St. Innocent Apostle to America
This icon was done by iconographer, Cheryl Pituch and is part of St. Lukes new set of Icons of the Saints of America.
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.
Relic box of St. Innocent.
Troparion in tone 3
Radiant light of the church,
Kontakion in tone 2
The Trinity delights in you
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