John the New of Suceava

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The Great Martyr John the New of Suceava was born in Trebizond in Asia Minor. On a trip to Cetatea Albă, then part of Moldova but now Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy in the Ukraine, he was taken by Tartars and ordered to renounce his faith. He refused to do so despite being tortured and was eventually martyred in 1330 by being dragged behind a horse through the streets of the city before having his head struck off.

At first his relics were kept in Cetatea Albă but later Prince (Voievod) Alexander the Good (Alexandru cel Bun) and Metropolitan Joseph (Iosif) of Moldova arranged to have them brought to Suceava on June 24 1402. His incorrupt relics have been kept at the monastery bearing his name in that city until the present time.

Saint John the New is one of the most venerated saints in Moldova and many miracles are associated with his relics. His feast day is on June 2