A Sermon by Archimandrite Demetrios (Carrelas) at the Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco on the Feast of St. John (Maximovitch)
[June 30, 2012]
What a sacred honor it is for this sinful and unworthy priest to be in the presence of the living holy relics of one of our Lord’s true Shepherds of souls: our holy Father among the Saints, John of Shanghai and San Francisco! Some of you present today were blessed to have worshipped with St. John, and directly received his Spirit-filled teachings and guidance, before God called him into His Heavenly Kingdom. And yet, far from leaving you few eyewitnesses as orphans, our All-Compassionate Saviour has made St. John accessible to everyone here and to the entire world. What overflowing Grace has God poured out upon our humble Shepherd! Who can number the countless thousands of souls who – through prayers, letters and/or kneeling before his sacred, incorrupt body - have received soul and body healings for themselves and for others?
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