HONG KONG, December 6 – RIA News, Kira Pozdnyaeva. Memorial Services in remembrance of His Holiness Alexy,
Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, who reposed on December 5, will be
performed in the Orthodox parishes of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, as it is
reported by the correspondent of RIA News.
His Holiness, Patriarch Alexy, will forever stay in the
hearts of the Russian and Chinese Orthodox believers. Among his responsibilities
and concerns was also the state of the Orthodox Church in China. “He witnessed
the Church’s practical obliteration during the years of the ‘Cultural
Revolution’, and had also seen the first reopening of Orthodox churches in China
in the 80’s”, – has stated for RIA News Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, the
rector of Sts Peter and Paul Parish in Hong Kong.
“Being already a Patriarch, he took on himself the
archpastoral care for the Orthodox parishes in China till the normalization of
the status of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church. Among the letters of
condolences sent by the Orthodox faithful of China now there are also
traditional verses which according to the custom are written in honor of eminent
personages”, - said the interlocutor to our Agency.
On the territory of China, there are four
Chinese-speaking and five Russian-speaking Orthodox parishes. Several thousands
Orthodox believers live in the country.