Special Sub-Topic: St. Innocent of Alaska
|Where in Russia was St. Innocent born?|
Anginskoye. The town was in the province of Irkutsk. The child's given name was Ivan.
|Where in Alaska was St. Innocent first ordered to teach?|
Unalaska. Unalaska is an island. St. Innocent, then a priest, was dispatched there in 1823 by Bishop Michael of Irkutsk.
|Which of the following projects did St. Innocent undertake once he arrived in Alaska?|
Using the Cyrillic alphabet to translate Christian works into Alaskan dialects.. St. Innocent put great effort into rendering the Bible and other Christian materials into the local dialects of the Aleutian Islands. He adapted the Cyrillic alphabet, which is used to write Russian, to accommodate the Unagan language, and later Tlingit as well.
|In what year did St. Innocent move to the Alaskan mainland?|
1829. St. Innocent traveled to the Bering Sea coast in 1829. He continued to teach and baptize Alaskan native people.
|Which of these somber events befell St. Innocent in 1838?|
His wife died.. Sadly, his wife passed away that year. He was on a trip to Russia at the time. Upon hearing the news, St. Innocent wanted to immediately return to Sitka, but this was not to be. He instead took vows as a monk.
|In December 1840, St. Innocent was elevated to a new office. What was it?|
Bishop of Kamchatka and the Kuril and Aleutian Islands. The new appointee noted that though there were Orthodox parishes in Kamchatka, Russia and in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, there were no churches in the Kuril Islands. He was told, "You will build them."
|In the course of his teaching and travels, St. Innocent was noted for his respectful, amiable and helpful demeanor. What was *not* one of the things he did for his Alaskan hosts?|
Had them break off relations with neighbors, to reduce conflicts.. St. Innocent was able to get tribes, who had long been traditional enemies, to pursue cooperative, peaceful relations. People would literally come by the hundreds to be baptized by him. On one occasion, he noted that people from different tribes, who had long been enemies, were gathered together in church to take part in the liturgy--and it proceeded without a hitch.
|To what honor was St. Innocent elevated in 1867?|
Metropolitan of Moscow. He replaced the late Metropolitan Filaret. In his new rank, St. Innocent did much to improve the lot of priests, from raising funds to support them, to opening a retirement home for senior clergy.
|St. Innocent died in 1879. In what year was he canonized?|
1977. St. Innocent's life is commemorated on two feast days per year: October 6 and March 31. Many of his historic writings in the native Alaskan languages are kept in the archives at All Saints of North America Orthodox Church, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
|What honorific was St. Innocent awarded, in recognition of his work in spreading the faith?|
Equal to the Apostles. "Equal to the Apostles" is an honorific bestowed upon certain persons canonized in the Orthodox Church. This means that they have been instrumental to the spread of the faith over a large area, such as across a state, territory or country.
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