St John of San Francisco

Today we commemorate the much loved Saint of God, St. John of San Francisco.

Although some Churches will commemorate him on June 19 (July 2 on the civil calendar), the date of his repose, the Russian Church Outside of Russia commemorates St. John on the Saturday nearest the day of his commemoration.

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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. 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. As thou once didst hear the mental petitions of thy far-scattered flock even before they could speak to thee, so now hear our prayers and bring them before the Lord. Thou hast gone over unto the life unaging, unto the other world, yet thou art in truth not far from us, for heaven is closer to us than our own souls. Show us who feel frightened and alone the same compassion that thou didst once show to the trembling fatherless ones. Give to us who have fallen into sin, confusion and despair the same stern yet loving instruction that thou didst once give to thy chosen flock. In thee we see the living likeness of our Maker, the living spirit of the Gospel, and the foundation of our Faith.

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6 Responses to “St John of San Francisco”

  1. Laura Says:

    We love him! I have some oil from the vigil lamp that hangs over his relics…it has helped heal a few ailments in our house (human and feline) as well as St. John’s prayers for us.

    Holy Hierarch John, pray to God for us!

  2. Mimi Says:

    Holy Hierarch John, pray to God for us.

    I had the pleasure of reading “Man of God” this past Lent and was greatly touched and edified. I hope to visit his relics at some point.

  3. papa herman Says:

    We too use the oil from the vigil lamp of St. John for both people and pet. My wife told me she has used it on our dog– she said that St. John had a pet pigeon and so she did not think he would mind 🙂

  4. aaron Says:

    Prior to being Orthodox we literally stumbled upon the Church where he reposed in Seattle. Goosebumps and chills when we discovered the ground we had trod unaware.

    Holy Hierarch John, Pray to God for us!

  5. handmaidmaryleah Says:

    Ahh, Vladkya, please pray for us sinners! We need your prayers!
    St. John is my husband’s patron, we feel so blessed to have a very small relic of one of his vestments that our priest attached to his icon with beeswax so that we could venerate it whenever we prayed in front of his icon. Such a small gift that brings us closer to this wonderful treasure from God.
    He continues to inspire…
    Christ is in our midst!
    Mary-Leah

    • Plamena Says:

      I venerate st John very much. Can you help me get some oil from the vigil lamp over his relics? I am from Bulgaria.

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