Chinese Tourists Are Introduced to Orthodoxy
English Translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
September 7, 2004
Two months ago tourists from the Chinese People's Republic began to be
introduced to Orthodoxy in their native language. According to
information provided to news agency "Deita.RU" by the press service of
the Vladivostok Diocese, the Chinese language tours were organized
with the help of a parishioner of Vladivostok's Church named in honor
of the Kazan Icon of the Theotokos.
Over 200 people visit the temple daily. The tourists are told about
the arrangement of the church, icons, candles, rules of conduct in
church, saints and divine services. A special impression is made on
many guests by the icon portraying the Chinese martyred for Christ
during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and who were canonized in 1903. The
tourists light candles before their sainted compatriots -- there are
202 of them.
As was noted by the priest in charge of the parish, Archpriest
Rostislav MOROZ, "the idea of having Chinese language tours of the
Orthodox temple did not come about accidentally. Our church is next to
the hotel where the tourists stay. At first they came out of idle
curiosity. Later tourist agencies decided to include a stop at and
visit to the temple. But it was impossible to explain Orthodoxy and
that it is an integral part of the culture of Russian people without
translating theological terms into the Chinese language."