Clergy Synaxis and Feast of Saint John of San Francisco 2016

On Saturday, July 2nd, on the 50th Anniversary of the repose of Saint John Maximovich, Archbishop of San Francisco and Shanghai, five hierarchs concelebrated with 25 priests and 10 deacons at the Monastery of Saint John.

It was truly a blessing for the monastery, the clergy, and all the faithful who gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Saint and the official opening of the Monastery in Cobleskill, NY. Everyone agreed that this was a momentous event for our Church. Clergy and faithful came from all over the U.S., Canada, Romania, and Greece to honor the Saint.

Many blessing were bestowed upon the faithful. Metropolitan Demetrius wore the vestments of Saint John during the Divine Liturgy for the Feast. Also, everyone was able to venerate and receive myrrh from the myrrh streaming icon of Saint Nicholas.

The festivities began on Wednesday prior, as the clergy gathered to hold a Synaxis at Mountain View Monastery in Schoharie, NY.

May Saint John and Saint Nicholas intercede for our Church in America!

Report of the clergy synaxis may be found here.

Photos of the clergy synaxis may be found here.

Photos of the feast day may be found here and here.

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