The celebration of a special day to honor Saints Peter, Alexis, Jonah the Metropolitans and Wonderworkers of All Russia was established by Patriarch Job on October 5, 1596. In 1875, St Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow (March 31 and October 6) proposed that St Philip be included with the others. St Hermogenes was added only in the year 1913. In 2005 the Church of Russia added St Innocent (March 31 and October 6), St Macarius (December 30), St Job (April 5 and June 19), St Tikhon (April 7 and October 9), St Philaret (November 19), St Peter (September 27), and St Macarius (February 16).
By celebrating these hierarchs on a common day, the Church offers each of them equal honor, as heavenly protectors of the city of Moscow and prayerful intercessors for Russia.
Information about the Lives of these holy Hierarchs is found under the dates of their commemoration: St Peter (December 21 and August 24), St Alexis (February 12 and May 20), St Jonah (March 31, May 27, and June 15), St Philip (January 9 and July 3 ), St Hermogenes (February 17 and May 12 ).
Troparion - Tone 4
O Russian Hierarchs, Guardians of the Apostolic tradition, Firm pillars, guides of Orthodoxy, Peter, Alexis, Jonah, and Philip, Pray to the Lord of all, To grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion - Tone 3
You were holy as hierarchs; You taught the people and you were well-pleasing to God. He has glorified you with incorruption and miracles As disciples of the grace of God.