Not that long ago, only six years ago [in 1964], the Church Abroad, Russia Abroad, and likewise enslaved and suffering Russia celebrated the glorification of the great universal luminary, Batiushka John of Kronstadt; this saint was glorified during our years of hardship abroad.
By birth, by upbringing, by life, and by death he wholly belongs to the Russian people and to the Russian Church. He is a Russian saint; he is flesh, blood, and spirit from the spirit of his native people and his native country.
And now that Church is triumphantly glorifying him.
Rejoice, enslaved Russia, suffering Russia! You now have a new intercessor and protector. And pray to God that, through his holy prayers, He might grant you liberation from the oppression of godlessness under which you are suffocating!
You likewise be glad and rejoice, Russia Abroad, scattered abroad over the entire earthly sphere! You also now have an intercessor and protector. His prayers are still here, where he lived and worked miracles. All the more so now, as he stands before the dread throne of the Lord of Glory, does our Venerable Father Herman mightily supplicate God’s goodness for all the needs of both our temporal and eternal existence. May only our prayer not falter! May we only never doubt that this prayerful protection and intercession is truly a gift of God’s mercy to us!
Let us be triumphant, let us rejoice in the goodness of the Lord, Who is wondrous in His saints. It is through His grace and power that our ancient God-pleasers and saints were glorified and, later, both Batiushka John of Kronstadt and Father Herman of Alaska: they were all glorified by the grace of God.