Chinese representation church in Moscow serves moleben for deliverance from coronavirus

Moscow, January 28, 2020

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A moleben prayer service for deliverance from the coronavirus epidemic was recently held at the Church of St. Nicholas in Moscow, which serves as the Patriarchal representation of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church.

“Archpriest Igor Zuev, the rector of the dependency served a moleben for deliverance from the coronavirus pneumonia epidemic that has engulfed Russia’s ally, China,” Orthodox activist Kirill Frolov told Interfax on Tuesday.

More than 60 Chinese people living in Moscow, both baptized and catechumens, prayed at the moleben, including diplomats, entrepreneurs, and students.

The outbreak of pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan began in mid-December 2019, originating from the previously unknown coronavirus. According to the latest data, more than 4,500 people have been infected with it in China, and more than 100 people have died. In addition, cases have been reported in countries such as Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Japan, the United States, Malaysia, Germany, and France.

The Church of St. Nicholas has served as the Chinese representation church since 2011. Its many activities include a weekly Liturgy celebrated in the Chinese language, weekly classes on the basics of the Orthodox faith in the Chinese language, summer trips to restore destroyed churches, language training and missionary practice abroad, the translation of documentaries on Christianity, the translation and publication of Orthodox literature, and much more.

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Richard Mohr3/22/2020 4:59 am
I attended liturgy in Harbin, China when I was an English teacher there during the 1980's. I was an Evangelical Protestant at the time. I was chrismated at St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, California in 1992. Our last year in China, I worked at the U.S Consulate in Shenyang. I made an official trip to Khabarovsk, 1990 and met Bishop Tikhon. I worked for two weeks at the St. John the Baptist Skete at Valaam Monastery in 1994. I would be happy to correspond with anyone. I am encouraged that Chinese in Moscow are interested in Orthodoxy. I hope that they don't need as much time as I did to come to the faith! Pray for me, a sinner.
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