Pskov Diocese begins process of canonization of Elder John (Krestiankin)

Pskov, Russia, February 8, 2021

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On Friday, February 5, the Pskov Caves Monastery honored the memory of the great 20th-century elder Archimandrite John (Krestiankin), who reposed 15 years ago on the Sunday of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church.

In honor of the occasion, His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov an Porkhov, who was himself a disciple of Elder John, announced that the Pskov Diocese and the monastery are beginning to prepare materials, documents, and testimonies about Fr. John “who endured bonds, tortures, and torments for faith in Christ, as a truly great confessor and elder,” reports the monastery’s press service.

As Met. Tikhon notes, many of those who knew Fr. John are themselves passing on, thus it is time to begin collecting testimonies about his miraculous intercessions and teachings.

“This is the legacy that we are called to present to ours and future generations. To those whom God will grant, they will arrange and perform the glorification of Fr. John, who is among the saints. We pray for this, we entreat it from the Lord, and we leave our hopes and prayers with the all-good and all-perfect will of God,” said Met. Tikhon.

Anyone with testimonies about Elder John to share are asked to send them to

All correspondence received will be examined, selected, published, and sent for examination by the Commission for the Canonization of Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“Lord Jesus Christ, through the prayers of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church and the saints of the Pskov Caves, bless our undertaking and our labors!” the Metropolitan concludes.

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Julia2/10/2021 5:26 pm
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