The largest Protestant church in China's capital Beijing, which was closed by the authorities during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, reopened on December 24, 1982 to the sounds of Handel's Messian.
1. (MONO) SV Minister delivering sermon in pulpit at Chongwen Gate church. 0.08
2. SV/GV Congregation singing. (2 SHOTS) 0.29
3. SVs Members of choir listening to sermon. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
4. SV Congregation listening to sermon. 0.50
5. SV PULL BACK TO GV Choir singing. 1.09
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Background: BEIJING, CHINA
The largest Protestant church in China's capital Beijing, which was closed by the authorities during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, reopened on December 24, 1982 to the sounds of Handel's Messian. First opened as Asbury Church by Methodists in 1900. Chongwen Gate Church is situated in the city's former legation district. The church was packed to capacity for the Christmas eve service, which was celebrated in Chinese. Banned during the Cultural Revolution, religion is now tolerated, and even officially encouraged in china, where it is no longer believed to present a challenge to supremacy of the Communist party. According to the English language newspaper China Daily, Chongwen Gate Church, which was used until recently as a secondary school, is twice as large as the capital's other two Protestant churches combined. Beijing also has two Roman Catholic churches, which are equally popular.
Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION