The Apostolic Exarchate of Harbin for the Byzantine Russian Catholics was organized in 1929 to administer the communities, consisting chiefly of Russian emigres, in Harbin and Shanghai. Although the jurisdiction is still extant, it has been sede vacante since its civil suppression in 1949. The sole incumbent was Father Archimandrite Fabian (Abrantovich), MIC.

After Father Archimandrite Fabian's transfer to Belarus (where he ultimately suffered martyrdom in odium fidei), Father Archimandrite Andrei (Tsikoto) served as Apostolic Administrator until its suppression by the authorities. After his arrest, Father Archimandrite Andrei was transferred to Russian control, imprisoned in the Gulag, and ultimately suffered martydom in odium fidei, as well.

The jurisdiction, canonically suppressed de facto, albeit not de jure, constitutes a Church sui iuris of Eparchial rank.


Photograph: Servant of God Father Exarch & Archimandrite Fabian Abrantovic, MIC, Apostolic Exarch Emeritus of Harbin for the Byzantine Russian Catholics, Martyr

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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Seventh Ecumenical Council

O Christ our God, You are most glorious, * for You established our Fathers as lights upon the earth * and through them led us to the true faith. * O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Son Who shone forth ineffably from the Father * was born two-fold in nature. * Beholding Him, we do not refuse the image of his form, * but piously depicting it, we honor it faithfully. * Therefore the Church, holding fast to the true faith, * kisses the icon of the incarnation of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Troparia of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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"Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. Christ is Everything. He is the source of life, the ultimate desire,He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ."

Elder Porphyrios