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St. Innocent of Alaska

Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian islands
Enlightener of America

Usually in our sorrows and griefs, instead of entering
more deeply into ourselves, we seek distraction in worldly occupations or amusements; and instead of receiving these visitations of God as a great cure and making use of them for the good of our soul, we seek deliverance from them, and sometimes even murmur and lose patience.

“To deny oneself means: to give up one’s bad habits, to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad desires and thoughts; to quench and suppress bad thoughts; to avoid occasions of sin; not to do or desire anything from self-love, but to do everything out of love for God.”

– St. Innocent of Alaska, Indications of the Way of the Kingdom of Heaven

Life

Writings

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven (1833)

Note: This book was first written in Aleut in 1833. and later translated into Russian, and between 1839 and 1855 it was published in forty-six editions.

Hymns

Troparion — Tone 4

O Holy Father Innocent / in obedience to the will of God / you accepted dangers and tribulations / bringing many peoples to the knowledge of truth. / You showed us the way, / now by your prayers help lead us into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Troparion — Tone 4

You evangelized the northern people of America and Asia, / proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the natives in their own tongues. / Holy Hierarch Father Innocent, / enlightener of Alaska and all America, / your ways were ordered by the Lord! / Pray to Him for the salvation of our souls in His heavenly Kingdom!

Kontakion — Tone 2

A true celebration of the providence and grace of God / is your life, O Holy Father Innocent, Apostle to our land. / In hardships and dangers you toiled for the Gospel’s sake / and God delivered and preserved you unharmed. / From obscurity He highly exalted you as an example / that the Lord truly guides a man in the way he should go

Great Vespers commemorating St. Innocent

Feast Day(s)

October 6th

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