St. Innocent (d. 1879AD), the Apostle to the Americas, is honored also as enlightener of God’s people in North America. He wrote:
“My Christ loving readers and brethren! By the Word of God was all created;
by the power of the Word of God is all that was created sustained.
The Word of God is food for man; it nourishes his soul.
The Word of God is water to quench his thirsty soul.
The Word of God is a lamp to lighten the darkness of man’s heart until daylight finally dawns.
The Word of God is also Light itself;
that is, the Word of God shows in man’s heart clearly and vividly all of God’s works – and even God Himself.
Without the Word of God man is spiritually hungry, thirsty, blind and dead.”
(St. Innocent Apostle to America by Paul Garrett, pp. 119-120)
You evangelized the northern people of America and Asia,
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the natives in their own tongues.
O holy hierarch Father Innocent,
Enlightener of Alaska and all America, whose ways were ordered by the Lord,
Pray to Him for the salvation of our souls in His Heavenly Kingdom!
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