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Life
==Life==
St John was born around 1690 in the south of Russia to pious Orthodox parents. Upon reaching maturity he was called to service in the army of Peter I, to serve as a simple soldier. During the Prutsk campaign of the Russo-Turkish war he was taken prisoner. As the case then, he ended up as the a slave of the Turkish cavalry commander who took John to the his home in the village of Prokopion, near Caesarea in Asia Minor.
As were Like all captured Christian soldiers, John was threatened, tortured, subjected to all means to convert him to the Moslem faith. John was resolute in his resistance to this inhumane treatment, bravely enduring humiliations and beatings. Noting John’s firm faith, his master’s heart softened and John was assigned to take care of his master’s stable, which also became his living quarters. Recalling the cave and manger where his [[Savior]] came into the world, John rejoiced in his small dark corner of the stable as a little paradise where he could freely pray and offer praises to the true God. Occasionally, John would leave his bed to keep [[All-Night Vigil|vigil]] at the nearby Church of the [[George the Trophy-bearer|Great Martyr George]], and on Saturdays and Feast days receive [[Holy Communion]].
As the cavalry commander prospered, he understood his blessings and prosperity came through his servant John, and he this noted this to his fellow citizens.
Foreseeing his end, John called for a [[priest]] from the church he had attended and asked to partake of the [[Eucharist|immaculate mysteries]]. The priest was afraid to openly bring the Eucharist into the stable. Being divinely inspired, he dug the core out of an apple and lined the cavity with beeswax and placed the communion inside. He then visited the saint at the stables and gave him Communion. After receiving communion, John fell asleep in the Lord on May 27, 1730. He was about forty years old.<ref name="stjohntherussian">[http://www.stjohntherussian.com/stjohnlife.html The Life of Saint John the Russian]</ref>
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