Feast Day: November 12th
The Life of Saint John the Merciful: At the beginning of his Patriarchal service he ordered his stewards to compile a list of all the poor and downtrodden in Alexandria, which turned out to be over seven thousand men. The Saint ordered that all of these unfortunates be provided for each day out of the Church’s treasury…
Apolytikion: In patiently enduring, you obtained your reward, O Venerable Father. You persevered in your Prayers without ceasing; and you loved the impoverished and you satisfied them. We entreat you, intercede with Christ God, O Blessed John the Merciful, for the Salvation of our Souls.
Kontakion: Thy riches and wealth didst thou disperse unto the poor; thou now hast received the Heavens’ riches in return. For this cause, O all-wise John, we all honour thee with our songs of praise as we keep thy memorial, O namesake of almsgiving and of mercy.