The testimonials below are accounts from people who have chosen to write to us about the miraculous help they received through the prayers of St. John.
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Healing from burn
Received December 16, 2011
About a year ago, my eye was badly burned when a lid from a pot of boiling water popped up and hot steam shot out at my eye. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. My eye hurt terribly. I ran it under cold water for an hour and prayed. When I was done, I looked in the mirror and saw the damage. The skin around my eye had red and purple blotches. It truly was an ugly sight - I wondered if those scars would ever heal. I put holy oil from St. John's lamp on the skin all around my eye and eyelid and prayed very hard. The next morning we got up to to church and Glory to God my eye felt great and to my surprise there were only a few tiny purple dots on the skin around my eye. In a little over a week even that was gone. Glory to God!
Healing of infant
Received December 16, 2011
A miracle just took place this evening, Friday December 16, 2011. Our 4 week old son Savas John who has had many health problems since he was born, just developed an eye infection. I wiped his eye clean several times only to have more yellow discharge reappear in a matter of minutes. Finally, I annointed the area directly above, below, and to the sides of his eye and our family prayed to St. John and to the Theotokos for our son to be healed. Shortly after I annointed him, a small amount of clear discharge appeared in his eye. I didn't remove it, hoping that St. John would heal him - and he did! Little Savas John's eye now appears clear and healed. Glory to God! In addition to this, when Savas John was born he was in the NICU at the hospital, for several days due to a blood condition. We annointed him with St. John's oil every day, placed an icon of the Theotokos inside his crib, and through the intercessions of St. John, the Theotokos, Saint Savvas the Sanctified, St. Savvas of Kalymnos, and St. Savas the Prince of Serbia, glory to God, our son was healed. He still has some medical issues but we pray that he will soon recover completely.
Help in finding a job
Received November 1, 2011
Towards the end of 2008 my company was downsizing and I was laid off. I decided that I would start looking for a job after the Holidays, but decided to read the akathist to Saint Nicholas every Thursday or more often if possible. In the first two months of the new year I had some interviews, but didn't get a job. One night, I was browsing the internet, about a particular church. I don't remember how I formulated the internet search, but one of the first links that came up was about St. John, The Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. It was very interesting to read about his life and miracles. The next thing I found out was that driving to the Holy Virgin Cathedral "Joy of all who sorrow" would take me about a couple of hours. So, I picked a day and went there one morning in early March of 2009. I felt unworthy to approach the relics of Saint John and stood by the candles next to the shrine. I asked Saint John to help me get some job, so I could help my family pay the bills. I was hoping that it would be something that I could do, because I didn't want to disappoint co-workers. For a minute I thought about my dream job. I thought I would be very happy to get that, but it would be too much to ask Saint John for it. I know, one should not make promises, but I made a promise to improve my Christian life in a certain way. I knew it would be a very hard thing to do, but I had to give it a try and why not start right away. When driving home I was 100% confident that I will have a job soon. The next day I came across a job ad that was matching my skills very well and I sent my resume. Another day later I got a call from the hiring manager and eventually got the job. It was a temporary job with a very long term that was eventually extended beyond what would be normally expected. The job duties were very close to the dream job I had imagined for a second. I still can not say I have fully delivered on my promise, but I am trying. Let's just say I feel happier when I give it my best effort.
Glory to God for all things!
Holy Father John, pray to God for us.
Help during delivery
Received September 23, 2011
My sister was induced to start labor on July 2nd, 2011. Her case was somewhat complicated since her OB/GYN did not notice how fluids left her body and she had no fluid around the baby for, at least, a day or so. Since it was the Feast of St. John I brought holy oil from the lampada that burns by his relics to the hospital and annointed my sister with it. She was in labor only for a few hours and delivery took less than 45 minutes. Baby was born absolutely healthy via natural delivery. My sister felt good after labor and delivery, as well. I know that if it was not for St. John's help, the outcome could have been different.
St. John, Pray to God for us, sinners!
Vera M. in PA
Grace from God's Mercy
Received on August 8, 2011
In April 2008, Holy Father John healed me by his prayers, through a dream, taking me to His sepulchre, and removing grief from my mind and heart.
Recently, I anointed my Mother, Eva, in hospital following a huge operation, for healing with Holy Oil sent from Fathers' lamp, and after 16 months of illness and prayer, the blessing finally came.
She began to regain strength and came out of mental illness for a few days, was "herself" talking and remembering, but following this, we were told we should prepare for the end. So, again with The Saint's Oil,and the prayer, I anointed her for separation of body and soul. The miracle is she had true peace, no fear, and was ready for departure when it came. She also was shining and said with wonder "God spoke to me, and said..." things which could only have been The Lord, giving her His peace and showing her Himself, and That Place where all His Saints repose.
She fell asleep after receiving peace from the torment and anguish she had suffered for 16 months.
I have since had a dream of her, walking away from me in a white dress with one word written on the top of one arm.
I was shouting to her and she kept on walking, then suddenly paused, just long enough to look over her shoulder, and pointing to the word, simply but directly told me "HOPE" - then walked on, disappearing!
This word is read during the epistle for funerals in The Holy Orthodox Faith.
Glory To God!
Through the prayers of our holy Father, Saint John The Wonderworker, and of All Thy Saints, O Lord, continue Thy mercy, and grant us the hope we must place in Thee! Amen.
A daughter's headache
Received on October 20, 2011
About a month before Easter this spring, our priest came to our house to talk with Dayna and to give her communion. After talking to her for a while, we all sat together and talked about Dayna's headaches.He suggested that we go to visit Ostrog Monestary in Montenegro that has been spiritually beneficial to many. But before we went there, we should go to venerate relics of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco. His remains lie in state at the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco.This is another place where miracles are said to happen. Of course, all three of us went!
It was an experience that is very hard to explain.We planned our trip over Easter weekend.Being Orthodox, it is not unusual to spend the entire Easter weekend attending different services.We went to services on Great Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter.The service were in old Slavonic and Russian. But, somehow, it felt like home. We spent the weekend praying for our daughter.
At the end of services on Saturday, we introduced ourselves to one of the priests. Our priest told him we were coming there and why. As soon as he heard Dayna's name, he turned to her and asked how she was feeling.She seemed to be his focus, too.I was very touched by this.In all, it was a very moving experience.That Sunday, we had some time to sightsee.Dayna's headache was "in the background" that day.
By the time we got home the headaches were in full force again.
I am writing about this because just before this trip, I read a story on the internet about Dr. Ducic and peripheral nerve decompression surgery. We were looking for a miracle to happen in San Francisco. I really believe that because of our experience at the cathedral, we felt more at ease pursuing treatment with Dr. Ducic.
We got our miracle!
Child healed of viral infection
Received on July 24, 2011
We’d like to inform of a miraculous healing accomplished through the intercession of St. John. In the spring of 2008 our 1-year-old daughter Maria fell ill with a viral infection of the skin. There were many lesions on her skin, particularly on the face, and doctors said conservative treatment was very unlikely to be successful. There were also contraindication to surgery at the time, in addition we didn’t want surgery because of scars. Several months passed, we tried conservative therapy, but there were no improvements.
In August 2008 I went on business to San Francisco and took holy oil from the lampada in the sepulchre of Archbishop John. We anointed affected skin, lesions began to disappear and in two weeks Maria got well, no scars at all!
Alexander and Irina Yakovlevs
Help received with a baby delivery bill
Received on June 29, 2011
Saint John helped me 8 years ago with my home baby delivery bill. I had asked the priest to serve a moleben for us, I was reading the akafist to St. John and the whole bill was written off by the grace of God. It was not even reported in my credit history.
the servant of God,
Mother with Terminal Cancer lives 5 additional years.
Received on June 5, 2011.
In December 2000, my mother Kathrin J. McFadden was told she had pneumonia because a large cell lung carcinoma had gone through her chest wall. Researching her prognosis from a lung oncology text, I found out that 98% of patients with this symptom die within six months of the pneumonia, and the other 2% within 12 months.Her doctor at UCDMC prescribed pallative chemotherapy and radiation to be admnistered at David Grant Hospital. The first treatment was in Mid-May, and the prognosis for her life expectancy remained the same.
Sunday, June 11, 2001, was Fr. Christopher Flesoras' first Sunday at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church. He brought oil from the tomb of St. John Maximovitch. Following the Divine Liturgy, he annointed the congregation individually, and gave each family a q-tip with oil to take to our home altars. Our family left immediately following Liturgy and drove to my mother's home where I annointed her, and asked for St. John's intercession unto her salvation, and I continued to ask his intercession when I prayed daily. I also told St. John that I would tell everyone of how God has glorified him.
In the next five years, I accompanied my mother to many doctor visits during her treatment and subsequent follow up at David Grant Hospital. In my presence during the next five years, her oncologist and the nursing staff repeatedly said, "Mrs. McFadden we do not know why you are still alive."
In late 2005, she developed small cell lung cancer which subsequently spread in her body. Katherin McFadden fell asleep in the Lord on July 12, 2006, five and half years after the pneumonia revealed the large cell carincoma going through her chest wall.
I have no doubt that St. John's intercessions were responsible for my mother's survival beyond the prognosis for large cell lung cancer.
St. John Maximovitch intercede on our behalf! God glorifies His saints! Glory to God!
Margaret McFadden Mueller
Help received during pregnancy
Received on May 11, 2011.
We are a family from Iasi, Romania, married four years ago. For three years we expected, pray, cried to have a child. We went to every possible doctor to determine the cause of not having a child. Also I was pregnant in first and second year after we married and I lost both babies at 8 and 10 weeks. It was tragic for us. Last year I found out that I was pregnant and I was so happy but also very scared. I was lying in bed for 8 months taking drugs and wiped over my belly the oil from St. John. We pray to St. John to help us to have this child. I was sure I will see my baby for this time because of St. John. And it's true : we have the most beautiful girl in the world and sometimes I feel it is a dream and not the reality. I know for sure that every woman who has not yet had children and who truly believes in intercession of St. John to God can live the happiness that I and my husband live now.
Cancer sufferer in complete remission.
Received on April 5, 2011.
Dear In Christ Brothers and Sisters of Saint John Cathedral,
We thank you very much for the Holy Oil from the reliquary of Saint John Wonderworker. My husband Alan (Andrew) was diagnosed with cancer stage IV, last year. A parishioner of our church, Sts Constantine & Elena, Indianapolis, MO, gave us holy oil from Saint John and I anointed my husband every day with fervent prayers to Saint John to intercede for us.
A miracle happened, my husband's cancer is in remission (complete remission). We believe that Saint John prayed for us along with other saints. We send the enclosed donation with our gratitude and thanks.
Michaela and Alan