Japan started building the first Orthodox monastery


16 July 2005 at the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church chaired by his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II presented the report of Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Chairman of Department for external Church relations(now Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia), about the treatment of Tokyo Metropolitan of all Japan Daniel with a request to assist in the revival of monastic life in the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church.

Based on the submitted report the members of the Holy Synod decided (minutes No. 47) to send a monk of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, hieromonk Gerasim (Shevtsov) to the Primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo to assist in the organization of the monastic community.

22 June 2018 with the blessing of Metropolitan Daniel had purchased land for the monastery of the Japanese Orthodox Church in honor of St. Nicholas the Japanese. The temple yet to be built.

On 3 July, the monks of the monastery, Archimandrite Gerasim (Shevtsov) and the monk Solomon was made the first prayer at the place of intended construction of the temple of the new monastery, according to patriarhiei.

In the future, the monastery was delivered a large altar gospel printed in the printing of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Japanese translation of St. Nicholas. Open book in Japanese is the spine on the right side. Reading from right to left and top to bottom, i.e. the traditional vertical writing. The weight of one of the bound books is 10 kg. The magazine is printed ten copies, artistic-production enterprise “Sofrino” to date, only three are intertwined. The data of the gospel will be on thrones in the cathedrals of the three dioceses of the Orthodox Church of Japan: Tokyo, Sendai and Kiotoshi.

On July 7-8, in Tokyo held a regular Council of the Japanese Orthodox Church. For the future monastery he was historical: it was announced on the land acquisition and the beginning of monastic life in Ajiro (Shizuoka Prefecture). Members of the Council expressed approval. Now the brethren of the monastery will work to the Cathedral next year to present the already visible results.

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