Pskov, February 7, 2019
The memory of Archimandrite John (Krestiankin), the great elder of the Pskov Caves Monastery who labored under communist oppression, was celebrated at the monastery on Tuesday, February 5, the 13th anniversary of his repose.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated that day by His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhov in the Church of the Meeting of the Lord in the Holy Dormition-Pskov Caves Monastery, reports the site of the Pskov Metropolia.
Met. Tikhon was assisted by clergy from the monastery and the Pskov region and other guests.
Following the Divine Liturgy, a memorial litia was celebrated for the repose of the soul of Archimandrite John, after which Met. Tikhon addressed the faithful with a sermon, recalling his soul-profiting encounters with Fr. John when he was a monk of the Pskov Caves:
During his youth, then adulthood, and even, I’m not afraid to say, his elderly bodily frailty and infirmity, we would go to him and would always receive the purest spiritual fruits of his salvific advice and fervent prayers, which Batiushka brought to us, as he loved to say, “from his whole soul and his whole heart.” Whether he was sick or healthy, tired after a long day, day after day continuing to receive hundreds of people, or full of strength after a small prayer break, Fr. John was transformed when he heard the voice of God proclaiming to him that he had to saturate and strengthen people by his fruits, his spiritual life, and to strengthen, support, and comfort those suffering people who came to him.
Another litia was then served at the elder’s grave.
See a full photo report of the event here.
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