Saint John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Feast Day: November 12th


The Life of Saint John: 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…

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Prayers

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.

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Quotes by Saint John the Merciful

I thank You, my Lord and God, for you made me worthy to give back the gifts which You gave me.

I warn you, my children, not to be so ready to mock at, or judge, the acts of other people. For we have often seen the sin of the fornicator, but his repentance, which he made in secret, we did not see, and we may have seen somebody steal, but we know nothing of the groanings and tears which he has offered to God. We still think of him as we say him, a thief, a fornicator or a perjuror, but in the sight of God his secret repentance and confession have been accepted, and in His eyes he in honourable.