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BLESSED JOHN THE WONDERWORKER: A PRELIMINARY ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND MIRACLES OF ARCHBISHOP JOHN MAXIMOVITCH BY ST. HERMAN OF ALASKA BROTHERHOOD

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One of the most striking events in the Orthodox Church during the last several decades has been the extraordinary response to the remarkable life of the Russian hierarch, St. John Maximovitch (1896-1966). He served the Church as bishop, first of Shanghai in the Far East, then of Western Europe, in Paris and Brussels, and finally of Western America in San Francisco. In 1994, twenty-eight years after his holy repose, he was canonized and numbered in the choir of the Saints. Pilgrims from all over the world flock to pray at his relics in San Francisco as the stream of his miracles continues to flow.

Manifesting many forms of sanctity, St. John was at once a God-inspired theologian and a self-sacrificing pastor, a zealous missionary leader and a feeder of the poor, a severe ascetic and a loving father to orphans. Like Moses, he delivered his flock from oppression, bringing it from communist China to the free world; like the first apostles, he was given power from God to heal wounded souls and ailing bodies.

He organized a home for orphans and the children of needy parents. Archbishop John himself gathered sick and starving children off the streets and dark alleys of Shanghai’s slums. Beginning with eight children, the orphanage later housed up to a hundred children at one time, and some 3,500 in all.”

This little, frail man, looking almost like a child, is in actuality a miracle of ascetic firmness and strictness in our time of total spiritual enfeeblement.”

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