St. John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco + July 2


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“Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men’s needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God.”
– St. John Maximovitch

Apolytikion

Like a spiritual daystar in heaven’s firmament, thou didst encompass the whole world and didst enlighten men’s souls. Hence, thy name is glorified throughout the East and West, for thou didst shine forth with the grace of the Sun of Righteousness, O John, our beloved shepherd. Wherefore, cease not to entreat Christ, that He show mercy and redeem our souls.

Kontakion

To thee, the pastor and protector of a countless host of homeless orphans, widows, paupers, and afflicted souls, do we offer anthems born of love and thanksgiving. As a hierarch filled with grace and zeal for piety, do thou save us from the foes of apostolic truth, for we cry to thee: Rejoice, O great wonderworker John.

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