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Paschal Appeal 2015

Hypakoe: When at dawn, the women with Mary came and found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, they heard from the angel: Why seek among the dead (as if He were a mortal man) Him Who lives in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Run and tell the world that the Lord is risen, and has slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saves mankind.

(From Paschal Matins)

Dearly Beloved Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


     When we walk around the church in procession on Pascha before midnight, we represent the Holy Myrrh-Bearers, who were the first to find the empty tomb of Christ and receive the joyful news from an angel in shining white garments that He is risen from the dead. Great joy came upon these Myrrh-Bearers as they received this angelic announcement, and it is this very same joy which we all annually experience on Pascha. Who were these Myrrh-Bearers? They were women who were dedicated in service to Our Lord, and who served him with all that they had, withholding nothing. With great risk to their lives, they ventured out on that very first Pascha, early in the morning to anoint Jesus’ body to find the tomb empty. Their roles were one of selfless service to Christ, and the same can be said of our Holy Righteous Father John of Kronstadt, whose life was one of endless service to Our Saviour and to all people whom he encountered and whoever approached him for help, spiritual and material. What can we say about ourselves in this regard? Most of us receive many blessings from God in the abundance of the good things we all enjoy in life. We have our church, our families and friends, and have been blessed to be materially content, even though we may at times face material struggles which occasionally arise, but for the most part, God sees to our daily needs as is conducive to our salvation. But what about others who have much less than we do? Let us remember that all that we have are gifts of God to use for a better purpose, and a great part of that is to help others in need. That is the reason why our St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund has existed over 60 years, and why it is important to keep our efforts going: to reach out to those in need worldwide throughout our Orthodox communities. It is only with your help that this can continue to be accomplished. Please do not be indifferent to the plight of those in need. Every donation you send is put to good use in helping the poor and needy. Please join us in helping the less fortunate than ourselves. What better way to give gratitude to Almighty God for all that He does for us every second of our lives? Please respond with your hearts, and join us in this service to Our Lord and to our brothers and sisters in need.

     May Our Risen Saviour bless you and all your loved ones during Great Lent and Pascha.


                   With much love in Our Risen Lord,


                                   Archpriest Michael Taratuchin,

Vice-President of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund and Rector of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, New York, USA.


Welcome to the website of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, based in Utica, New York.

The St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund was established in 1954 by Archpriest
George Pavlusik and the St. John of Kronstadt parish, and it continues its great benevo-
lent work to this day by collecting donations and sending financial aid to needy parish-
es, monasteries, institutions and individuals in dire circumstances worldwide. In recent
years, financial aid has been sent to some orphanages in Russia. The Memorial Fund’s first
president was Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery from 1954 to
1976, then from 1977 to 2008, Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory, and currently His
Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland is the memorial fund’s president. Many, clergy and laity,
have labored for the Memorial Fund over the fifty-four years of its existence, in imitation
of St. John of Kronstadt, who brought help and relief to hundreds of thousands of his con-
temporaries. The fund continues this great legacy of love, being a source of help an relief to
many of the faithful in parishes, monasteries and institutions around the world. Everyone
is invited to join in this vital work began by our beloved patron saint, our Holy Righteous
John of Kronstadt. You, too,  can help by becoming a member of the Memorial Fund and/
or by sending donations to the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund in Utica, New York,
and thereby continue the great work of almsgiving as was practiced by St. John. Please join
us in this vital labor of love.

Make checks or
money orders payable to:

St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 56, Utica, NY

Some past feastday celebrations in Utica of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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