St. John of Chicago
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 - 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:
John Kochurov's birth in Russia in 1871, son of a country priest
Young John attending the Theological Academy in St. Petersburg
With his friend, John Hotovitsky, he aspired to missionary work
John's ordination to the priesthood for the American mission
Fr. John as pastor in Wisconsin and Illinois cared for his flock
Through his sermons, he taught his flock, encouraged by his wife and children.
Under Fr. John's direction, Holy Trinity Cathedral was built in Chicago in 1900. It was designed by the famous architect, John Sullivan.
The Cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Tikhon
Fr. John undertook the religious education of young church members
Throughout America, he worked tirelessly to return Greek Catholics (Uniates) to their forefathers' Orthodox faith
Shortly before the revolution in Russia, he returned to his troubled homeland and offered prayers for the salvation of Russia
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.
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