Saint John, Bishop of the Goths, lived during the eighth
century. The future saint was born in answer to the fervent prayer of
his parents. From an early age, he lived a life of asceticism.
saint made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and spent three years visiting
all the holy places. Then he returned to his native country. At that
time the emperor Constantine Copronymos the Iconoclast (741-775)
banished the Gothic bishop, and the Goths fervently entreated St John to
become their bishop.
St John went to Georgia, which was isolated
from the Iconoclast heresy. There he was ordained. Upon his return to
the Goths he was soon compelled to depart from them. Hidden away from
the pursuing Khazars, he settled at Amastridia, where he dwelt for four
Hearing about the death of the Khazar kagan (ruler), the
saint said, “After forty days I shall go to be judged with him before
Christ the Savior.” Indeed, the saint died forty days later. This took
place when he returned to his people, in the year 790.
saint’s body was conveyed to the Parthenit monastery in the Crimea, at
the foot of Mount Ayu-Dag, where the saint once lived in the large
church he built in honor of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
St John, Bishop of the Goths is also commemorated on May 19.