Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

Church of the Dormition in Beijing celebrates 10th anniversary of its consecration

Church of the Dormition in Beijing celebrates 10th anniversary of its consecration
Version for print
21 October 2019 year 11:27

On 19 October 2019 the Orthodox Church honours the memory of the Holy Apostle Thomas who, according to the church tradition, preached the word of God in Asia and reached China. Metropolitan Anthony of Korsun and Western Europe, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Dormition located in the territory of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People’s Republic of China. 

Praying at the church together with many representatives of the international Orthodox community of Beijing were H.E. Andrei Denisov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Ivan Zhelokhovtsev, Minister Counselor of the Russian Embassy; Mr. Sergei Chernenko, Russian Consul General in Shenyang; Mr. Dmitry Petrovsky, a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR).

After the divine service, Metropolitan Anthony warmly welcomed the worshippers and conveyed to the blessing and greeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with the 10th anniversary of the consecration of the church which has become a centre where Orthodox compatriots and citizens of other countries living in Beijing are gathering. Metropolitan Anthony underscored that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, while being the DECR, was paying great attention to the revival of the Dormition Church in the capital of China. His Eminence noted the high symbolic value of the celebration of the church’s 10th anniversary on the commemoration day of St. Thomas who has brought Christ’s good news to China.

Metropolitan Anthony presented a gift to the church – an icon of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of All Russia, and a shrine with a set for the sacraments of baptism and anointing.

Hieromonk Innokenty expressed heartfelt gratitude to Metropolitan Anthony for common prayers and attention to the only Orthodox church in Beijing and presented him an icon of St. Innocent of Irkutsk, the first bishop appointed to serve in Beijing, with a part of his relics.

H.E. Denisov gave a reception on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the church in Beijing. Attending were guests and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Petrovsky visited the Department responsible to the state policy in religious sphere and had a talk on the activities of the Russian-Chinese working group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere.

The first Orthodox church of St. Sophia was consecrated in Beijing in 1696, damaged at the earthquake in 1730, and consecrated after repairs in honour of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in 1732. The church was destroyed in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1902, the Church of the Dormition at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China was set up on a new site as a temporary refectory, while a Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs was being built. The Mission was closed in 1954, and its territory was used by the Embassy of the USSR as a garage.

The restoration of the Church of the Dormition has been discussed at the Russian-Chinese high-level talks since 2006, and on October 13, 2009, the church was consecrated by Bishop Mark of Yegorievsk (now Metropolitan of Ryazan and Mikhailovsk). The next day Mr. Vladimir Putin, then the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, who was paying an official visit to the PRC, visited the restored Church of the Dormition and donated an icon of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

Version: Russian, Greek

Materials on the theme

Church for Russian Orthodox community consecrated in Lebanon

DECR deputy chairman meets with Iranian diplomats

Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in a conference on inter-confessional harmony in Bishkek

Statement by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the events at Makhachkala airport [Patriarch : Greetings and addresses]

Chairman of the DECR heads celebrations for the fifth anniversary of the consecration of the Church of All Saints in Strasbourg

Antiochian Hierarch Celebrates Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox Church Metochion in Damascus

Memorial service held for soldiers who fell in battle on the River Khalkhin

Liturgy is celebrated at the burial place of St. John the Theologian

Synod dissolves Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad and delegates its functions to the DECR

Appointments of new Сhairman of the Department for External Church Relations and new rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute

Metropolitan Anthony of Chersonesus meets with Catholic Archbishop of Milan 

Conference on the Russian Orthodox Presence in Lebanon Takes Place

Patriarchal exarch for Africa heads celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the founding in Tunis of the Church of Christ’s Resurrection

Primate of the Malankara Church of India is awarded the Russian Orthodox Church’s Order of Glory and Honour

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates moleben in Donskoy Monastery at the shrine with St. Tikhon’s relics

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk officiates at Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in Vienna

Russian President presents an icon to the Church of the Intercession in Harbin

Round table on Orthodoxy in China takes place as part of the Nativity Readings

The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church translated into Chinese

DECR representative takes part in grand meeting devoted to anniversary of Russia-China Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness