On November 25, the Church honors the memory of Patriarch John the Merciful of Alexandria

On November 25, the Church honors the memory of Patriarch John the Merciful of Alexandria


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On November 25, the Orthodox Church celebrates the day of memory of the Patriarch of Alexandria – John V the Merciful, who received such fame among the people for his good deeds.

According to the life of the saint, he was distinguished by asceticism all his life. After counting all the beggars in Alexandria, he distributed his property to them.

“Every day, the suffering received food free of charge, and twice a week, anyone could communicate with the patriarch himself and accept alms and food from his hands. Three times a week, John worked in hospitals and helped patients, ”writes about the patriarch “Public News Service”.

He spent his whole life in prayers and strict fasts, helped the poor and redeemed the captives, he was distinguished by modesty and meekness. Thanks to such a righteous way of life, Saint John was known far beyond the borders of Alexandria.

After the Persians invaded Egypt, they began to pose a threat to Alexandria, and then its inhabitants began to leave in all directions. Saint John went to Constantinople for help, to ask for troops to be sent to Alexandria, but he failed to return – the saint died before reaching his native city of Amafunt.

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