July 1, 2010, on the eve of the Commmemoration Day of St. John of Shanghai, Archpriest Alexei Kiselevich, dean of Shanghai's Orthodox Community in St Nicholas Church served a "moleben" (prayer service) with an Akathist to this holy man of God.
Prayers were raised by the representatives of Shanghai's Orthodox community, guests of the World Exhibition EXPO-2010 from Orthodox countries. Representatives of local government were also present in the church.
"Balkanopolis", a choir of traditional Balkan music from Serbia sang the responses and at the end of the "moleben" gave a concert of spiritual hymns.
Shanghai's authorities permitted the local Orthodox community to hold regular services at the time of the EXPO-2010, from May 1 of this year. The creative group "Balkanopolis" came to Shanghai in conjunction with "the Day of Serbia" at EXPO.