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St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre

An icon of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre.

The Icon

This icon was done by iconographer, Cheryl Pituch and is part of St. Lukes new set of Icons of the Saints of America.

An icon of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre.

The Icon

Feast Day - May 7th

Fr. Alexis is shown in his priestly robes in red as a confessor and defender of the Orthodox Faith. In his hand he holds an unrolled scroll with the Synodicon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

PROCLAMATION OF THE SYNODICON OF ORTHODOXY:

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ has awarded, let us declare, let us assert, let us preach in like manner Christ our true God and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in deeds, in churches, in holy icons -- worshiping Him as God and Lord and honoring them as His true servants of the master of all, and offering to them due veneration.

This is the Faith of the Apostles! This is the Faith of the Fathers! This is the Faith of the Orthodox! This is the Faith, which has established the Universe!

Surrounding the Icon are small icons with events from his life: His birth to pious Eastern Rite Catholic parents. Studying for the priesthood. Rector of an Eastern Rite Seminary. His arrival in America. Visit with Bishop Vladimir in San Francisco. Reception into the Orthodox Church. His pastoral activities among the sick. Receiving thousands of Eastern Rite Catholics into the Orthodox Church. His sermons and articles on the American Orthodox Mission. His Transfer to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Visit with Saint Tikhon. His falling asleep and his canonization.

Troparion in tone 4

O righteous Father Alexis,
Our heavenly intercessor and teacher,
Divine adornment of the Church of Christ,
Entreat the Master of All
To strenghten the Orthodox Faith in America,
To grant peace to the world
And to our souls, great mercy!

Kontakion in tone 5

Let us, the faithful, praise the Priest Alexis,
A bright beacon of Orthodoxy in America,
A model of patience and humility,
A worthy shepherd of the Flock of Christ.
He called back the sheep who had been led astray
And brought them by his preaching
To the Heavenly Kingdom!

To view the Life of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, please click here