Posted by: anna | July 3, 2010

St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco

The icon image comes from the Monastery of St John of San Francisco
Today (20 June) I also want to join in the commemoration of St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966), a saint who is perhaps better known to us than St Edburga! Our own dear Fr Deacon Matthew (Steenberg), now Fr Irenei, is now at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Joy of all who Sorrow in San Francisco where St John’s relics are. He has a regular podcast, A Word From the Holy Fathers, on Ancient Faith Radio and is the author and moderator of, among many other things! There are many lives of St John and I have linked to several below. What strikes me about his life is that the apparent contrast between his private ascetic life and his social and public life as a pastor, spiritual father and hierarch must in fact have fed each other. There is much more to say about that but I am more interested in finding out what he said about it.
This feast is timely – St John reposed in Seattle in the presence of the Kursk Root icon, which was so recently here in Oxford. I did not know that then!
St John of San Francisco Academy where Fr Irenei is principal
– a parish named for St John in Atlanta, Georgia, has a page about the history of icons of St John and also an akathist to him
Troparion to St. John in Tone 5

Lo, Thy care for thy flock in its sojourn / prefigured the supplication 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 to the suffering, O most gladsome Healer, // Hasten now also to the aid of us who honor thee with all our heart.

Holy St John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, pray to God for us.


  1. I love St. John! I was at a Greek monastery for his feast day and there was a beautiful Icon of him on the iconostasis (set there for that day under the icon of Christ) and it was really quite wonderful…

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