[[image:Johnkronstadt.jpg|thumb|right|An icon of St. John of Kronstadt]] Our righteous father '''John of Kronstadt''' ([[October 19]], 1829 in Sura
- [[December 20]], 1908 in Kronstadt) was an archpriest of the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]].
He was born as '''Ivan Ilyich Sergiyev''' in 1829. From 1855, he served as a priest in
Saint Andrew's [[cathedral]] in Kronstadt. Here, he greatly committed himself to charity, especially for those who were remote from the [[church]], and traveled extensively throughout the Russian empire. He was a member of the right extremist movement [[w:Black Hundred|Sojuz Russkogo Naroda]] (Alliance of the Russian people) but did not commit himself politically. He was already greatly [[veneration|venerated]] at the time he died. He was [[Glorification|glorified]] by the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] in 1964 and by the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] in 1990. The second largest [[ monastery]] in St. Petersburg ( by community size) is dedicated to St. John of Kronstadt.
Feast day]]: [[December 20]] ( January 2 [[Old Calendar]]).
"When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God. Truly they do; for they are all one in God, and where God is, there are they also. Where the sun is, thither also are directed all its rays. Try to understand what this means."
"There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God's Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. "Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Rom. 3:3). Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence."
-- ''My Life in Christ''
"Oh, what great happiness and bliss, what exaltation it is to address oneself to the Eternal Father. Always, without fail, value this joy which has been accorded to you by God's infinite grace and do not forget it during your prayers; God, the angels and God's holy men listen to you."
"Do not be despondent when fighting against the incorporeal enemy, but even in the midst of your afflictions and oppression praise the Lord, Who has found you worthy to suffer for Him, by struggling against the subtlety of the serpent, and to be wounded for Him at every hour; for had you not lived piously, and endeavored to become united to God, the enemy would not have attacked and tormented you."
and further details==* http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Ioann_of_Kronstadt* Articles at FatherAlexander.org: [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/johnkr_e.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/johnkr2_e.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/saints/john_kronstadt.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/johnkr_on_church_ext.htm], [http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/john_kronstadt_k_zaitzev.htm] * [http://www.serfes.org/poetry/PoetrybyStJohn.htm Orthodox Poetry By St. John Of Kronstadt]* Photos and icons: [http://images.google.com/images?q=John+Kronstadt+site%3Aorthodoxphotos.com], [http://images.google.com/images?q=John+Kronstadt]* [http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/inp84.htm Beautiful Icon of St. John of Kronstadt]