The Chinese Orthodox Church
English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
On Dec. 17, 2013, the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary hosted a presentation of the documentary series about Orthodoxy in Chinese “Faith of Saints”. The translation of the 30-episode series, directed by Yevgeny Krylov, was supported by the grant competition “Orthodox Initiative” by two parishes – the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong and St. Innocent of Irkutsk in Khabarovsk. The movie is in Chinese (Putonghua and Guangdong dialects) and accompanied by subtitles (in the traditional hieroglyphic version).
Bishop Ephraim of Bikin, vicar of the Khabarovsk diocese, who opened the presentation, noted that “this is a unique project that has great educational potential, to experience the faith, to penetrate the high spirituality, lived by holy ones.” The uniqueness of the first series series of 30 short, 10-13 minute films in Chinese, is that it provides complete information about the basics of the Orthodox Faith, Church history, divine services, and iconography. The works of two saints: Filaret of Moscow and Nikolai of Serbia are examined. The series tells of such great Russian saints like St. Sergius of Radonezh, Saint Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, St. Dimitry of the Don, Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles.
Project Manager, monk Nicanor (Lepeshev), a cleric of Khabarovsk’s St. Innocent temple conducted a virtual tour of the project site, demonstrating to the audience, one of the online versions of the film.
Archpriest Pozdnyaev Dionisy, priest-in-charge of the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, introduced to the audience an online storehttp://www.orthodoxbookshop.asia/, which makes TV series “Faith of Saints” on DVD disks available for purchase.
It is noteworthy that the presentation was attended by students of the Khabarovsk diocese as which this year which includes the study of Chinese; Chinese students studying in Khabarovsk universities also attended.