Commemorated on September 24
On the anniversary of the arrival of the Russian missionaries in Alaska (1794), we remember the New Martyrs Saint Peter the Aleut, Protomartyr of America, and Saint Juvenal.
Troparion — Tone 4
Today Alaska rejoices and America celebrates, / for the new world has been sanctified by martyrdom / Kodiak echoes with songs of thanksgiving, / Iliamna and Kenai observe the festival of faith. / The Apostle and martyr Juvenaly is glorified, / and Peter the Aleut is exalted by his voluntary sacrifice, / in their devotion and love for the Lord / they willingly endured persecution and death for the Truth, / now in the Kingdom of Heaven they intercede for our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today Valaam joins Alaska / in celebrating this joyous feast, / as her spiritual son Juvenaly / embraces the new martyr Peter with love. / Together they suffered for the Lord in America / and united the old world with the new by their voluntary sacrifice. / Now forever they stand before the King of glory and intercede for our souls.