I love this composition :)
Catalina, nu cred ca pictata biserica, odata ce zeci de ani a servit ca bar.
Thank you, Nickos! I really hope that too, God will have mercy!
Wonderful picture and Church. I do hope that a solution will be found soon about the fate of the Orthodox Church in China and new parishes come to life again. Thank you for the story.
Thank you YueAn, I was waiting for your presence here :)
the short history is like this:
1964 Simeon the last bishop of Shnaghai departed from this wordly life.Then the clergies and faithfuls of this city lost their archpastor and fell in a chaos.So,the local government bought the church building,changed it into other usage.And gave priests worldly jobs.....
Since then till now,no one church is opening with Divine Service. In this city, we had ever at least 12 parishes and 2 monastries,but now,nothing.......
Kyrie eleison kai soson!
I have the E-dict from Lazar. So, pass it forward ;)
Salut, Tanjica! Nice to hear from you! :))
Some people here would have a lot of work to do to erase all the wires! ;))) Just kidding, MIhaela, of course, thanks for this very nice photo. And for the E-dict link! All the best to you!
Hi Stefan! Greetings to you too!
I am enjoying the photos of my friends too! :)
Yes, Lazar, you are right, is without crosses. My friend didn't gave me too many details about the two photos, he said they will speak by themselves. Although, I found some information with recent history of the church, unfortunately sad information, but interesting to know about:
Starting June 18th 2005 regular Sunday Divine Services have been restored in Shanghai, PRC. The services are conducted by Fr. Aleksiy Kiselevich of the Moscow Patriarchate in space provided by the Russian Consulate. Employees of Russian establishments in China attend the services.
St. John lived and worked in Shanghai from 1935 to 1949. During that period the construction of the Cathedral of Our Lady the Surety of Sinners was completed. Unfortunately services still cannot be held in the cathedral because the legal status of the Orthodox Church in China remains undecided.
The church building until recently has been used by "The Dome" bar restaurant. It was recently checked in October 2005 and is currently empty.