With the blessing of
His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and all of Ukraine, a Holy Image
containing a particle from the Relics of Saint Gury (Karpov), Archbishop of
Tauris, was handed down to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Parish in Hong Kong for
the purpose of supplicatory veneration.
Saint Gury is
renowned as one of the heavenly intercessors of China, Head of the Beijing
Mission, who was first to endeavor with translation of the Holy Scripture and
Orthodox liturgical literature into Chinese.
On November 16,
the chairman of the External Church Relations Department of the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church, Archimandrite Kirill (Govorun) led the Divine Liturgy at Holy
Apostles Peter and Paul Church in Hong Kong. After its conclusion, Fr. Kirill
read the letter sent by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Vladimir, for the occasion
of the handover of a particle from the Holy Relics, and then solemnly entrusted
the Icon of Saint Gury, painted in Kiev on the eve of his glorification, to the
parish rector, Archpriest Dionisy Pozdynaev.
his complimentary speech to the parish flock, Fr. Kirill stressed the symbolic
relation of Saint Gury with China: According to his love for China, even after
his repose, residing now at the foot of Lord of Glory’s Throne, Saint Gury
through his Holy Relics wished to abide not only at the place of his repose but
also at the place of his missionary service. In the subsequent address delivered
by Archpriest Dionisy, he expressed deep gratitude to His Beatitude,
Metropolitan Vladimir. He also noticed that the handover of a particle from the
Relics of Saint Gury to Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Parish represents a unique
and memorable event which allows us to feel the unity with the ecumenical
fullness of the Church in its historical as well as geographical aspect.
The Holy Icon
containing the particle of his Relics shall be exposed for veneration at Holy
Apostles Peter and Paul Church.