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In the early years of his life, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, the author of this memorable book, was under the spiritual guidance of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai, who subsequently ordained him to the diaconate. After Archbishop John’s canonization on June 19/July 2, 1994, Father Valery set as his goal to share the miraculous events of the glorification with a wide audience of believers through the publication of his book, Lantern of Grace – in Russian (1999), followed by the English translation (2004). The book was reissued as an enlarged Russian edition (2010), that embraced our younger generation, including stories and reminiscences of students, altar boys, orphans, and numerous other people from various walks of life, whom St. John helped in time of need. The present extended English edition (2017) incorporates additional material on Vladyka’s life, his repose and the funeral, the uncovering and re-vesting of his relics, preceding the canonization, and the ever memorable and joyous glorification. This book contains a collection of precious photographs of Vladyka John, a saint who was our contemporary.
As readers make their way through the pages of this book, we hope they will feel the blessing bestowed by the hand of this wondrous miracle-worker. We trust that, guided by the ever-present Hand of God, they will discover a fresh, new source of faith and hope.
Posted by John on 15th Nov 2017
The greatest thing I could say about this book was that it helped inspire my faith in the intercessions of St. John before the throne of God and gave me more confidence in asking St. John for help in my everyday life. Even though I never knew him personally, I'm more inspired to love him due to getting to know his devotion to God, genuinene simplicity and his quickness to help anyone in times of trouble, both during and after his death. I more deeply feel that even though he died, he is alive. I like that this book has some of his own letters to his students and words of his advice to those who God placed on his path in life. Also, I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures. Many thanks to all who participated in the publication of this book for the glory of God. Don't forget to write to St. John from time to time.
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