros on a daily
      basis.






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      Fr. John Whiteford
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