Русский | DECR Communication Service| April 1, 2014
English translation by Katherine Ilachinski

Pilgrims from Russia visited Orthodox churches in China

During the last trip to China from 22 to 31 March 2014, pilgrims from Russia after visiting Beijing visited Orthodox churches in Harbin and Shanghai.

When visiting the Protection of the Theotokos Church in Harbin, pilgrims were met by the church elder and community members. Archpriest Oleg Teor, rector of Alexander Nevsky church in Pskov and other pilgrims visited the chapel of St. John the Baptist at the Harbin municipal cemetery, and offered prayers for the repose of Orthodox Christians buried here. During the tour of Harbin for the Russian guests, which was led by S. Eremin, leader of the historic section of the Russian Club in Harbin, they visited church buildings of Iverskogo, Dormition, Alekseevskogo, Annunciation and St Sophia of Harbin.

In St. Nicholas Church in Shanghai, Archpriest Oleg Teor served a moleben in which, besides the members of the pilgrimage group, the Orthodox Christians of the city and the staff of the Consulate General of Russia attended. M. Drozdov, Chairman of the Russian club in Shanghai, during a tour of the city introduced the pilgrims to the former Cathedral of Shanghai - the temple in honor of the Mother of God "Surety of Sinners", in which St John of Shanghai and Bishop Simeon (Du) of Shanghai, the last bishop of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church, had served.

The pilgrimage was organized by the pilgrimage service of Orthodox brotherhood "Radonezh" with the support of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian clubs in Harbin and Shanghai.