Mongolia Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Its First Orthodox Service

April 2014

The first Liturgy was performed at the Holy Trinity Church in the Russian  consulate.

April 4, 2014. PRAVMIR. At the central post office in Ulan Bator, a ceremony  introducing collectible envelopes marking the 150th anniversary of the first  Orthodox service in Mongolia was held.

The first Divine Liturgy was served on  April 3, 1864, at the Holy Trinity Church in the building of the Russian  consulate in Urga (the old name of Ulan Bator), headed by Fr. John Nikolsky a  priest from the Transbaikal. This day is also considered the birthday of the  Holy Trinity parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Mongolia, the press  service of the Department for External Church Relations noted.

The parish was closed during the Soviet regime. Church life was restored in  the 1990s. In the summer of 2001, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and  Kaliningrad (now Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia) laid the foundation stone  for the new Holy Trinity Church, the construction and consecration of which took  place in 2009.

Celebrations at the central post office were organized by initiative of the  Holy Trinity parish in Ulan Bator and the Russian Embassy in Mongolia. It was  attended by the embassy’s staff, the heads of Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency  for the Commonwealth of Independent States) in Ulan Bator, Orthodox  parishioners, the staff of the Mongolian central post office, as well as  Mongolian media representatives. The rector of the parish is Fr. Alexey  (Trubach).