Feast of St John

On the day of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the glorification of St. John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco, the Wonderworker, believers in the Philippines prayerfully honored the memory of the saint. A Divine Liturgy was held at the parish of St. John of Shanghai in the village of Kiamba, Sarangani, and a prayer service was held at the Holy Resurrection Parish in the city of General Santos. Orthodox Filipinos have a special and reverent attitude towards St. John – the saint, along with Russian refugees, was in the Philippines from 1949 to 1951 on the island of Tubabao. This was an event of exceptional importance in the spiritual life of the camp and the subsequent establishment of the Orthodox Mission in these lands.