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Shanghai 5 of March
After a long illness, on the 5th of March the last cleric of the Beijing Mission, Protodeacon Evangel Lu, passed away in Shanghai.
Father Evangel was ordained to the diaconate in 1950 by the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission for China, Archbishop of Beijing Victor (Svyatin). Fr. Evangel lived in Shanghai as a retired clergyman, taking part in the divine worship of the Orthodox community, also during recent visits to China of Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. In 2008, Fr. Evangel was awarded the Medal of St. Sergius of Radonezh on the occasion of the anniversary of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church.
The memory of the departed Protodeacon Evangel as one of the confessors of the faith will remain in the hearts of all those who knew him, the Shanghai Orthodox community and the flock of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church.
Memory Eternal to the deceased Protodeacon Evangel!