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    http://www.korthodox.org/index_eng.html Fr. Justin Kang, Tae-Yong, administrator of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, in Korea performed his mission
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2003
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      Fr. Justin
      Kang,
      Tae-Yong,
      administrator
      of Russian
      Orthodox
      Church
      Outside of
      Russia, in
      Korea
      performed his
      mission
      activities by
      opening
      mission
      center and
      church at
      TongEui-dong,
      Chongno-ku,
      Seoul. At
      that place,
      he taught the
      Tradition and
      Faith of
      Russian
      Orthodox
      Church and
      ran a
      publishing
      company. Fr.
      Justin Kang
      published
      several books
      such as, "the
      Divine
      Liturgy",
      "the Eastern
      Orthodox
      Church-its
      history and
      theology",
      and small
      introductory
      book,
      "Orthodox
      Church", he
      also
      published
      bimonthly
      magazine
      called,
      "Eastern
      Orthodoxy".
      In the book,
      "the Eastern
      Orthodox
      Church-its
      history and
      theology"
      (Publishing
      Co. Orthodox
      Korea), His
      Eminence
      Archbishop
      Hilarion
      blessed and
      Cardinal Kim,
      Soohwan of
      Roman
      Catholic
      Church in
      Korea
      recommended.
      In
      particular,
      the book was
      chosen by the
      Ministry of
      Culture and
      Sports of
      Korean
      government as
      the "book of
      this year" on
      1996. The
      Korean
      government
      purchased
      about 400
      copies of
      that book and
      distributed
      them to whole
      national
      libraries in
      Korea.
      Fr. Justin
      Kang,
      Tae-Yong gave
      several
      invited talks
      and lectures
      on the
      teaching of
      the Orthodox
      Church,
      mainly on
      Russian
      Orthodox
      tradition and
      spirituality,
      at
      universities,
      churches,
      monasteries,
      and at
      several
      symposia. He
      also
      published
      several
      papers on the
      Divine
      Liturgy and
      Holy
      Sacraments of
      Orthodox
      Church in a
      few Korean
      Christian
      journals.
      After the
      first visit
      on 1997, His
      Eminence
      Archbishop
      Hilarion
      visited Korea
      again on
      1999. His
      Eminence
      visited's St.
      Paul`s
      Valley, 451-1
      Yonghwa-ri,
      Keunduk-myon,
      Samchuk,
      Kangwon-do,
      and
      consecrated
      St. Anna
      church, and
      baptized Mr.
      Park,
      Ho-Young
      (Peter),
      Kang,
      Seong-In
      (Paul), and
      Kang,
      Sang-Hoon
      (Timothy),
      and ordained
      Kang,
      Byung-Song
      (Sergei) as a
      subdeacon,
      Kang,
      Young-Gwang
      (Paul) as a
      reader. His
      Eminence
      Archbishop
      Hilarion
      visited
      Korean
      Blessed
      Martyr's
      monastery of
      Roman
      Catholic
      Church and
      Nasilian
      monastic
      community of
      Protestant
      Church, and
      introduced
      the monastic
      tradition of
      the Eastern
      Orthodox
      Church. His
      Eminence
      visited
      officially
      Archbishop
      Jung,
      Chul-Beom of
      Anglican
      Church in
      Korea. His
      Eminence
      Archbishop
      Hilarion also
      visited St.
      Nicholas
      Cathedral in
      Seoul in
      following the
      footprints of
      the Russian
      Orthodox
      Church in
      Korea, which
      suffered so
      many
      difficulties.
      Presently,
      Russian
      Orthodox
      Church in
      Korea has
      five
      candidates
      for
      priesthood
      and a few
      candidates
      for nuns. At
      451-1
      Yonghwa-ri,
      Keunduk-myon,
      Samchuk,
      Kangwon-do,
      where St.
      Anna church
      is located,
      we are
      running the
      "Orthodox
      Hermitage" in
      an area
      called, St.
      Paul's
      valley. At
      the Orthodox
      Hermitage,
      several
      people study
      the Orthodox
      Spirituality
      by
      contemplating
      and
      practicing
      the inner
      prayer. We
      also provide
      some retreat
      programs. We
      also make
      Russian
      Tradition
      Icons (mainly
      reproduction
      of originals)
      and translate
      Orthodox
      spiritual
      books into
      Korean. We
      are now
      publishing
      the books in
      Korean, "the
      Way of a
      Pilgrm and
      the Pilgrim
      Continues His
      Way",
      "Miracle
      Icons".
      We have
      organized the
      Korean
      Orthodox
      Mission Basic
      Community
      (KOMBC),
      which
      consists of a
      few people
      gathered in
      the name of
      Jesus Christ
      and Orthodox
      teaching and
      spirit. We
      have about
      ten KOMBCs
      presently
      nationwide.
      Strong
      financial
      stability is
      necessary to
      perform the
      mission
      actively,
      however, we
      are now in a
      financial
      difficulties
      which made us
      to move our
      mission
      center to the
      present place
      from Seoul
      since the end
      of 1997, we
      witness and
      follow our
      Lord like the
      Apostles and
      martyrs in
      the early
      churches and
      New martyrs
      under the
      reign of the
      Soviet Union.
      The Russian
      Orthodox
      Community in
      Korea is
      small and
      weak now,
      however, like
      a small
      mustard seed,
      we sow our
      faith to see
      its growth to
      a big tree to
      complete the
      holy duty of
      our Lord
      Jesus Christ
      with the help
      of the grace
      of Holy
      Spirit.
      May the Glory
      would be to
      the Father,
      the Son, and
      the Holy
      Spirit
      forever,
      Amen.
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