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St. Innocent Apostle to America

An icon of St. Innocent Apostle to America.

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. Innocent Apostle to America.

The Icon

Feast Days - October 6 (glorification) & March 31 (repose)

Born John Veniaminov, this married priest was summoned to minister in North America in 1824. During the 10-year period until 1834, Father John translated the Gospel of St. Matthew, and parts of the Divine Liturgy and Catechism into Aleut, the language of the natives. He created an alphabet based on the Cyrillic letters and wrote a dictionary. Following his wife’s death in 1839, he was tonsured a monk, took the name Innocent and was consecrated the first Bishop of America. He spent the next 22 years as a missionary until, nearly blind, he returned to St. Petersburg. In 1867, he was elected Metropolitan of Moscow and this is how he is depicted in the icon: with the white kamilavka (head dress), episcopal robes and the Gospel he proclaimed. The scroll he carries reads: "As far as I could, I have shown you the way into the Kingdom of Heaven." The Holy Synod of the Church of Russia formally proclaimed him "St. Innocent of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to America" in 1977.

Scene from All American Council 2005.

Relic box of St. Innocent.

Troparion in tone 3

Radiant light of the church,
You illumined the earth by your deeds.
Those who drew near to you in faith, you healed and so glorified God.
Therefore, O holy Father Innocent, we beseech you,
Encompass this land with your prayers,
And protect us from all harm and misdeed.

Kontakion in tone 2

The Trinity delights in you
O Holy Bishop Innocent.
You are divine thunder, a spiritual trumpet,
A planter of the faith and destroyer of heresies.
As you ever stand with the angels,
Entreat without ceasing for us all!

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