Place: St Mary's Orthodox Church, 8 Inman St, Cambridge MA
Cost: freewill donation (checks can be made payable to St Mary Orthodox Church earmarked to Chinese Translation Project)
Date and Time: Sunday February 4, 2007 (snow date TBA)
RSVP: Nelson Mitrophan Chin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday January 31
This February 18 marks the start of a new year on the Chinese lunar calendar. It is referred to as the year of the Pig, where 12 animals are designated through a 12 year cycle. At St Mary's we will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday February 4 with a special breakfast after the Divine Liturgy to benefit the newly established non-profit U.S. religious corporation, the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China (OFASC), whose incorporation was made possible in part due to a contingent grant awarded by The Order of St Ignatius of Antioch followed by a $200 gift from the parish council of St Mary to help defray a portion of the development costs.
The Chinese Translation Project now receives its oversight from the OFASC which is governed by an international, pan-Orthodox board of trustees in close consultation with advisors ranging from hierarchs to lay leaders of various professional backgrounds. The OFASC has the strategic vision of producing easy-to-read and accurate modern Chinese translations of important Orthodox texts, and of disseminating such texts online and in printed form, thus making them available to the Chinese-speaking world. In additional, the OFASC has begun working on an online seminary, also in the Chinese language, for those desiring to become future clergy and lay leaders of the Church, and reviving the Chinese Good News, the historic journal of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission of China, transforming it into a missionary magazine to serve the contemporary catechetical needs of Chinese readers.
Please RSVP with the number of people attending and any diet restrictions.