All Saints of North America

July 8th, 2013

Here is the Matins Canon for the Feast of All Saints of North America (to read all the texts from Vespers and Matins click here):

Come, all Orthodox believers, and let us praise in song the Saints of our Church in America, and let us glorify Christ who has glorified them.

Come, let us with one accord sing hymns of praise to all the Saints who have shone forth in virtue throughout our land, spiritually nourishing the Church on the North American continent. 

Come, all Orthodox believers, let us praise the wonderworker Herman, and the holy martyrs Juvenal and Peter, and all who labored in the Alaskan vineyard of Christ — these Northern Lights of the American Church and ever-shining beacons of piety.

Come, all you who love the saints, let us remember our instructors in the Faith: the holy bishops Innocent and Tikhon, and the righteous priest Alexis, for by their teachings they have freed us from the bonds of ignorance.

Accept our songs of thanksgiving, O Virgin, Full of grace, and deliver us from all tribulation, evil and distress, for we place our hope in you as the mighty protectress of the Orthodox Church in the New World.

Rejoice, land of Alaska, for the Orthodox Faith has been planted in you and now bears the fruit of salvation throughout North America.

Let us praise in sacred hymns our Father Herman of Alaska, who has bestowed his blessing upon the New World and has left us his holy relics as a source of healing for many who honor his memory.

Iliamna and Kenai rejoice, and all America is filled with gladness as we trust in the power of your intercession, O holy martyrs Juvenal and Peter.

We entreat you to intercede for your people, Hieromartyr Juvenal and youth Peter, whose struggle for the Faith included the shedding of your blood. Teach us to confess with boldness the Orthodox Faith and to have no fear of the enemy.

Grant us the help of your prayers, Most holy Lady, for our enemies have overwhelmed us. But through you,  All pure One, can we be delivered. Intercede with Your Son that we may be saved.

The Saints are as the beautiful and fruitful trees of Eden, putting forth the fragrant flowers of their doctrines and the fruit of their labors. By them our souls are nourished and our spiritual hunger satisfied. Come, therefore, let us run to the protection of their guidance and bless them as the joy and adornment of our land, and as the image and example of our lives, for they have received incorruptible crowns from the Pre-eternal God.

Along with your monastic brethren, you traveled to Alaska to spread the word of the Word. Immediately upon your arrival, O Hieromartyr Juvenal, you zealously began your apostolic mission among the native peoples.

Having proclaimed the Orthodox Faith to the heathen, you have taken up your abode in the eternal mansions, O martyrs Juvenal and Peter. Standing now before the King of Kings, you pray for us who honor your holy memory.

Holy Father Herman, by deed and word you taught us to love God above all else and to do His holy will. Pray that we may heed your wise counsel.

O Father Herman of Alaska, be an intercessor for our land for you have taught us to confess the Orthodox Faith with Boldness and without fear of the threats of the adversary.

The holy mountain of Athos is illumined by your images, O blessed Theotokos, and the cities of America are likewise adorned and sanctified, receiving from you miraculous aid and finding in you a source of consolation. Open to us also, O Lady, the doors of paradise.

Let the holy enlighteners of North America, Innocent and Tikhon be praised in sacred hymns, along with the divinely-wise Archpastor Nicholas of Zhicha, and our Father and Teacher Alexis, for they are all sacred vessels of the Spirit.”

Although your sojourn in the New World was short, you accomplished much, for you baptized many in the name of the Triune God. Yet, O Hieromartyr Juvenal, your apostolic ministry and your earthly life were cut short by the hands of those whom you sought to lead to Christ’s heavenly Kingdom.

By the weapon of your prayers, O holy martyrs Juvenal and Peter, defend our land and its Orthodox people from all calamity and sorrow.

Shine like a star in heaven, Holy Father Herman, North Star of Christ’s Church, and guide us toward the Master and His heavenly Kingdom.

Christ has shone forth from you, O virgin, to enlighten those in darkness and to reconcile God and man.

We praise you, O Holy Hierarch Innocent, for like the Apostles to the Slavs, Cyril and Methodius, you left your homeland to journey to a foreign land. Following their example, you enlightened your new people by translating the Holy Scriptures into their own language.

O Holy Hierarch Tikhon, you provided for the spiritual well-being of the Church in the New World by establishing the monastic tradition. Through your prayers, may the monastery you founded in the mountains of Pennsylvania, named after your heavenly patron, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, be a haven for many who give all in their love of Christ.

O Holy Hierarch Nicholas, you inspired spiritual renewal in your native land. The Lord led you to the shores of America, where you continued your apostolic ministry, instructing in theology and preaching the beauty of the Kingdom of God.

We beseech you, O Bishops of Christ, Innocent, Tikhon and Nicholas, to dissipate the soul-destroying tempests that assail us. Through your prayers, O holy hierarchs, may we be granted spiritual tranquillity.

As you have continually interceded for our land, at the prayers of the North American Saints, look upon us now, O Most pure Theotokos, and, as the hope of the hopeless and helper of those in distress, grant us a sign of your compassion, O Lady.

Knowing that the Lord guides a man safely in the way that he should go, you left your comfortable life in Irkutsk, O Holy Hierarch Innocent, to live a rigorous one in Unalaska among the Aleuts in order to spread the Gospel of Christ.

Though your years were few in number, O Holy Martyr Peter, your wisdom was great, for you wisely chose to endure the tortures of those ungodly men who insisted you renounce your Faith. Intercede with Christ our God that we too may endure all assaults against us.

Abhorring the exploitation of the Alaskan lands and its people, you sought to protect them for you had made them your own, Holy Father Herman. You unceasingly interceded before God and the civil authorities on their behalf. Now, as then, intercede before the Lord on our behalf.

Having you as our sure anchor of hope and immovable rampart, O Holy Father Herman of Alaska, we are delivered from the hostile assaults of the enemy by your powerful intercession before the throne of God.

By your all-honorable Icon in Sitka, which we have received as a divine gift from on high, O Theotokos, may we ever increase in love for your Son and our God, and may we be delivered from every hostile assault of the enemy.

Through your prayers to the All-merciful Lord, O holy Hierarchs Innocent, Tikhon and Nicholas, may we be delivered from the tempestuous passions that assail us, and may we always cry: Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord.

As archpastor of your North American flock, you led the procession to the site where the monastery dedicated to the memory of your heavenly patron now stands. O holy Hierarch Tikhon, we the faithful give thanks to you and joyfully accept this gift to us as we cry: Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord.

as the three youths chose to defy the tyrant, you, O holy Martyr Peter, chose physical death over the spiritual death of apostasy. Pray that we also may give ourselves fully to the Lord as we cry: Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord.

O holy Father Herman, glory of Alaska and all America, cease not to pray for us who cry: Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord.

Just as the three youths were not consumed by the flames, you were not consumed by the Divine Fire which dwelt in your virginal womb. Therefore, O Theotokos, we exalt you throughout all ages.

Rejoice, O Saints of the New World, both revealed and hidden, known and unrecognized, who have been glorified by the Lord, entreat Him to grant us consolation in sorrow, and to confirm our land in piety and our people in the Orthodox Faith, and accept as our humble gift this hymn of praise and thanksgiving.

Rejoice, O Saints of the New World on this day of your holy feast, for as flowers you have adorned the True Vine which has budded forth in our land.

Rejoice, Saints of the New World, all of you who have reached the heavenly Zion and now stand before the throne of the King of Glory; intercede with our merciful God to grant unity to the Church so that with one mind and voice we may unceasingly witness to the Truth and praise the consubstantial Trinity.

Most holy Trinity, accept the American Church which has been offered to You as choice incense. Through the prayers of those who have served and pleased You, confirm this land in peace and preserve her people from all assaults of the enemy.

We on earth together with the heavenly hosts magnify your Son and our God, O Theotokos, and we glorify you as the Protectress of the Church in America.