Archive for November, 2009

by / on November 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm / in Russian Orthodox Missions

Acts of the first apostels of the Russian mission.

Mr. Sawabe received two-man who were interested in Christianity. Mr. Kannari, who after-wards became a prominent evangelist and Mr. Arai; though only a youth, had a reputation of being a talented scholar. Both were deeply impressed by what they had heard. These new inquirers were taking an active part in the political movement of the time. With others of the […]

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by / on November 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm / in Russian Orthodox Missions

Apostles' Creed!

Apostles’ Creed From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Apostles’ Creed (Latin: Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum), sometimes titled Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement of Christian belief, a creed or “symbol”.[1] It is widely used by a number of Christian denominations for both liturgical and catechetical purposes, most visibly by liturgical Churches of Western tradition, including the Latin […]

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by / on November 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm / in Russian Orthodox Missions

Principles of Orthodox Translation of Gospel.

St. Nikolai endeavored to translate keeping to the original style and meaning, so that “each word reached the mind and soul of the listener and reader”. Due to the specific features of the Japanese language St. Nikolai faced the two problems: to choose the necessary vocabulary and appropriate grammar. Besides that, the 19the century Japan, has just revoked from the […]

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by / on November 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm / in Russian Orthodox Missions

Facts about Father Nicolai.

Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Japan and Gospel Translation Roman Catholic monk Francis Xavier was the first to start Gospel propagation in Japan in 1549. He was successful in settling 230 congregations with 200 thousand faithful in extremely short period of time. However, after the end of the local war period, the newly formed Tokugawa shogun system feared the growth of […]

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by / on November 23, 2009 at 11:56 am / in Russian Orthodox Missions

Having thought much about the way in which missionary work ought to be conducted, he (Nicolai) had already prepared a set of rules for a society of evangelists that he hoped to organize.

Having thought much about the way in which missionary work ought to be conducted, he had already prepared a set of rules for a society of evangelists that he hoped to organize. These rules are interesting as showing his early recognition of the importance of making converts work for the salvation of others, and also because the plan here marked […]

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by / on November 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm / in Russian Orthodox Missions

The Beginning of the Mission (1861-1872)

Japan’s nearest neighbor is Russia. For a long time subjects of each nation had settlements in Saghalien, and the resulting disputes over territorial rights continued until 1875, when Japan waived its islands of the Kurile group that had hitherto belonged to Russia. The Kuriles had been visited in the eighteenth century by Russian priests, and not long ago(1910) there were […]

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by / on November 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Dress Code

Increased acquaintance with the Japanese had shown Xavier that both the rich and poor were inclined to despise a person that was not well dressed. He therefore abandoned the garb of poverty and procured from Portuguese merchants richer garments than he had hitherto worn. He took with him the letters and presents that had been furnished by the viceroy of […]

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by / on November 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm / in Roman Catholic Missions

Xavier on the way to Kyoto to see the Emperor!

The missionaries remained about two months in Yamaguchi and because the results of their labor was small, they started towards Kyoto at the end of December. The weather seemed very severe for someone that lived in India and had spent the previous winter in the mild climate of Kagoshima.Sometimes they had to ford rivers where the icy water was waist […]

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