At the Orthodox parish of the Dormition of Most Holy Mother of God on the grounds of the Embassy of the
February 19-22—on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first week, the evening service was celebrated accompanied with the reading of the Great Canon of Repentance by St Andrew of
Simultaneously, this week in
On Tuesday during the first week, the regular class was held dedicated to Lent of the adult Sunday School. Fr Alexy was invited to the class where he addressed the various questions of those participating in the School concerning the importance of fasting in the life of the faithful.
On Friday evening of the first week, Fr Alexy also heard confessions. On Saturday, on the commemoration day (February 17/24) of St Theodore the Tyron and the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated during which sixty people received Holy Communion. This week, many children attended the Services. In the first week, Fr Alexy performed the Sacrament of Baptism on two children of Russian Embassy employees.
After the Divine Service on Saturday, the faithful were given decorated editions of a children's Bible.
Unfortunately, Orthodox Chinese still do not have an opportunity of observing Church prayers due to the lack of a church building in