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St. John of Chicago

An icon of St. John of Chicago.

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. John of Chicago.

The Icon

Feast Days - Glorification Date: December 3-4, 1994 - Commemoration Date: October 31 (repose).

The icon of Father John Kochurov of Chicago shows the saint in the center in priestly vestments. Surrounding him are smaller icons depicting important events in his life. From the upper left-hand corner, they are:

  1. John Kochurov's birth in Russia in 1871, son of a country priest
  2. Young John attending the Theological Academy in St. Petersburg
  3. With his friend, John Hotovitsky, he aspired to missionary work
  4. John's ordination to the priesthood for the American mission
  5. Fr. John as pastor in Wisconsin and Illinois cared for his flock
  6. Through his sermons, he taught his flock, encouraged by his wife and children.
  7. Under Fr. John's direction, Holy Trinity Cathedral was built in Chicago in 1900. It was designed by the famous architect, John Sullivan.
  8. The Cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Tikhon
  9. Fr. John undertook the religious education of young church members
  10. Throughout America, he worked tirelessly to return Greek Catholics (Uniates) to their forefathers' Orthodox faith
  11. Shortly before the revolution in Russia, he returned to his troubled homeland and offered prayers for the salvation of Russia
  12. On October 31st, 1917, he was shot to death by the Godless Bolshevik forces and became the first martyr among clergy in Russia.

Troparion in tone 1

Aflame with love of God,
You gave your life as a martyr for Christ and neighbor.
For this you received a crown of righteousness from Him.
O Hieromartyr John,
Entreat the most Merciful God
To preserve the Holy Church in peace and to save our souls.

Kontakion in tone 8

As you zealously fulfilled your pastoral service,
You brought your soul to God as a well-pleasing sacrifice, O Father John.
Entreat Christ God to grant peace to the world
And great mercy to our souls.

For information concerning the life of St. John of Chicago please click here