May 27 St. John the Russian and Confessor

Read the Life of St. John here

Born in 1690 in Little Russia. 

Served in the army and was captured by the Tatars in 1711.

St John’s help is sought by travelers, and by those transporting things.

Died May 27, 1730

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. John from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Illumined by the most splendid light of the Sun of righteousness, O divinely radiant one, ask enlightenment, for me, the benighted, that I may hymn thy luminous solemnity.

Having mortified all thy members, O wise one, thou didst have within thy pure heart Christ Who slew and crushed the head of the serpent, and hath delivered human nature from his venom.

Learning the law of the Lord, thou was like the tree which brings forth good fruit in due season; for after thy repose, O right glorious one, thou hast received the grace to heal those who call upon thee.

Thy holy life shone forth in Asia, O blessed one, and shines with the light of miracles. Ask for us who honor thy memory the grace to desire and do what is good.

Thou gavest no sleep to thine eyes until, by thine all-night vigils of prayer to the Lord, thou didst lull to sleep the movements of the flesh which rise up against the spirit, O right laudable one.

Having vanquished the assaults of the demons by the invincible power of the Cross of Christ, thou hast been shown to be a cause of salvation for many, for thou art the helper of those who have recourse to thy relics.

Thou didst adorn thy soul, mortifying carnal-mindedness; wherefore, thou beholds the beauties of heaven.

Thou wast righteous and guileless, truthful and blameless, faithful and pious, O all-praised one.

Exalted in divine humility, thou didst bring down the enemy, O blessed one, being glorious in heaven and on earth.

Though thou wast made a lowly slave in body, in soul thy character was noble, O all-honored one, and thou didst direct all thy desire to God Who sees all things.

Having completed thy course on earth in God-pleasing manner, thou now joins chorus with those who have been pleasing to God, praying for those who honor thy repose, O elect of God.

In thee is a miracle seen, O glorious one, for after thy repose thy body hath been preserved intact, fragrant and full of healings, by the judgements of Him Who hath glorified thee.

Russia gave rise to thee like a fragrant lily, and in the midst of the Moslem’s thorns thou wast like a beautiful rose, redolent with the grace of God.

Having flourished like a palm tree, O namesake of grace, thou dost delight the senses of the faithful with the sweetness of thy fruits; and thou wast like a mighty cedar unbroken by the storm of temptations and perils.

Thou didst reveal thy relics to the pious in a vision, hidden in the earth like a priceless treasure, and thereby thou heals men’s sickness, imparting sanctification from God to those who kiss them.

How shall we worthily praise thee, O right wise one, who slew the passions by thy struggles, didst enslave the flesh to the spirit and didst vanquish the enemy? How, hearing of thy great endurance and humility, thy meekness toward all, thine innocence, thy sympathy for the suffering, and thine assistance for those amid tribulations and sicknesses, will not marvel? For, rightly delighting in the never-waning day of the kingdom of God with the righteous, pray thou for those who honor thy memory, that we may cry out to thee: Rejoice, O John, thou namesake of grace!

On this festive day we celebrate thy blessed repose, O radiant one, whereon, bearing a lamp full of the oil of good works, thou didst enter into the splendid bridal chamber and now cries out to the Bridegroom of souls: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Having cultivated thy soul with the plough of prayer, O divinely wise one, and sown it with abstinence and watered it with tears, thou didst reap the grain of purity and righteousness, and with the just thou criest out to Christ Who strengthened thee: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

The souls of the saints, the choir of the righteous and the army of incorporeal intelligences received thee who joins chorus with them, O right wondrous one, who art arrayed in the incorrupt vesture of glory and chants with them: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

When, as thou wast about to depart from this life, thou didst desire to partake of the most holy and life-creating Mysteries, O all-praised one, they were brought to thee, concealed in an apple; and, having partaken of them, thou didst take wing to the heavens.

The beauty of the Creator, which thou didst behold here as in a glass and reflections, thou now beholdest most clearly, having passed over to the highest, O blessed of God, the reflection having been abolished.

Thy sweat and tribulations pour forth sweet streams of healings, which are the joy of those who with faith have recourse to thy relics, to the glory of Christ our God.

Having amassed riches which cannot be taken away, which neither worm nor corruption can spoil, and sailed forth from the earth like a mariner, thou hast reached the most tranquil harbor of eternal blessedness.

Thou hast been vouchsafed the kingdom of heaven, the city of the Most High, the paradise of God, the delight of the righteous and never-waning light. There be thou mindful of us who hymn thee, O most lauded one.

Joining chorus with the assembly of the righteous and all the saints, O ever-memorable one, entreat God the Creator of all, that He vouchsafe unto those who celebrate thy memory the portion of the saved.