St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Beatitude Verses: Hierarch: 4 from Ode 3; 4 from Ode 6.


1 & 2.  We celebrate thy memory with gladness, O our archpastor and guide; and we venerate thy precious and incorrupt relics, asking thy supplications.


3.  Thou didst assume the image of an angel, and, clad in the full armor of God, didst array thyself against the spirits of wickedness in high places, vanquishing them.


4.  Thou didst not give sufficient sleep to thine eyes, nor didst thou lie upon a bed to take thy rest, imitating the fathers of old, O ascetic.


5.  Come, let us praise him who raised up a temple to the Theotokos, and who was himself a joy for all the sorrowful and a temple of the Holy Spirit.


6.  Thou didst hasten to the homes of the suffering and to those lying ill in hospitals, of whom the Lord informed thee, that thou mightest administer to them His all-pure Mysteries.


7.  Thou wast revealed as a mediator of health for sick children, O holy John, transforming the sorrow of their parents’ souls into joy, and wast shown to be a much desired helper for those of all ages.


8.  We were deprived of an Orthodox homeland, O Mistress, when the waves of God’s wrath passed over us, for we had become maintainers of vain and false things; but when our souls could stand no more, we remembered the Lord, that through thee our supplications and hymnody might reach Him.


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 5: 

Lo, thy care for thy flock in its sojourn prefigured the supplications /

which thou dost ever offer up for the whole world.  /

Thus do we believe, having come to know thy love, /

O holy hierarch and wonderworker John.  /

Wholly sanctified by God through the ministry of the all-pure Mysteries, /

and thyself ever strengthened thereby, /

thou didst hasten unto the suffering, O most gladsome healer. /

Hasten now also to the aid of us //

who honor thee with all our heart.


Glory… Tone 4: Following Christ, the Chief Shepherd, /

thou wast shown to be most excellent among hierarchs; /

for thou didst save thy sheep from destruction by the godless, /

arranging a tranquil refuge for them; /

and exercising unceasing care for thy flock, /

thou didst heal the infirmities of their souls and bodies./ 

Entreat Christ God now for us who fall down before thy precious relics, /

O father John, //

that our souls may be saved in peace.


Both now... Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

 thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


The Epistle


Reader:  The Prokimenon in the 1st Tone: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Choir:  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Reader:  Hear this, all ye nations; give ear, all ye that inhabit the world.

Choir:  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Reader:  My mouth shall speak wisdom.

Choir:  And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews:

[Hebrews 7:26-8:2]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone:

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be tripped.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 10:9-16]


Communion Verse:  In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be, he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


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