Christianity Flourishes in North Korea

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The Seven Valley Church is located in Pyongyang’s Guangfu Street.  It was founded in 1899 and has over a hundred years of history.  For a long time the Seven Valley Church was a stronghold for the Christian faith in Korea, but during the Korean War tragedy struck.  At that time many Christians took refuge in the church when it was deliberately bombed by US forces, and as a result many lost their lives.  However, Christians within North Korea have worked hard to re-build this church so that they might have a place of worship that represents their faith requirements.  The new church is now open and welcome to all Christians.  The church has a leading pastor, novice priests, elders, and deacons.

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On Sunday, Christians come to this church to partake in (Christian) preaching that emphasises Korean national unity, love of the Korean motherland, the practice of ethics and morality in everyday life, to hope and pray for a prosperous motherland free of ethnic strife, and for a national unity that has the power to split those foreign forces that conspire to destroy Korean unity.  Ambassadors, diplomats, representatives of international institutes, Koreans born overseas, and members of other delegations, all come to the Seven Valley Church.

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This loyal church is located in the Funabashi area of Pyongyang and its re-building was completed in October, 1988.  Catholics from all over Korea attend this church on Sunday mornings to pray and are comprised of artists, workers, intellectuals, and many different Christians engaged in other activities.  Prayer meetings emphasis loyalty to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the fighting spirit of the nation, and actively participate in the building of a prosperous country.  Many South Koreans as well as foreign Christian clergy also visit this church to worship.  Those international groups that support the DPRK pay this church a visit, as do different kinds of Christians from abroad.  Whenever there is a major (Christian) festival, the Seven Valley Church Choir gives a performance.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2278735820

平壤的宗教场所

七谷教堂地处首都平壤的光复街,始建于1899年,具有100多年的历史。

长期以来,七谷教堂曾是这一地区基督教徒信仰生活的据点。

朝鲜战争,由于美军轰炸,教堂被毁,当时在这里做礼拜的许多基督教徒惨死。

共和国为了谋求教徒信仰生活的方便,在原地修建了教堂。新建的教堂以原名开放,迎接前来的教徒。

七谷教堂有主牧师、牧师、长老、劝道士、执事。

每逢礼拜日,基督教徒来到教堂接受关于民族爱、祖国爱、人伦道德和人生的说教,盼望和祈祷祖国的繁荣昌盛和民族的和睦以及尽早实现被外来势力分裂的国家和民族的统一。

各国驻朝外交代表机构成员、国际组织代表机构成员和海外同胞访问团成员也前来七谷教堂做礼拜。

将忠圣堂位于平壤市船桥区,建于1988年10月。

平壤市内众多天主教教徒在这儿经常举行礼拜日祈祷会。

参加礼拜日祈祷会的有艺人、知识分子、工人、农民等从事不同职业的教徒。

祈祷会上,他们说,要以胸怀爱国家、爱民族的火热心情,积极参与建设富强国家的事宜。 访问朝鲜的南朝鲜以及海外天主教神职人员与信徒、驻朝外交代表团和国际机构的天主教信徒也都来参加祈祷会。

主要节日,将忠圣堂圣歌队进行演出。

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