All Saints of North America Orthodox Church

Archdiocese of Canada · Orthodox Church in America

May 30, 2007

Canadian Parish Continues Support of Chinese Orthodox Mission: Chinese Missions Dinners could emerge in every community, says priest

HAMILTON, ONTARIO — Red silks with gold thread. Steaming noodles and crab claws. Commemorating spiritual ancestors in China: A typical gathering of Orthodox Christians?

It is for the Orthodox Church in China, and their brethren in Christ in Canada.

On Saturday, June 10/23, 2007, All Saints of North America Orthodox Church, in co-operation with St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with host their second annual dinner in support of the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China.

The Project combines the work of the Chinese Orthodox Translations Project in Boston, MA, and the seminary training and work of Chinese Orthodox missionaries headquartered in Hong Kong and Moscow. Last year, the dinner raised $3000 Canadian for the Chinese Missions.

For the first time this year, the service of Vespers with an Akathist to the Orthodox Martyrs of China, will be served at the Serbian Orthodox parish.

"This is an exciting example of Orthodox Christians from all backgrounds, working together for the glory of God, to share the Gospel with Chinese speaking people," said Father Geoffrey Korz, priest of All Saints of North America parish.

The guest speaker for the event will be Father Peter Alban Heers from Greece, operator of Uncut Mountain Press, a publishing house specializing in the translation of Orthodox spiritual books from Greek into English.

"Having Father Peter with us to speak about the topic of Orthodox Christian mission work is the perfect testimony to the universal message of the Gospel, and the unity of love within the Church."

Father Geoffrey and the parish members are hopeful for the future.

"We pray that other parishes, across North America and Europe, will follow suit, and gather to ask the prayers of the saints of China for this holy work, and will take the initiative to enjoy Chinese cuisine together, in support of this mission project. With Christ, all things are indeed possible."

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