St. John of Shanghai commemorated festively in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, July 2, 2012

Icon of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco.
Icon of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco.
The Russian Orthodox Church is celebrating today, July 2, the memory of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco, one of the most venerated saints of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Services to St. John will be celebrated in Orthodox Church all over the world. But especially festive will be the services at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC (ROCOR). This is the only parish in the U.S. that was founded by St. John of Shanghai personally, in 1949, for the Russian immigrants living in the U.S. capital, where the holy hierarch lived for a brief period, reports the Russian World Fund.

“For us, this day is essentially a second patronal feast day. This is a very important event for the faithful, and we have the great honor of having two heavenly patrons,” related Fr. Victor Potapov, rector of the church.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1994. Fourteen years later, at a bishop’s council, the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate glorified St. John for veneration by the entire Russian Orthodox Church.

2 июля 2012 г.

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