Antiochian Metropolitan visits ROCOR cathedral, venerates relics of St. John (Maximovitch)

San Francisco, February 22, 2024

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The Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America recently paid a visit to the ROCOR cathedral in San Francisco, where he had the blessing of venerating the relics of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco.

On Saturday, February 17, His Eminence Metropolitan Saba, who was enthroned as primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese less than a year ago, visited the Holy Virgin Cathedral-Joy of All Who Sorrow of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, where he venerated the incorrupt relics of St. John and offered a supplicatory prayer, the Archdiocese reports.

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The cathedral dean Archpriest Peter Perekrestov welcomed Met. Saba and presented him with an icon of St. John, saying: ““Whenever you enter this beautiful church, remember that your souls should be more beautiful. Our souls become beautiful when we keep the commandments of God and purify ourselves.”

The wonderworking and myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, another sacred treasure of ROCOR, was present at the Antiochian Archdiocesan Convention in Phoenix in July of last year.

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