The feast of St. Jonah of Hankow falls on October 7/20 each year. This year that date is a Sunday, and since the complete service to St. Jonah exists only in English, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, blessed a group of qualified translators to translate this full service, originally authored in English by Reader Isaac Lamberston, into Church Slavonic. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that such a translation has taken place, that is, of a service that exists in English into Church Slavonic. It should be noted that portions of the service to St. Jonah were translated in 1996 in preparation for his glorification in the diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, and Western America & San Francisco by Archpriest Serafim Gan. The group preparing the translation of the remainder of the service consists of Yulia Kamchatnova, Natalia Kondrashova, Alexander Kamchatnov, Reader Michael Gill, and Roman Vershynin. The Church Slavonic service to St. Jonah, published with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Peter, is presently available at no cost on the web site of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America:
We ask the prayers of those who utilize the service to St. Jonah for the translators. To find the service in English please visit this link:
From a historical perspective, we include a copy of some original stikhera written by Fr. Serafim together with Archbishop Alypy for the glorification of St. Jonah in 1996:
To learn more about the life of St. Jonah please visit the links below.
Archpriest Gregory Joyce
Secretary of the Diocesan Council
Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America