This year the clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will solemnly celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Canonization of our Father among the Saints John Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of June.
Members of the diocese are undertaking several actions in preparation for this great event.
Firstly, arrangements are being made to host the Council of Bishops of our Church, which is being convened from June 24th to July 1st, 2014. According to our Ruling Bishop’s Decree No5/2014 funds are being collected from every parish of the diocese based on the number of members in a respective community to help off-set the costs of hosting the Council. In addition, Archimandrite Nicholas (Olhovsky) will be consecrated to the episcopacy by the Council of Bishops during Divine Liturgy on Sunday June 29th.
In the upcoming, solemn days proceeding St. John’s Anniversary, simultaneously with the Council of Bishops, the XIII All-Diaspora Youth Conference will take place under the slogan In the Footsteps of Saint John from June 27th through July 4th. More than 120 young people have registered from our diocese, the entire Russian Diaspora and the Russian Federation as well. The youth conference will be dedicated to the radiant memory and holy labors of Saint John of Shanghai, and therefore will be devoted to missionary work in the field of philanthropy. The young pilgrims will visit various holy sites within the diocese, participate in the Divine Services of the 20th Anniversary and in workshops. There will be lectures and round-table discussions in which will be participating guest hierarchs from Russia. More information: here.
The newly formed diocesan journal “Spiritual Spring” is preparing its fourth and “special” issue devoted entirely to the memory of St. John. The expanded issue will incorporate some of the latest witnesses of miraculous intercession by the Saint that have never been published before. Within the rich content of this issue will also be included personal correspondence received from St. John's parents.
Currently, a commemorative medallion is being minted with an image of Saint John. The medallion will be blessed on his honorable relics and available for sale during the celebrations.
Decree No5/2014 of the Western American Diocese declares that all of the parishes of the Bay Area Deanery (Old Cathedral in San Francisco, “Kazan” Church in San Francisco, St. Sergius Church in San Francisco, St. Tikhon Church in San Francisco, Burlingame, Calistoga, Monterey, Palo Alto, Placerville, Reno, Sacramento, Sunnyvale, and Santa Rosa) are to cancel their Sunday Liturgy on the 29th of June. The clergy and faithful are to participate in the Divine Services at the Diocesan Cathedral for the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of St. John’s Glorification with the Council of Bishops of our Church.
Schedule of Divine Services for the Celebration:
Friday June 27th
- 5:00 pm Vespers & Matins,
- 7:00 pm St. John's Honorable Relics will be transferred to the middle of the cathedral and an Akathist to St. John will be chanted before them.
Saturday June 28th
- 4:30 pm Greeting of the “Kursk-Root” Icon of the Mother of God
- 4:45 pm "Episcopal Nomination" of Archimandrite Nicholas (Olhovsky)
- 5:30 pm All-night Vigil11:00 pmLesser Blessing of the Waters
Sunday June 29th
- 12:00 am Midnight Divine Liturgy
- 8:30 am Third and Sixth Hours
- 8:45 am Greeting of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
- 9:00 am “Confession of Faith” and Divine Liturgy
- 3:00 pm Banquet