Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
On June 11, 1900, a ruthless persecution began against the Christians throughout China, beginning with those of Beijing. Almost all Orthodox churches were burned to the ground. Nothing remained of the Missionary Center at Penking; the fruits of many long years labour were all destroyed, including the printing press and the library.
Unsatisfied with the destruction of the church's properties, the revolutionaries deviously planned to slaughter the Orthodox Christians themselves, beginning with the first Chinese Orthodox priest, Metrophanes Chi-Sung and his family. His wife Tatiana and twenty-three yr old son Isaiah were killed before his eyes. Isaiah's nineteen yr old fiancée Maria was also brutally tortured and killed after trying to help other innocent Christians escape. Father Metrophanes' eight-year-old son John was not to be spared, either.
Following the martyrdom of John and his family, the teachers Paul and Ia Wang were also brutally tortured and slaughtered, along with hundreds of other Chinese Orthodox Christians. Together they were among the first Chinese people to shed their blood for Christ and His Holy Church and to receive the most sacred crowns of martyrdom and eternal glory before God’s heavenly throne. (Excerpts taken from: 'Let the Little Children Come to Me' by St John Chrysostomos Greek Orthodox Monastery)