Please Remember in Your Prayers

Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and    Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith; Tayisia Solvieva; Lubov Pavuk; Leonid and Zoya; James McAteer.

 

 

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24th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 7

October 29 / November 11, 2018

 

Martyr Anastasia the Roman (256); Venerable Abramius the Recluse (360) and his niece Blessed Mary of Mesopotamia (397); Venerable Abramius, Archimandrite of Rostov (Valaam) (1073); Martyrs Claudius, Asterius, Neon, and Theonilla, of Aegae in Cilicia (285); Venerable Anna (known as Euphemianus) of Constantinople (826); Hieromartyr Nicholas, priest and with him the martyrs Cosma, Victor, Naum, Philip, John, Paul, Andrew, Paul, Basil, Alexis, John and Agaphia (1918); Hieromartyr John, priest (1930); Hieromartyr Eugene, priest (1937); Martyr Anastasia (after 1937); Hieromartyr Leonid, priest (1941).

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:      

Ephesians 2: 14-22  /  Luke 8: 26-39

Fr. John’s Sermons (Video): Click here  

 

 

Everyone needs the fire of temptations in order to be tried and instructed in patience. One must look at things with the point of view that Divine Providence is caring for our salvation: one person requires more, another requires less trials for patience and instruction, and for another, the time has not yet come. 

Venerable Macarius of Optina

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

Saturday, November 17th – 6:00 PM

Vigil Service in the Chapel

Sunday, November 18th – 10:00 AM 

Private Confessions start at 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy in Church

 

 

 

Divine Services at Holy Trinity are live-streamed at 

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons

 

 

Special Petitions for the Unity of the Orthodox Church

Again we pray to the Lord and our Savior to preserve the Orthodox Church abiding in the whole world in unity and right belief, and to grant her peace and tranquility, love and consent, let us all say, Lord, hearken and have mercy.

 

Again we pray to look upon the Holy Orthodox Church with the goodness of heart and with mercy, and to preserve her from divisions and schisms, from hostility and disorder, so her unity will not be diminished or shaken, but Thine Thrice-Holy name be glorified in her, let us all say, Lord, hearken and have mercy.

 

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner today after services

 

Thanksgiving Dinner – Sunday, November 11th

On Sunday, November 11th after Divine Liturgy our parish will conduct a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie…the works. All the gross proceeds of the dinner will go to support the work of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (www.iocc.org), to the Fund for Assistance (ROCOR) http://fundforassistance.org/, the Julie Center and to other charities identified by our Charity Committee. For more information on these charities or to make an additional donation to these charities, contact Fr. John. To the dinner invite your friends and family too. Thank you for your generosity and prayers.

 

Today is Veterans’ Day

Today is Veterans’ Day and the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, which marks the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Grant rest O Lord in blessed repose to the souls of Thy servants, who have laid down their lives in the field of battle in defense of faith and country and all our departed veterans who have fallen asleep and make their memory eternal.

 

Sunday School / PTO Meeting

The parents, teacher and volunteers of the Sunday School will meet on Sunday, November 18th after Divine Liturgy.

We will discuss the Yolka and projects for the spring. All are encouraged to attend.

 

Matching Gift Challenge – Now through Giving Tuesday, November 27th

St. Catherine’s Sisterhood announces a matching gift challenge towards our church restoration.  For every dollar you donate, the Sisterhood will match one dollar, up to $10,000, towards the Church Restoration Fund.  Double the value of your donation:  $20 becomes $40, $50 becomes $100, and $100 becomes $200! Special donation forms are on the candle stand in the vestibule of the church.

 

Phase II of Restorations

In addition to your prayers, we sincerely need your generous donations. This Phase II of our restoration project will cost approximately $300,000. Please consider making a donation to cover the cost of particular elements of the project. Make a donation in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving to God for His Blessings. To make a donation please contact Vadim Radchenko at 410-465-6172 vradchenko@comcast.net. For information of the progress of the restoration work, please contact Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net. We sincerely appreciate your kind generosity and sincere dedication to our parish. Thank you. May God bless you.

 

Pantocrator (Christ the Lawgiver in the center of ceiling)             $40,000

Marble faux finish             $10,000

Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)           (each)    $9,000

New lettering/trim               $5,000

Border/Trim throughout the church                                                    $28,000

15 Large Stars  (each)            $100

Symbols around Christ (Eagle, Man, Lion, Ox)                 (each)    $1,000

25 Medium Stars  (each)          $50

Two Seraphim (angels around Christ)                                  (each)       $500

20 Small Stars  (each)               $25

 

 

Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

Nov. 11-17:  A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week.

Schedule your candle offering with Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172. Thank you.

 

Russian Festival News

If anyone needs to be reimbursed for Russian Festival expenses incurred,

you must submit your requests with original receipts by November 18th to Michael Mickel:  410-666-2870.


 

Celebration Committee Meeting - November 25th

The Celebration Committee will meet after Liturgy on Sunday, November 25th. We need to formally select the caterer and compose a plan of various tasks and deadlines. All are encouraged to attend.

 

Annual Parish Meeting – December 9, 2018

This is an official announcement that our annual parish meeting will take place after Divine Liturgy on Sunday,  December 9, 2018.  Suggestions for New Business items may be given to Victor Marinich. Special items for discussion: Reports on church restorations, special fundraising and Centennial celebration plans.

 

Nomination Committee 

The Nomination Committee is working to present a complete slate of candidates to run for the various offices on the parish council for the year 2019. Anyone interested to run for office may contact the Nomination Committee members: Victor Marinich 443-512-0985; Dan Walsh 410-435-6164; Michael Mickel 410-666-2870; Albert Blaszak 410-799-3226;   Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172; or Andrei Burbelo 443-567-6031.

 

Pan-Orthodox St. Nicholas Festival – Dec. 8th

On Saturday, Dec. 8th, St. Andrew Orthodox Church (2028 E. Lombard St. Baltimore) will host a Pan-Orthodox St. Nicholas Festival for Sunday School students. The games, cookie making, and other fun activities begin at 3:00 PM. Afterwards, Great Vespers start at 5:00 PM. The activities are appropriate for young children up to middle school. Teens are needed to run the activities at the various stations. Please send your RSVP by Dec. 1st to Rev. Deacon James Magruder 410-662-4939 jlmagruder4@gmail.com 

 

 

Amazon Smile  &  Popular Gift Cards

Every time you shop on Amazon go to https://smile.amazon.com/ log in as you usually do, select our church – Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (Baltimore, MD) – as your targeted charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase (every purchase) to our church. 

 

Looking for a simple way to contribute to the church restoration? Consider Gift Cards for your holiday shopping and gift giving. This holiday season, when you use gift cards to pay for your purchases and gift giving, you automatically contribute to our church restoration!

 

The holidays present a big fundraising opportunity for our restoration project. You can raise money just by paying for your holiday shopping with gift cards which you purchase from our church! 

 

Just look at the earnings from these popular retailers:

·      Earn 2.5% on gifts from Amazon (remember to purchase at smile.amazon.com)

·      Earn 10% when you shop at Macy's

·      Earn 6% with gift cards from CVS

·      Earn 7% with gift cards from Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods

·      Earn 14% on your holiday outfits from GAP or Old Navy

·      You can even earn 4% when you’re buying holiday meal supplies at Safeway, Shop Rite or Giant!

 

If you want to start raising easy money in-store, online, on-the-go, or on last-minute gifts, email tania_masiuk@yahoo.com  410-987-4850 or stop by the Gift Kiosk in the parish hall for our enrollment code so you may purchase your gift cards today!   Invite your family and friends to purchase gift cards from Holy Trinity!


 

 

Cleaning Group – Group #4 /  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #4 will clean this week November 12-17: Anna-Zumrat Shkurba (captain), Dmitriy Shkurba,

Margarita Vinogradova, Olga Mychko, and Tatiana Kalish. This group needs more members. Any volunteers??

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  November 11-17

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Lyudmila Borodkina (11/12), Yulia-Ksenia Griffith (11/14)

and Nicole-Nika Boarman (11/16). To include your birthdays/anniversaries please contact Fr. John.

 

Please Remember in Your Prayers…

Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and    Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith; Tayisia Solvieva; Lubov Pavuk; Leonid and Zoya; James McAteer.

 

Next Council Meeting: Wednesday, December 5th – 7:00 PM in the Church Hall

 

Fr. John Vass, Pastor  443-527-7067

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop:                    410-563-0472

Victor Marinich, Council President:           443-512-0985

Vadim Radchenko, Vice President:          410-465-6172

Andrei Burbelo,  Recording Secretary:     443-567-6031

Albert Blaszak, Treasurer:                       410-799-3226

Monika Handley, Stewardship Chair:       410-263-5758

Vacant Member-At-Large:                                                      

Natallia Makarava Sisterhood President:  443-625-8470

Michael Mickel, Cemetery Manager:       410-666-2870

 

 

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 2:14-22

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

 Gospel Reading: Luke 8:26-39

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you. And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

 

St. Theophan the Recluse:  Thoughts for Each Day of the Year  

Luke 8: 26-39: After the Gadarene man who was possessed with devils was healed, he cleaved to the Lord and desired to be with Him always; then, upon hearing His will, goes and preaches throughout the whole city about the good things he received. The benefactor attracts, His will becomes law for the receiver of the benefaction, and the tongue cannot resist proclaiming what was received from Him. If only we kept in mind all the good things which we have received and are receiving from the Lord, there would not be ungrateful people among us, there would not be transgressors of His holy will, there would not be people who do not love Him more than anything. We are saved through baptism from our forefathers’ sin and all of its perdition; in repentance we are constantly washed from sins, which incessantly cling to us. Through God’s providence we are preserved from misfortunes which often are not visible to us ourselves, and we receive a direction for our life which is safer for us and favorable to our goals; but also all that we possess is from the Lord. That is why we must belong to the Lord with our whole soul, fulfill His will in all things, and glorify His most holy name—especially in our life and deeds, so that we might not fall behind the Gadarene man possessed by devils, who immediately proved himself to be so wise that he became an example worthy of everyone’s imitation.

 

 

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (+2003)
The healing of the men of Gergesene 

 

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

How familiar is this story to us. Yet every time we read it we rediscover something in it which touches our heart, or gives a new light to our mind. And to-day I would like to attract your attention to three features of this passage.

 

The first is the attitude of the devils, of the powers of evil, to their victims. The powers of evil have no other intention or desire than to take possession of a living creature and to make it both a sufferer and one that will fulfill their will. The Fathers of the Church teach us that the devils can have no direct action in this world; all they can do is enslave human beings and through them work the evil within them. So this is what these powers of evil had intended: to enslave these men and to make them instruments of destruction, but at the same time to make them suffer for it. 

 

When Christ commanded them to leave their victims they cried, shall I say, for a place of refuge, a place where they could dwell and work destruction. And Christ allowed them to in-dwell the pigs. Pigs, in the eyes of Jews, were a symbol of impurity; the request to be lodged in their bodies was a sign for all who could understand - and every Jew could - that they were as impure as the impurest of the animals. But what happened next was a demonstration to people of what happens when we allow ourselves to be possessed of evil, when we allow passions to have power over us - hatred, lust, jealousy, and all the passions of body and soul. Being possessed by them we are doomed to destruction, as this herd ended in death.

            

We should remember this because we do not always realize how much we are in the grip, in the power of those things which rule our life: likes and dislikes, hatreds, resentments and so on. We are not only possessed, but we are also working evil through our subjection to the power of evil. And the warning is clear: if we only allow evil to take possession of us completely, it will mean death; not physical death, but a total, tragic alienation from all that is life: from God, from love, from beauty, from meaning. We cannot fall out of existence but we can be possessed of an existence which is a ghostly one, an existence without life, without content - a shell that is empty, and yet a torment.

 

And in contrast to this we see the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God become Man. He is the Creator, He is the Lord, He is the Savior of the whole world; and He forgets everything, as it were, the whole of creation to pay attention to nothing but these two men who are in need of salvation, indeed He is prepared to leave ninety-nine righteous, whole people who do not need Him at that moment alone in order to give all His attention, all His life, indeed all His power to save these two men. In the face of all the need of the world He can see every individual need and respond to it with all His love, all His compassion, all His understanding and all His divine power to save and to heal.

 

There is a third group of people whom we see in action in this Gospel story; it is the inhabitants of the country. They had known of the desperate condition of these two men; they were told of what Christ did for them; they were told who their master was, who was their tormentor; should they not have come to give glory to God and thank Him for delivering the two men from the power of evil? NO! All they saw in the act of Christ was that they were deprived of their herd of swine. What mattered to them the wholeness and the life and the salvation of these two men? They were deprived of what was important to them, what mattered to them more than a human life, and they asked Christ to leave their borders, to go because they did not want to risk another miracle that would be costly to them. What a tragic - not monstrous, but just tragic contrast between the attitude of God and the attitude of these people.

 

Let us give thought and ask ourselves, where do we stand? Of course, the first movement we shall have is to say, 'On God's side' - it is not true. When there is a tragic need, and the cost of helping would be perhaps not a disaster but a pain or loss to us, what would we choose? Let us reflect on this: are we really on the side of Christ Who can forget the whole world because His Heart is pierced, transfixed with compassion, or - do we allow our heart to be moved one moment, and then recalculate the cost and turn away from the need?

 

Let us reflect - because every one of these stories, every parable, every image, every act of God is challenging us: Where do you stand? Who are you? The person possessed, to whatever extent? A disciple of Christ ready to forget everything for the sake of a desperate need? Or rather one of those who say to Christ: Go, go away - you are disturbing our peace, the harmony of our life and our security? Let us reflect deeply; but not only reflect, take a decision and act. Amen http://www.metropolit-anthony.orc.ru/eng/eng_75.htm  

 

The Venerable-Martyr Anastasia the Roman

The Monastic Martyr Anastasia the Roman in infancy lost her parents, and she was then taken under the care of the head of a women's monastery, named Sophia. The hegumeness raised Anastasia in fervent faith, in the fear of God and obedience. During these times there began the persecution against Christians by the emperor Decius (249-251). The city administrator, Probus, on the orders of the emperor commanded that Anastasia be brought to him. Having been blessed by her eldress-mentor for the deed of suffering for the Name of Christ, the young Martyr Anastasia humbly came out to meet the armed soldiers. Seeing her youth and beauty, Probus at first attempted by false flattery to tempt her and lead her into a renunciation of faith in Christ: "Why waste thine years, deprived of pleasure? What is there to gain in giving thyself over to tortures and death for the Crucified? Worship our gods, get thyself some handsome husband, and live in glory and honor". The saint steadfastly replied: "My Bridegroom, my riches, my life and my happiness – is my Lord Jesus Christ, and with the threat of torments thou canst not part me from the Lord!" Fiercesome tortures were then begun. The holy Martyr bravely endured them, glorifying and praising the Lord. In anger the torturers cut out her tongue. The people, seeing the inhuman and disgusting treatment of the saint, became indignant, and the governor of the city was compelled to bring the torture to a close, by beheading the Martyr. The body of Saint Anastasia was thrown out beyond the city for devouring by wild animals, but the Lord did not permit that a mockery should be made with the holy remains. Learning of this through the Lord, the hegumeness Sophia found the torn body of the Martyr, and with the help of two Christians she consigned it to earth.

 

Holy Hieromartyr John (Kochurov)

Oct. 31 / Nov. 13

Early Years

Saint John was born to a priest's family on July 13, 1871.  He enrolled in the Ryazan Seminary where he showed great promise, excelling in his studies.  He furthered his education by enrolling in the prestigious St. Petersburg Theological Academy, completing his formal education and graduating in 1895.

Very shortly after graduating from the Academy, St. John married.  Later that summer, on August 27, 1895, at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, he was ordained to the holy priesthood  by Bishop NICHOLAS (Ziorov) of the Aleutians and Alaska. 

 

Coming to Chicago

             Saint John eagerly expressed a desire to be a missionary priest in far-off America and shortly thereafter he was granted a transfer to the United States and assigned to be the first permanent priest to serve St. Vladimir's Church -- eventually to become Holy Trinity Cathedral.  (The community had been served periodically by St. Alexis Toth of Minneapolis.)

Saint Vladimir's Church community did not have its own church building yet.  At the direction of St. Tikhon, St. John contracted architect Louis Sullivan to design a temple for the community to use and construction began in April 1902.  He sought and received donations from Tsar Nicholas II and wealthy Chicagoans including Harold McCormick and Charles R. Crane, the American Minster to China.  For the laying of the cornerstone, a choir from St. Mary's in Minneapolis under the direction of Professor Zaichenko came for the august occasion and he personally oversaw the construction.  In 1903, St. Tikhon consecrated the newly completed building.

 

Working beyond Chicago

             Saint John, along with St. Alexis of Minneapolis were two of the more influential priests in the united brotherhood Russian American Orthodox Mutual Aid Society (later, Russian Orthodox Church Mutual Aid Society/ ROCMAS).  

While serving St. Vladimir's, our holy father John also devoted great efforts toward the establishment of other churches.  He performed the first services for the Orthodox community on Chicago's south-west side which eventually would become Archangel Michael Orthodox Church.  Beyond the immediate vicinity of Chicago, St. John was also instrumental in forming numerous other parishes including Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Madison, IL (1900), Three Saints in Streator, IL, St. Nicholas in Joliet, IL (1907), in addition to Buffalo, NY and Heartshorn, OK.

 

Administrative Work

             He also worked in the field of translating religious texts into English, providing for the future of a Church that would not be populated predominantly by immigrants but English speaking native-born Orthodox.

His administrative abilities, put to use by founding parishes and serving as Dean of the central states, were also helpful in helping to organizing the historic first All American Council, convened by St. Tikhon at Mayfield, PA in 1907.

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Return to Russia

 In 1907, he returned to Russia and due to his skills in education he was assigned to teach catechism in the schools of Narva, Estonia, where, as in America, the Orthodox were a minority.

In 1916, he was assigned to St. Catherine's Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo (near Petrograd), where his skillful and moving sermons attracted many people.

 

Martyrdom

 On October 30, 1917, as the town was under attack by the Bolshevik forces during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, people thronged to the churches seeking consolation.  The clergy conducted a prayer service and procession throughout the town to pray for peace.

The following day, the town was seized by the Bolsheviks and St. John was arrested, taken to the outskirts of town and shot to death. He thus became the first clergy martyr of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Several days following his death, St. John was buried in the crypt of St. Catherine's Cathedral, which was demolished some years later.

 

Epilogue

 On December 4, 1994, St. John was canonized by the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. In Russia, he is venerated as the first of the new martyrs of the 20th century, while in America, he is additionally remembered as a missionary and inspired preacher.

 

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!