Source: DECR Communication Service
October 22, 2019
On 19 October 2019 the Orthodox Church honours the memory of the Holy Apostle Thomas who, according to the church tradition, preached the word of God in Asia and reached China. Metropolitan Anthony of Korsun and Western Europe, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Dormition located in the territory of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People’s Republic of China.
Praying at the church together with many representatives of the international Orthodox community of Beijing were H.E. Andrei Denisov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Ivan Zhelokhovtsev, Minister Counselor of the Russian Embassy; Mr. Sergei Chernenko, Russian Consul General in Shenyang; Mr. Dmitry Petrovsky, a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
After the divine service, Metropolitan Anthony warmly welcomed the worshippers and conveyed to the blessing and greeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with the 10th anniversary of the consecration of the church which has become a centre where Orthodox compatriots and citizens of other countries living in Beijing are gathering. Metropolitan Anthony underscored that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, while being the DECR, was paying great attention to the revival of the Dormition Church in the capital of China. His Eminence noted the high symbolic value of the celebration of the church’s 10th anniversary on the commemoration day of St. Thomas who has brought Christ’s good news to China.
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