As you start the new week, a note on a special commemoration that the Church keeps today, which is relevant to all Russian Orthodox living in the United States. Today we commemorate St John Kochurov, who came to the USA in the 1890s as a missionary priest from Carpatho-Russia. He served for many years in these lands (largely in the Midwest, and the Chicago area in particular, helping to found a cathedral there), before being returned to Russia in 1907, and then being transferred to Tsarskoe Selo, outside St Petersburg, just before the revolution in 1916.
On today's date in 1917, the Bolsheviks entered Tsarskoe Selo, and among their first acts was the arrest of St John. He was taken into the streets outside the city and shot -- becoming the first priestly martyr (the protohieromartyr) of the Bolshevik yoke.
He was glorified in 1994 by the Moscow Patriarchate, as 'the first of the new martyrs of the 20th century'.
May we have his prayers and blessing!
INXC, Fr Irenei