After almost fifteen months in preparation, a long-planned trip to Hong Kong took place from October 5 to 11, 2010, by the president of CIRED, His Grace Mar Awa Royel, at the invitation of an academic institution that deals with Christian studies on the island. His Grace was assisted by Rev. Father Genard Lazar and Rev. Deacon Allen Youseffi. The trip included visits to many theological institutions of divers Christian communions, as well as visits to the heads of the local Churches of these communions.
The Eucharistic Liturgy, according to the anaphora of Mar Addai & Mari was celebrated at the Lutheran Theological Seminary chapel on Wednesday evening, October 6, 2010 for the first time in over some 600 years! His Grace celebrated the Qurbana, attended by over 120 students and professors and other believers, assisted by the Assyrian clergy in attendance. Various members attended the Eucharistic service after which Reverend Chan of the Lutheran Church stated, “For the first time in my life I truly felt I was partaking in the Holy Eucharist”.
Prayer and Glory are raised to our Lord for His unspeakable gifts towards us, God bless the local faithfuls in China.