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    Born in the Ukraine in 1896, St. John first attended a military academy but when his family fled to Yugoslavia at the time of the Russian Revolution, he then switched to study theology, was tonsured a monk, and later ordained a priest.  Because of his asceticism and great zeal, he was revered by many as a truly angelic man, an icon of a true monk.  Consecrated a bishop at age 39, in 1934 he was sent to Shaghai where he built churches, an orphanage, and a hospital.  When the Communist Party came to power in China, he fled with most of the Russian emigrees to the Phillipines, going next to Paris and then Brussels.

    In 1962, St. John was appointed Archbishop of Western America and San Francisco, and celebrated Divine Liturgy daily, prayed all night (sleeping only about 45 minutes a night in short naps) and visited the sick.  He comforted and healed many people, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike.  This great wonder-worker died in 1966.  His incorrupt relics were uncovered at his Cathedral 26 years later, and in 1994 was glorified as a universal saint.  O Holy Father John of San Francisco, pray unto God for us!

  • From the website of St. Isaac of Syria Skete: The Holy Apostle Luke was of Greek origin and was born in Antioch, Syria. He studied philosophy, science, and art, as well as many languages, and was trained as a professional physician. He came to Israel and heard Christ preach, and then immediately left everything to follow him as one of the Seventy Apostles. St. Luke, along with St. Cleophas, met the Risen Lord on the road to Emmaus, and wrote of their hearts burning upon hearing Christ explain the Holy Scriptures to them. He wrote his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and dedicated them to Theophilus, the governor of Acaia. St. Luke is the first iconographer and painted the Virgin Mary from life, and she was pleased with these icons. St. Luke traveled with St. Paul and was with him in Rome converting Jews and pagans. After St. Paul was martyred, he preached of the Divine Word in Italy, Dalmatia, Macedonia, Lybia, Upper Egypt, and Greece. When St. Luke was 84 years old, he was martyred in Greece at Thebes in Beothia in 84 a.d. by idolaters who tortured him and then hanged him from an olive tree. Healing myrrh, known for healing eye ailments, flowed from his relics.
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    St. Bessarion

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    This icon of St. Innocent is from the iconostasis of the Optina Elders Chapel in Holy Trinity Monastery.   St. Innocent (a.d. 1797-1879) was a gifted student at his church boarding school.  He married at the age of 20 and had six children.  After serving as a deacon in Siberian Irkutsk, he was sent as a missionary to Alaska in 1824, where he worked among the native tribes, especially the Aleut Indians.  Learning the Aleut tongue, he translated many Orthodox liturgical and spiritual books into their language.  When his wife died, St. Innocent took up the monastic life, and returned to America after being consecrated its first bishop.

    St. Innocent tirelessly labored among his flock, preaching the Gospel everywhere.  He encouraged services in the common language and Native Americans to enter the priesthood.  When he was called back to Russia to become the Metropolitan of Moscow, he still worked for the American mission, asking all clergy to be fluent in English, and encouraged everyone to make the Orthodox Faith their own.  He is called the Enlightener of the Aleut and Apostle to the Americas.  O Holy St. Innocent, pray to God for us!

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    St. Helen was the mother of the future Emperor Constantine I, the first Christian Roman Emperor.  She was born in about 250 a.d. in the city of Drepanum on the Gulf of Nicomedia.  She married the Roman Caesar Constantius Chloris I and gave birth to their son Constantine about 272.  Constantius divorced St. Helen around 289 to marry Theodora, the step-daughter of the Emperor Maximiam.

    When her son Constantine was declared Augustus, or Emperor of the Roman Empire in 306, St. Helen returned to a foremost position of honor.  She was given the means also in 325 to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and find the precious and holy things associated with Christ’s life that had been obscured by previous non-Christian emperors and their administrators.  St. Helen found the tomb of Christ, the place of His Crucifixion, the True Cross, the Nails that pierced His side, and a part of His tunic.  Churches were built on these holy places and also the site at the foot of Mt. Sinai where the Burning Bush still grew.  Pious and devout, St. Helen went to live with Christ Whom she loved in 330.

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    St. John the Theologian

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    St. Mark the Evangelist was the “son” and faithful disciple of the Apostle Peter.  Under St. Peter’s direction he became the first preacher of the Gospel, the first bishop of Egypt, and wrote a stirring account of Christ’s life, the first written of the Holy Gospels.  In Egypt, St. Mark turned many from the darkness of paganism to the brightness of the Christian True Faith.  After establishing the Church in Egypt, ordaining many priests and deacons and working many miracles, St. Mark was seized by the pagans and dragged over the cobblestones until he was badly injured and  bloody.   As they tortured him, the pagans, driven by evil and cruelty, cried out, “We are taking the ox to the stall!”

    That evening the Lord appeared to him in prison and healed St. Mark of all of his injuries, yet the pagans took him out the next day to renew similar tortures once again.  In this way St. Mark was martyred.  After St. Mark was buried by the Faithful, his holy  relics worked many miracles.  This icon is a part of a contemporary Greek set of the Holy Evangelists Matthew (S146), Mark (S166), Luke (S143), and John (S141).

    Sizes are approximate.

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    St. John is called both the Evangelist, as he wrote the fourth Gospel account of Christ’s life and death, and also the Theologian, as he soared like an eagle above this imperfect world in his love and understanding of the surpassing Divine Nature of the God-Man Jesus Christ, Whom he so eloquently proclaimed.  St. John was the son of Zebedee, the fisherman, and brother of St. James the Greater, and both were two of the Twelve Holy Apostles who lived and ate with Christ, and then were sent out later to preach His Gospel to the whole world.

    Called also the Apostle of Love, St. John leaned on the breast of Jesus at the time of the Mystical Supper, where the Disciples would first receive Holy Communion of Christ’s Body and Blood even before He died for them and for us.  Besides writing his Gospel of Christ, St. John also wrote three general Epistles, or letters to the whole Church, and the prophetic Revelation of things to come, all a part of the New Testament.  St. John died when he was over one hundred years old, and simply laid down in a grave and was covered over.  The grave was empty within three days.

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    Medium Large: 5.75x8"

    Sizes are approximate

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