Prayer to St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, also known as John Maximovich, was one of the most revered saints in 20th-century Orthodoxy. His life and ministry serve as an example of devotion to faith, charity, and love for one’s neighbor. Born in 1896 in Russia, John Maximovich showed a great interest in spiritual life and religion since childhood. After receiving a good education, he became a priest and continued his studies at the Petrograd Theological Academy. However, in 1921, during the Russian Civil War, St. John was forced to leave the country due to the persecution of believers. He went to Serbia, where he was ordained a bishop. In 1946, Saint John was appointed Archbishop of Shanghai and Xinjiang in China. Here he became known for his wisdom, mercy, and miracles. He spent a lot of time in prayer and helping those in need, becoming a true father to all who turned to him. However, in 1962, after the Cultural Revolution, St. John was forced to leave China. He went to San Francisco, where he continued his service and became Archbishop of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Saint John was known for his unwavering faith, humility, and love for one’s neighbor. He always sought to help those who needed his help, and tried to be an example of mercy and compassion for all. He also had the gift of working miracles. Many people came to him for help and healing, and many miraculous healings occurred through his prayers. His holiness and the gift of miracle-working attracted many believers who sought his help and guidance in their spiritual lives. Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco died in 1966, but his memory and influence continue to live on. In 1994, he was canonized as a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. His life and ministry remain a source of inspiration and an example for many believers. St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco represents spirituality, charity and love for one’s neighbor. His dedication to the faith, his miraculous abilities, and his service to those in need continue to inspire and help believers around the world. It is an example of holiness and a call to spiritual perfection for all who seek to follow the path of righteousness. O our Holy Father John, the gracious shepherd and far-seeing guardian of human souls! Now, before the Throne of God, you pray for us, as in the past, saying, ” Though I am dead, yet I live.” Beseech the All-merciful God to grant us forgiveness of our sins, so that we may grow in spirit and cast off the gloom of this world, crying out to God for the gift of humility, Divine inspiration, God-consciousness, and the spirit of piety in all the ways of our lives. As a compassionate guide and experienced guide of earthly life, be a guide like Moses, and in the troubled times of the Church, show us the comprehensive teaching of Christ. Hear the lamentations of the bewildered young men of our time, caught up in the evil of the devil, and deliver from fatigue and despondency the pastors, exhausted by the spirit of this world and lost in the void. May we cry out to you, O warm prayer book, and visit us, the poor, drowning in the darkness of passion, waiting for your fatherly guidance, so that we may shine with an unquenchable light, where you are and pray for your children, scattered throughout the universe, seeking the light with weak love. In the place where the Light of Christ our Lord dwells, to Him belong the glory and power, now and forever and ever. Amen. O wonder-working Saint John, you who have so generously expanded your heart, which cannot accommodate the multitude of people who worship you from different nations and tribes! Look at the poverty of our words, but accept with love what we offer you, and help us, O saint of God, now beginning to cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, serving the Lord with reverence and joy in awe. What can we give you for the joy we feel when we see your holy relics and celebrate your memory in the holy church? However, we have no way to repay, except to start correcting ourselves, becoming new in the place of the old. Be for us the intercessor of this grace of renewal, Saint John, help us in our weaknesses, heal our diseases, heal our passions through your prayers. When will you pass from this temporary life to the eternal one, to the one to which the guide of the Russian people, the Wonderworking Icon of the Korennaya Kurskaya, guides you, rejoicing now in the abode of the saints who glorify the One God in the Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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