Exhibition timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan opens at the National Library of Russia23. March 2012 - 9:18
On 20 March 2012, an exhibition entitled “I am the only Russian here…” (from history of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Japan)” opened at the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan and presents documents and other materials on the life and work of St. Nicholas, as well as materials about Japan, notes and memoirs of Russian and foreign authors published at the turn of the 19th century about Japanese traditions and customs.
General Consul of Japan in St. Petersburg, Mr. Ichiro Kavabata, addressed the guests of library at the opening ceremony, press service of the National Library of Russia reports.
Source: Western American Diocese
Boban Stojkovic: Christianity in the Land of the Rising Sun (The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Japan. Saint Nikolai Kasatkin and his mission), Diocese of Dalmatia, Sibenik 2010, 157 pages [ISBN 987-86-82555-49-00]
The baptization of all nations on behalf of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , as is widely known,is the New Testament imperative.The mission is an obligation of the Church. However, our time is perhaps мост inert when it comes to missionary work. Simply, as if modern church apostles have become lazy. This state of ministerial activity, because of its importance, requires serious attention and fast response.
Speaking of that, the Nikolai Kasatkin's mission in Japan is, in many ways, paradigmatic. St. Nicholas was preaching Christ to the people whom the Orthodox tradition was completely unknown and therefore he started from the scratch. To a large extent, the situation in which are today's missionaries, whose "target groups" belong either to those few peoples who have never heard of the Gospel of Christ or to those who tore off from the Christian tradition of their ancestors. To both sides, therefore, the Orthodox Christian tradition is known just as much as it was known the Japanese at the time of Nikolai Kasatkin. Hence the study of his work on the baptism of Japan invaluable for finding the most appropriate missionary model and its implementation today.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London, on January 31, 2012, the exhibition of the icons and religious paintings "Saint Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen".
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended yesterday in the ceremonial hall of the Serbian Academy for Sciences and Arts the presentation of the Serbian Encyclopaedia (Volume I, book 1-2) in the joint publication of the Matica Srpska, SASA and the Institute for School Books and Teaching Aid.