Our Holy Father John the Longsuffering.

Commemorated July 18 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

An anchorite in the Caves of St Antony in Kiev, he was tormented for thirty years by a spirit of carnality, against which he struggled incessantly until he overcame it with the help of God and by touching the relics of St Moses the Ugrian (see July 26th). Conquering this foul passion, St John was bathed inwardly with heavenly light, by which he was enabled to see as clearly at night as in the daytime.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK





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