(1994), 2) Our altar boy, Oleg S., asked me after church services to anoint his hand. I am writing this miracle that happened through the intercession of Saint John Maximovich to glorify God that works through His saint and also to give thanks to Saint John for not forgetting us the sinners and helping us. St. ATHANASIUS THE GREAT, in his famous life of St. Antony, describes the following: In their accusation the demons uttered many brazen lies; but since their slanders were wanting in proof, a free path opened for Antony. It was during a trip to Seattle, Washington in 1966 that Archbishop John reposed, and his incorrupt relics now rest in the new Joy of All Who Sorrow cathedral in San Francisco. St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church. . Many who died in repentance, but who were unable to manifest this while they were alive, have been freed from tortures and have obtained repose. In my presence during the next five years, her oncologist and the nursing staff repeatedly said, "Mrs. McFadden we do not know why you are still alive." Child healed of viral infectionReceived on July 24, 2011. He grew up in a very pious family, so he was always very close to the Church. I was lying in bed for 8 months taking drugs and wiped over my belly the oil from St. John. We know that in this thou wast illumined by God, with Whom thou wast ever in the mystical communion of prayer, and with Whom thou now abidest eternally. 5 (11) (November-December 1966), pp. O beloved Hierarch John, while living amongst us thou didst see the future as if present, distant things as if near the hearts and minds of men as if they were thine own. The thoughts he speaks of are those of this world, about houses and possessions, parents and children, and business transactions. Beholding the grace bestowed upon thee, we know that God hath not abandoned His people. St. John helped me find a job and saved me from getting fired from that job when my boss set me up with false accusations. I saw what I can only describe as a miracle and it has changed my life. St. John is the greatest saint and he has become like a grandfather to me. There were also contraindication to surgery at the time, in addition we didnt want surgery because of scars. How can each of our college degrees help our mission as Orthodox Christians? Containing dozens of never before published photographs, and with interviews with many who knew St. John very well, this DVD is an inspiring and fitting tribute to this wonderworker who is loved by Orthodox Christians all over the world. Forgetting about food, he spent the night in prayer with tears and groanings, reflecting on the multitude of man's enemies, on the battle against such an army, on the difficultly of the path to heaven through the air, and on the words of the Apostle who said: 'Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers of the air' (Eph 6:12; Eph 2:2). I read testimonials to St. John and with tears, I began to pray for her in front of a large icon of St. John in my church, I asked that he intercede for her as I didn't know what was wrong. Vladyka, please, pray for is sinners. Several months passed, we tried conservative therapy, but there were no improvements. I asked her why she was weeping and all she could say was that everything was fine. Saint John Maximovitch, pray to Christ our God for the Holy Orthodox Church, for the world, and for us all. Shortly after I annointed him, a small amount of clear discharge appeared in his eye. The completely opposite happens with those who have repented: for near the holy servants of God there are now angels and good spirits standing by, surrounding and protecting them, and when they depart from the body, the choir of angels receive their souls to themselves, to the pure aeon. O relatives and close ones of the dead! OIKOS VIShining forth in thy righteousness, thou didst do the impossible and persuade the authorities of this world to have pity on thy flock, O good shepherd. But, if it is found to have lived carelessly and prodigally, it hears the most harsh word: 'Let the ungodly be taken away, that he not see the glory of the Lord' (Isa 26:10). I really believe that because of our experience at the cathedral, we felt more at ease pursuing treatment with Dr. Ducic. [4] There is absolutely no doubt that the teaching of the toll-houses is the teaching of the Orthodox Church. St. John Maximovitch is one of the only incorrupt saints in America. Wed like to inform of a miraculous healing accomplished through the intercession of St. John. Aren't you the one who fornicated and thoroughly polluted Holy Baptism? Amen.Katerina Bennett, A daughter's headacheReceived on October 20, 2011. ", But man was created for immortality, and by His resurrection Christ opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, of eternal blessedness for those who have believed in Him and have lived righteously. For our deepest wish is to live forever with Him, with the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Glorifying the wonders of a holy hierarch who once walked among us, we cry out to God: Alleluia! She was able to pull his head out but couldn't pull any further because the cord was wrapped tightly around his neck, twice. The experience provides the faithful significant content to listen to, watch, and read; in order to lead, grow, and inspire. With great gratitude to the church.Veselina,Ruse,Bulgaria, House helpReceived June 7, 2012Last year my mother's house needed urgent sewer and bathroom repairs due to sewer gases escaping in the house. He reads the letters and is said to respond to every one in one way or another. . 5 . ( ) , , . Invoke the mercy of God, that we may one day join thee in His Kingdom. , . * Wherefore, cease not to entreat Christ, that He show mercy and redeem our souls. One night, I was browsing the internet, about a particular church. Even those thoroughly familiar with the life of St John will find this documentary contains much that they . ,. , , . Saint John helped me 8 years ago with my home baby delivery bill. The mother was very thankful to Archbishop John for the healing of her son and continues to pray to him with gratitude. He was given the baptismal name of Michael, after the Holy Archangel Michael. The information contained on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is for informational purposes only. I had asked the priest to serve a moleben for us, I was reading the akafist to St. John and the whole bill was written off by the grace of God. Phone: (212) 570-3500Contact, Download VCFJoin our Mailing ListsDonate. We had a good friend of ours whose spiritual father cares for the relics of St. John at the cathedral. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. I know, one should not make promises, but I made a promise to improve my Christian life in a certain way. I had prayed about it to St. John and I even made the sign of the cross with the Holy Oil of St. John on my paperwork I mailed to the school. In August 2008 I went on business to San Francisco and took holy oil from the lampada in the sepulchre of Archbishop John. In late 2005, she developed small cell lung cancer which subsequently spread in her body. The skin around my eye had red and purple blotches. But the soul senses the prayers offered for it and is grateful to those who make them and is spiritually close to them. We invite you to prayerfully consider sharing the resources given to you by God with a donation to the Archdiocese. Our family left immediately following Liturgy and drove to my mother's home where I annointed her, and asked for St. John's intercession unto her salvation, and I continued to ask his intercession when I prayed daily. "Yes, that is true," replied St. Theodosius, "but the offering at the Liturgy is more powerful than my prayer. When I asked her about the address it turned out to be in the very same building where my father and grandmother lived and where I lived as a child only on a different floor. KONTAKION XDesiring to save the world, the Savior of all hath sent unto us a new saint and through him hath called us forth from the dark abyss of sin. As soon as someone has reposed, immediately call or inform a priest, so he can read the Prayers appointed to be read over all Orthodox Christians after death. And although I studied and studied, I couldn't get my score to improve. Many people write St. John letters asking for his intercessions about their many worries, concerns, and illnesses. OIKOS IVThose near and far have heard of the greatness of thy miracles, which are made manifest by the mercy of God even to our days. Amen. O beloved Hierarch John, good shepherd and beholder of the hearts and minds of men! It was an experience that is very hard to explain.We planned our trip over Easter weekend.Being Orthodox, it is not unusual to spend the entire Easter weekend attending different services.We went to services on Great Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter.The service were in old Slavonic and Russian. In December 2000, my mother Kathrin J. McFadden was told she had pneumonia because a large cell lung carcinoma had gone through her chest wall. By the time we got home the headaches were in full force again. St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, You can view our Sunday services via live stream link, Saturday Divine Liturgy 8am ; Vespers 6pm. Basil. And so, we entreat God and believe to deliver the departed (from eternal torment), and not from any other torment or fire apart from those torments and that fire which have been proclaimed to be forever.". , , , , - . After living there for a few years the landlord said he didn't want to rent it out anymore and we needed to find another place and fast. We were looking for a miracle to happen in San Francisco. He brought oil from the tomb of St. John Maximovitch. There was a swelling on it the size of a chicken egg. Each minute he would be racked by this cough. Her case was somewhat complicated since her OB/GYN did not notice how fluids left her body and she had no fluid around the baby for, at least, a day or so. OIKOS IIIThou shouldst truly be praised from the heavens, and not from earth, O father John, for our words are feeble beside thy deeds. St. John Chrysostom likewise calls demons "revenue officials" who threaten us and who are "overbearing powers with a fearful countenance that horrifies the soul that looks upon them. [7] The Apostolic Constitutions (1st/2nd century) teach that Memorials for the dead be served with "psalms and readings and prayers" on the third day after the death of our beloved one, on account of the Lord Jesus "who rose after three days. Cancer sufferer in complete remission.Received on April 5, 2011. Icons with scenes from their lives are also available. As soon as he heard Dayna's name, he turned to her and asked how she was feeling.She seemed to be his focus, too.I was very touched by this.In all, it was a very moving experience.That Sunday, we had some time to sightsee.Dayna's headache was "in the background" that day. I have searched for so many years to find the records in order to know from where I come. Evangelos, Vancouver, BC, Finding a place to liveReceived February 26, 2014. A couple days ago, my prayer became answered and I feel so blessed. Another day later I got a call from the hiring manager and eventually got the job. Wherefore all thy children look to thee with love in gratitude cry out to God: Alleluia! There have been many appearances of the dead and other occurrences which confirm how beneficial is the commemoration of the dead. Wherefore, we trust in thine intercession before God, and cry out to thee:Rejoice, thou who dost avert the dangers of the elements.Rejoice, thou who by thy prayer deliverest from need.Rejoice, inexhaustible giver of bread to the hungry.Rejoice, abundant wealth for those who live in poverty.Rejoice, consolation for those in sorrow.Rejoice, quick uplifting for those who have fallen.Rejoice, O holy hierarch, Father John, speedy helper amid misfortunes! At the end of services on Saturday, we introduced ourselves to one of the priests. I have since had a dream of her, walking away from me in a white dress with one word written on the top of one arm. Glory to God for His servant, John!Xenia LanerganMystery revealedReceived October 27, 2014For as long as I can remember, God and his son have been a part of my life though I did not pay them their dues. If God the Father chose Her, God the Holy Spirit . Our 4 week old son Savas John who has had many health problems since he was born, just developed an eye infection. St. EUSTRATIUS THE GREAT MARTYR (4th century), St. NIPHON OF CONSTANTIA in Cyprus (4th century), St. SYMEON THE FOOL FOR CHRIST (6th century), St SYMEON OF THE WONDROUS MOUNTAIN (7th century). He went through his schooling and earned a law degree at the University of Belgrade. I felt unworthy to approach the relics of Saint John and stood by the candles next to the shrine. 1 Source: The Orthodox Word, Vol. The Holy Archdiocese does not exercise any administrative oversight or assignment authority over clergy that are not part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Let us therefore be ourselves merciful to the dead. But we have received that even the souls which are held in hell and are already given over to eternal torments, whether in actual fact and experience or in hopeless expectation of such, although not in the sense of completely loosing them from torment or giving hope for final deliverance. St. Theophan the Recluse, in a message to a dying woman, writes: "You will not die. the servant of God,XeniaMother with Terminal Cancer lives 5 additional years. [1] But his soul continues to live. By St. John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco . My son Daniel is now 10 months, he is a healthy and happy baby, and we constantly thank St. John for helping to bring him in this world.VeraGratitude to St. JohnReceived June 24, 2014 , . My grandmother passed away 2 months later, I was with her and I am so grateful that I could spend these last weeks with her.Elena LewisCranial abnormalities disappear overnight!Received August 14, 2013, TestimonialDouglas WirnowskiResuscitation of our son at birthReceived June 19, 2013, We've chosen to have home births for several reasons, and the first two experiences were wonderful so we found another midwife in 2011 during seminary for our third child. Hearing this call to repentance, we, the unworthy ones, in turn cry out to God: Alleluia! A translation from Romanian to English to the testimonial by Victoria Flueraru, a Romanian teacher.Pain went away.Received September 30, 2012, I want to share a miracle that happened with my mom. For the Sabbath, as the seventh day from the beginning of creation, is the day which saw bodily death, imposed upon man by the righteous God. The following should suffice, however, to illustrate the Orthodoxy of St. John Maximovitch's words: But that souls are delivered thanks to a certain purgatorial suffering and temporal fire which possesses such (a purgatorial) power and has the character of a help -- this we do not find in either Scripture or in the prayers and hymns for the dead, or in the words of the Teachers. Maximovitch was a patriot of his fatherland and was profoundly disappointed by what he saw as human weakness and impermanence during the tragic events of the 1917 Revolution. OIKOS IAn angel in the flesh wast thou manifested in these latter times by the grace of God Who ever careth for men. June, 1995), 4) Another parishioner of mine, Nadezhda, told me that her son Michael caught a severe cold and had a convulsive cough which only grew worse. She was living with my father not too far from our current apartment and that was another reason I didn't want to move too far away from this area of the city so I could still visit her frequently. She anointed the ailing spot several times by making the Sign of the Cross. A few years ago we lived in San Francisco and that's where I first heard about St. John. Do for them what is needful for them and within your power. This word is read during the epistle for funerals in The Holy Orthodox Faith. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Because of his faith, he received healing from a serious illness through the prayers of Saint Theodosius. Descriptions of the aerial toll-houses may also be found in the following Saints' lives: Likewise, St. Theophan The Recluse writes: What do these toll-gatherers seek in those who pass through? Rejoice O holy Hierarch John, wonderworker of the latter times. She was able to get scissors in to cut the cord, and though he came right out, he was purple and limp. Having read the book on the healings and life of St. John of San Francisco (Blessed John the Wonderworker), she came to me after church services and asked for oil from the lampada in the sepulchre of Archbishop John, as her daughter was seriously sick. Now, however, both the one and the other are in places proper to them: the first, in absolute repose and free, are in heaven with the angels and before God Himself, and already as if in Paradise from which Adam fell and often visit us in those temples where they are venerated, and hear those who call on them and pray for them to God, having received from Him this surpassing gift, and through their relics perform miracles and take delight in the vision of God and the illumination sent from Him more perfectly and purely than before, when they were alive; while the second, in their turn, being confined to hell, remain in 'the lowest pit, in darkness and in the shadow of death' (Ps 87:7), as David says, and then Job: 'to the land where the light is darkness' (Job 10:21-22). On 3 June, 1934 (despite his own protests), the Hieromonk John (Maximovitch), at the age of 38, was ordained to the Holy Episcopateby Metropolitan Antony (Khrapovitsky), together with many other Russian hierarchs and Serbian delegates, such as his contemporary, Bishop Nikolaj (Velimirovi)of Ochrid. Her husband, a military man, later came to me and told me that her leg had developed some infected growths. [1], But when it leaves the body, the soul finds itself among other spirits, good and bad. He would often visit the sick with Holy Gifts and do so barefoot, no matter how cold it was. Have faith and the Lord will heal you. Try, if it be possible, to have the funeral in Church and to have the Psalter read over the deceased until the funeral. She is in another place. Thank you Saint John Maximovich for not forgetting your flock,us the sinners,and as promised I am telling others about you as you have requested dear Saint and please do not forget us in your prayers and take care of my mother as in our prayers.Cristian SHamilton, Ontario, Canada, St. John's intercessionReceived May 30, 2012, Something was not right with my grown daughter for several years, she was difficult, unhappy, unpredictable. St. GREGORY THE GREAT, in answering the question, "Is there anything at all that can possibly benefit souls after death?" The next morning we got up to to church and Glory to God my eye felt great and to my surprise there were only a few tiny purple dots on the skin around my eye. After a week, she was again at services and stood weeping. Being put to shame here means that the soul itself is thrown into hell.". If the deceased has departed unrepentant, a host of demons and rejected angels and dark powers receive that soul and keep it with them. Significantly, all of this testimony is confirmed by the liturgical prayers of the Church. After venerating St. John's incorupt relics at Holy Virgin Mary Joy of All Who Sorrow, and placing the names "birth mother" and "Birth father" on the prayer sheets, I received a call from an agency I had contacted with my information. ", In another place St. John says that these evil spirits are called "persecutors and revenue officials and collectors of taxes in the Sacred Scripture." And who shall tell, holy Father, the straits in which the condemned souls will find themselves in that place! After its separation from the body it continues to live, to exist, to have awareness. Archbishop John then moved to Paris and was assigned to the Archdiocese of Western Europe in 1951. In fact, the soul loses nothing that it did in the world but remembers everything at its exit from this body. And now, with the publication of Blessed John the Wonderworker and other books and articles about him in the Russian language, the people of Russia are beginning to know, too, and have already experienced healings through his prayers, as the following accounts testify. The soul moves and gives life to the body. , . We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. While some people absolutely revered him, there were others who ridiculed him severely, calling him a fool, accusing him of handling his episcopal role with incompetence and . Maximovitch was a patriot of his fatherland and was profoundly disappointed by what he saw as human weakness and impermanence during the tragic events of the 1917 revolution. KONTAKION VThou wast manifest to be a divinely bestowed light to stop the destructive forces of fallen nature, O holy Hierarch, preserving thy flock on the island of Tubabao from the deadly wind and storm, by thy prayer and the sign of the Cross. Beseech the most compassionate God, that He grant us forgiveness of sins, that we may come wakefully to our senses, and cry out to God, asking that we be given the spirit of humility, the fear of God and piety in all the ways of our life. : - , . Please continue to pray to God for us!Dn. But being in the middle of the night, she was hesitant. On the third day, He Who Himself rose from the dead on the third day, commands the Christian soul, in imitation of His Resurrection, to ascend to the Heavens to worship the God of all. Linda, St. John has become like a grandfather to meReceived April 23, 2012, Healingfrom burnReceived December 16, 2011, About a year ago, my eye was badly burned when a lid from a pot of boiling water popped up and hot steam shot out at my eye. I have connected with my birth family on my mother's side. Until then changes are possible in the condition of souls, especially through offering for them the Bloodless Sacrifice (commemoration at the Liturgy), and likewise by other prayers. But, somehow, it felt like home. For with much wisdom didst thou explain the precepts of the true Faith, teaching us to sing with faith, hope and love to the one God in Trinity: Alleluia! At home she sprinkled her legs with holy water and went to bed. O wondrous hierarch John, thou didst stretch thy heart to encompass within it a multitude of people from among diverse nations and peoples who honor thee. "It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb 9:27). I still can not say I have fully delivered on my promise, but I am trying. People in America, Europe, and the other places of his pastoral labors have long known of the power of his heavenly intercessions. OIKOS IXOrators find it impossible to describe thy life of sanctity with their many and eloquent words, O righteous father John, for thou didst become a living dwelling-place for the grace of the ineffable God. Usually it inclines toward those which are more akin to it in spirit, and if while in the body it was under the influence of certain ones, it will remain in dependence upon them when it leaves the body, however unpleasant they may turn out to be upon encountering them. Finally, I annointed the area directly above, below, and to the sides of his eye and our family prayed to St. John and to the Theotokos for our son to be healed. But what he did against virtue or against his evil passions, he remembers and none of this is lost. KONTAKION VIPreaching salvation though slow of speech, thou wast shown to be like a new Moses, leading thy people out of the captivity of the godless, O all-blessed John. Glory be to God through His saints!Valentina Bowden, Help from St. JohnReceived August 11, 2012, I want to share my help from bishop John. Christopher Flesoras' first Sunday at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church. Basil The Great (4th century) explains it this way: "Let no one deceive you with empty words; for destruction will come suddenly upon you; it will come like a storm. St. Macarius Of Alexandria (having received the teaching not from men but from an angel) explains: "When an offering (i.e., the Eucharist) is made in Church on the third day, the soul of the departed receives from its guardian angel relief from the sorrow it feels as a result of the separation from the body. Therefore, in the person whose heart is pure and a stranger to passion, they cannot find anything to wrangle over; on the contrary, the opposing quality will strike them like arrows of lightning. I don't remember how I formulated the internet search, but one of the first links that came up was about St. John, The Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. The soul, meanwhile, cowers and terror encompasses it, and it makes as if to hide in the bosom of the Angels and there is a great discussion and must turmoil until that soul is delivered from the hands of the demons. OIKOS VAll who have trusted in thy help in desperate circumstances and adversities have found deliverance, O bold intercessor, before the Throne of God. Our Mother Church has also ordained common Memorials twice a year: on the Saturday before Meatfare Sunday and on the Saturday before the great feast of Holy Pentecost. The same Father also says that the evil spirits observe the departure of the soul with so much more vigilant attention than do enemies over a besieged city or thieves over a treasury house. . I know for sure that every woman who has not yet had children and who truly believes in intercession of St. John to God can live the happiness that I and my husband live now.Georgiana Zaharia. Saint John is known for his healing powers. KONTAKION XIIWith reverence and thanksgiving do we receive the grace that hath been poured out upon thee by God, O most lauded father John. The pain was growing in force until she could no longer suffer it and needed to get me up to give her a pain pill and take her to the doctor. 1) Valentina A. is a member of our parish which is dedicated to the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God. Parish icon of St. John with scenes from his life, with a relic, resting on his cassock. He was a member of the Little Russian noble family of Maximovitch, to which St. John of Tobolsk also had belonged. It was tragic for us. Thou didst travel to the ends of the earth to save thy flock and proclaim the glad tidings of the Gospel to those in darkness. 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