Starting June 18th regular Sunday Divine Services have
been restored in Shanghai, PRC. The services are
conducted by Fr. Aleksiy Kiselevich of the Moscow
Patriarchate in space provided by the Russian
Consulate. Employees of Russian establishments in
China attend the services.
The Cathedral of Our Lady the Surety
of Sinners in Shanghai, now empty
Today, the day on which St. John of Shanghai
(Maximovich) is celebrated, a Matins, Divine Liturgy
and Prayer Service for the Blessing of Water were
held. St. John lived and worked in Shanghai from 1935
to 1949. During that period the construction of the
Cathedral of Our Lady the Surety of Sinners was
completed. Unfortunately services still cannot be held
in the cathedral because the legal status of the
Orthodox Church in China remains undecided.
The 2nd of July marks the day on which Archbishop John
(Maximovich) was canonized in 1994, at a cathedral of
the Russian Church Abroad.
 Translator's Note: The name is based on a mid-19th century icon which was involved in several miraculous reliefs from epidemics. Sporuchnitsa is not a common word, which literally means Helping Hand, but Surety sounds more dignified (though if the truth be told, Spodruchnitsa is a little odd sounding in Russian, closer to 'handy in a tight spot' than 'helping hand').