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St John the Soldier

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  • byakimov@csc.com.au
    On August 12th (July 30th by the old calendar) the Church commemorates the holy martyr John the soldier. St. John, of Slavic origin, served in the military
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      On August 12th (July 30th by the old calendar) the Church commemorates the
      holy martyr John the soldier.

      St. John, of Slavic origin, served in the military under the reign of
      Emperor Julian the Apostate, and was sent together with other soldiers to
      kill Christians. Julian, the nephew of Emperor Constantine the Great,
      reigned from 361 to 363 A.D. He was called an apostate because though born
      a Christian, he renounced Christianity upon stepping onto the throne and
      became a zealous pagan. Wishing to weaken Christianity and revive the dying
      paganism in the Roman Empire, he first used cunning measures against the
      Christians, but afterwards turned to more violent means, although without
      actually initiating widespread persecution.


      St. John, although seemingly executing the ignoble task given him by the
      Emperor, in reality secretly provided a great a deal of help to Christians.
      Being a Christian himself, he concealed his fellow-believers, aided them
      with money, food and clothes, while as to those who were thrown into
      prison, ? he visited them and comforted them with words of love, compassion
      and encouragement.

      The holy martyr John the soldier
      Upon discovering this, Julian ordered St. John to be brought to
      Constantinople, in order to be tried and executed. The saint was tortured
      at great length, but could not be broken, and finally he was thrown into
      prison, where he remained until the death of Julian the Apostate. Regaining
      his freedom, St. John continued to lead a righteous life to a ripe old age,
      spending time in prayer and fasting, visiting the sick and comforting the
      suffering. Thus he adorned his life and spiritually perfected himself.
      After living such a virtuous life, he departed for the kingdom of Christ
      and was buried in Constantinople among other strangers. After his death St.
      John wrought many miracles. St. John is an intercessor before the throne of
      God for all who are imprisoned, and he also uncovers thieves and helps find
      lost and stolen property.




      Prayer to the holy martyr John the soldier

      O mighty intercessor and saint of Christ, John the warrior! Have mercy upon
      thy servant who suffers misfortunes, affliction, and all manner of
      adversity. Save him from all evil and protect him from offenders, for thou
      hast been granted such grace from God. Amen
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