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The holy, glorious and right-victorious [[Great-martyr ]] '''John the New of Suceava''', '''(Romanian: ''Sf. Mare Mucenic Ioan cel Nou de la Suceava'''''), was born in Trebizond in Asia Minor in about 1300 to devout Orthodox parents. His father was a merchant and John followed in his footsteps. On a trading trip to Cetatea Albă, then part Romanian saint of Moldova but now Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy in the Ukraine, he got to know a Venetian merchant named Reiz whilst they were sailing 14th century. His [[feast day]]s are celebrated on the Black Sea. They dicussed the faith many times [[June 2]] and, seeing that John always defeated his arguments, the Venetian decided to take revenge[[June 24]].
On arriving ==Life==St. John was born in Trebizond in Asia Minor in Cetatea Albă, Reiz spread about 1300 to devout Orthodox parents. His father was a rumour that merchant and John, despite being raised Christian, was interested followed in the Muslim faithhis footsteps. On a trading trip to Cetatea Albă at that time had been conquered by Muslim Tartars, and when their ruler heard then part of Moldova but now Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy in the rumour he called for John. He was taken before the ruler and asked if it was true that Ukraine, he wished got to deny the Christian faith and become know a Muslim. He responded that he would never give up his faith in Venetian merchant named Reiz whilst they were sailing on the True God in order to worship created things or the inventions of menBlack Sea. This response offended They discussed the Tartar rulerfaith many times and, who ordered seeing that John to renounce always defeated his faith on pain of torture. He refused to do soarguments, enduring many beatings, and was eventually martyred by being dragged behind a horse through the streets of the city before having his head struck off by a 'fanatical Jew'. The year was 1330 and John was only about 30 years oldVenetian decided to take revenge.
On hearing of his deatharriving in Cetatea Albă, Reiz resolved to dig up the body of the martyr and steal it as spread a further act of revengerumor that John, despite being raised Christian, but the Orthodox priest was interested in the city Muslim faith. Cetatea Albă at that time had a dream in which been conquered by Muslim Tartars, and when their ruler heard the rumor he called for John who informed him of this crime . He was taken before the ruler and asked him if it was true that he wished to bring deny the Christian faith and become a Muslim. He responded that he would never give up his body faith in the true God in order to worship created things or the Orthodox Churchinventions of men. This was response offended the first miracle Tartar ruler, who ordered John to renounce his faith on pain of the great martyrtorture. For years his relics were kept in Cetatea AlbăHe refused to do so, enduring many beatings, where they became famous for healings and other miracles, but was eventually Prince ('''''Voievod''''') Alexander martyred by being dragged behind a horse through the Good ('''''Alexandru cel Bun''''') heard streets of the martyr's relics and, at the urging of Metropolitan Joseph ('''''Iosif'''city before having his head struck off by a 'fanatical Jew') Muşat of Moldova, arranged to have them brought to his capital, Suceava, on [[June 24]] 1402. The year was 1330 and John's incorrupt relics have been kept at the monastery bearing his name in that city until the presentwas only about 30 years old.
Saint On hearing of his death, Reiz resolved to dig up the body of the martyr and steal it as a further act of revenge, but the Orthodox [[priest]] in the city had a dream in which John who informed him of this crime and asked him to bring his body to the Orthodox Church. This was the first [[miracle]] of the great martyr. For years his [[relics]] were kept in Cetatea Albă, where they became famous for healings and other miracles, but eventually Prince (''Voievod'') Alexander the Good (''Alexandru cel Bun'') heard of the martyr's relics and, at the urging of [[Metropolitan]] Joseph (''Iosif'') Muşat of Moldova, arranged to have them brought to his capital, Suceava, on [[June 24]], 1402. John's incorrupt relics have been kept at the monastery bearing his name in that city until the present.  St. John the New is one of the most [[veneration|venerated ]] saints in Moldova, and many miracles are associated with his relics. His feast days are on  ==External links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101582 New Martyr John the New of Sochi, who suffered at Belgrade] ([[June 2OCA]] and )*[[June 24]http://www.ukrainian-orthodoxy.org/saints/beauty/stjohnofsuchava.php St. John the New Martyr of Suchava]
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