Chinese Orthodox Church
English translation by Katherine Ilachinski
On January 7, 2010, a solemn liturgy was held for the feast of the
Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, with the approval of
Chinese authorities in the church of St. Nicholas in Shanghai (China).
During the worship service, which was celebrated by Archpriest Alexis
Kiselevich, there were about a hundred Orthodox Christians from different
countries praying; of which about 40 people partook of Holy Communion.
The church service was attended by the Consul General of Russia in
Shanghai A. Sharonov and his wife, Consul General of Ukraine SA Burdulyak
with his wife, Consul General of Belarus Vladimir L. Vorobei and his wife,
Consul General of Russia in Pusan (South Korea) V.N. Yermolov, head of the
Russian Club in Shanghai M.V. Drozdov with his family, representatives of
municipal authorities in Shanghai.
On the same day the Sunday school pupils of the international Orthodox
community in Shanghai “Kolosok” pleased the parishioners with children’s
Nativity pageant. The celebration was concluded with tea.
During the Nativity season, Archpriest Alexis Kiselevich visited resident
retired priest Michael Wang Quansheng in Shanghai, of the Chinese
Autonomous Orthodox Church and congratulated him with the blessed Nativity
of Christ. Among the Christmas gifts Archpriest Alexis presented to Father
Michael (published by the Department for External Church Relations of
Moscow Patriarchate) was the book “Orthodoxy in China”, the issue of which
was timed to coincide with the 325th anniversary of the Orthodox presence
in China marked in 2010.