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Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco

   
Translated from the Russian
Compiled by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov

“The time has come to especially invoke the prayerful aid of Archbishop John, that these days dedicated to his memory might be spent in a worthy manner. This book is being published on the occasion of the silver, i.e., the twenty-fifth anniversary of the repose of our ever-memorable Vladika John. The Lord granted the compiler of this book the joy of gathering revealing materials, which have been arranged into four sections. The book does not pretend to exhaust its subject. An effort was made to avoid duplicating what was printed soon after Vladika’s repose, although the section of reminiscences concludes with Metropolitan Philaret’s well-known eulogy which he gave at Vladika’s funeral. This section tells about Vladika’s faith as witnessed by his deeds, about his ready accessibility, his lack of self-interest, his unremitting spiritual struggles. The section of testimonies concerning his prayerful intercession vividly explains why it is that people’s hearts are so drawn to Vladika John, and why he and his power of prayer have become so widely known—everywhere help is needed! The third section contains some of his sermons. Although not long, it wonderfully conveys the inspiration of an Orthodox hierarch[...]. The fourth section is comprised primarily of a number of decrees issued by Vladika John, reflecting his strictness, particularly regarding the clergy.”
—“INTRODUCTION TO THE RUSSIAN EDITION”

CONTENTS

Publisher’s Preface
Chronology
Introduction to the Russian Edition — Archbishop Anthony
PART I — REMINISCENCES
   The Consecration of Archbishop John — Archbishop Nikon
   My Meetings with Vladika John — Yuri Khrushchev
   “Now That Is a Bishop!” — Archimandrite Ambrose
   Examples of Sanctity and Piety — P. Kovalevsky
   A Remarkable Student — N. and M. Zernov
   Remembering the Archpastor-Ascetic — Bishop Mitrofan Znosko-Borovsky
   Shanghai Acolyte — Archpriest George Larin
   A Righteous Man of the 20th Century — Archpriest Valery Lukianov
   Recollections About Vladika John — E. G. Chertkova
   To the Glory of God and His Saints — Abbess Elizabeth
   With Vladika Through the Years — T. Kennedy (Urusova)
   From Shanghai to San Francisco — Protopresbyter Elias Wen
   Remembering Vladika John — Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
   Vladika John Knew the Serbian Character — Bishop Daniel
   With Vladika John in France — M. Skachkovsky
   With Vladika at Christmastime — Reader Vladimir Krassovsky
   Vladika Had an Incredible Memory — Princess Vera Konstantinovna
   Eulogy Before the Memorial Service — Metropolitan Philaret
PART II — TESTIMONIES CONCERNING ARCHBISHOP JOHN’S POWER OF PRAYER
PART III — SERMONS AND HOMILIES
   Before Lent
   A Word Before a Memorial Service for the Tsar-Martyr
   The Exaltation of the Cross
   The Glorification of God-pleasers
   Come, O Ye People, Let Us Worship
   I Believe in the Resurection of the Dead...
   In the Beginning Was the Word...
   An Instructive Lesson for Youth
   A Word on Repentance
   A Brief Sermon on the Day of the Holy Spirit
   Sermon on the Sunday of Orthodoxy
   Concerning Talents and Iconography
   A Sermon on the Day of Theophany
   The Church as the Body of Christ
   Homily on the Two Banquets
   A Talk on the Dread Judgment
   Zacchaeus
   Why the Wise Thief Was Pardoned
   Russia
   The Sin of Regicide
   The Spiritual Condition of the Russian People in the Diaspora
   950-Year Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’
PART IV — DECREES AND EXHORTATIONS ISSUED BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN
APPENDIX
   Troparion to the Saint
   Report of the Examination of the Saint’s Holy Remains
Glossary
Acknowledgements
ILLUSTRATIONS
   Bishop of Shanghai, 1938; Shanghai cathedral, Surety of Sinners; a popular photo of Vladika John; in France, 1950s; giving a sermon in the Synodal Cathedral of the Mother of God “Of the Sign” in New York; Vladika John; “With the saints give rest...”; Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco.

Item Number: BKNO443
Publication Data: Richfield Springs, NY: Nikodemos Orthodox Publication Society, 2015
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 256
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.3 cm × 13.8 cm × 1.9 cm
Additional Information: full-color and black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 978‒1‒879066‒06‒9

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