In honor of having turned the manuscript of my book on church bells in China over to an editor, here’s a photo of one of the bells I write about: It was cast in France, and now hangs in the east bell tower of the Xishiku Catholic Church in Beijing.
On May 1, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter, or Paschal. In Catholicism and Protestantism the date is set according to the Gregorian Calendar, but in the Orthodox faith, it is set according to the Julian Calendar. In China, this Easter marked the first time in 16 years that an ordained Orthodox priest was able […]
When I first went to China, I was bombarded with many questions that seemed rather odd: can you use chopsticks? How much money do you make? Why do American parents kick their children out of the house at age 18? On and on they went. But the oddest question I encountered was, “what’s the difference […]
In the course of my research on church bells in Beijing, I have been learning a lot about the history of the Catholic churches here. One thing I have learned is that, even though the Jesuits had favor at the imperial court and were often on friendly terms with the emperor and his family, who […]
This is one of my favorite photos from this weekend in Shanghai. Holy Trinity Church, opened in 1869, was the cathedral church for the Anglican Diocese of North China. It continued to function as a church until being closed in 1966, at the start of the Cultural Revolution. Unlike many other churches in Shanghai and […]
As we were milling around the old Orthodox Church in Harbin on Sunday, an older Chinese woman came out of the church with a small bag of cookies in her hand. She came over to where we were standing and offered some to us. “It’s been12 years since our last priest passed away,” she said. […]