Church of the Life-Giving Trinity
|Church of the Life-Giving Trinity|
Exterior of the church
|Location||Jongbaek-dong, Rangrang District, Pyongyang|
|Dedicated||13 August 2006|
|Relics held||Sergius of Rakvere|
|Associated people||Kim Jong-il (initiator)|
|Groundbreaking||24 June 2003|
|Division||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Rector||Feodor Kim (Kim Hoe-il)|
|Deacon(s)||John Ra (Ra Gwan-chol)|
The Church of the Life-Giving Trinity is an Eastern Orthodox church in Jongbaek-dong, Rangrang District in Pyongyang, North Korea. It is the first and only Orthodox church in the country, and one of only a handful of churches there overall.
Kim Jong-il reportedly wanted to construct an Eastern Orthodox church in North Korea after a trip to the Russian Far East in 2002. Kim had visited the Church of St. Innocent Innokentiy of Irkutsk in Khabarovsk on 22 August and admired its architecture and Russian Orthodox rites.
There were no Eastern Orthodox priests in the country, so the Orthodox Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea established in 2002 contacted the Russian Orthodox Church.
The committee sent four students to the Moscow Ecclesiastical Seminary in April 2003. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 24 June 2003. The church was dedicated on 13 August 2006 in the presence of Russian religious and political leaders.
The church is presided over by rector Feodor Kim (Kim Hoe-il) and deacon John Ra (Ra Gwan-chol), graduates of the theological seminary in Moscow.
Very few locals attend.
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- Institute for Unification Education, Ministry of Unification (South Korea) (30 January 2015). Understanding North Korea: Totalitarian dictatorship, Highly centralized economies, Grand Socialist Family. 길잡이미디어. pp. 389–. GGKEY:Q35FXTAE44S.
- "Orthodox Church of the Live-Giving Trinity in Pyongyang". Embassy of Russia to the DPRK. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- AsiaNews.it. "Pyongyang: Orthodox community subject to authority of Alexei II". asianews.it. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Burdick, Eddie (26 May 2010). Three Days in the Hermit Kingdom: An American Visits North Korea. Jefferson: McFarland. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7864-5653-6.
- Hoare 2012, p. xlix.
- "The church of the Life-Giving Trinity consecrated in Pyongyang. The Russian Orthodox Church delegation on a visit to the KPDR". orthodox.cn. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- Hoare 2012, p. 323.
- Hoare, James E. (13 July 2012). Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6151-0.
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