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The holy, glorious, right-victorious [[hieromartyr]] '''Juvenaly of Alaska''', Protomartyr of America, was a member of the first group of Orthodox [[missionaries]] who came from the [[monastery]] of Valaam to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of Alaska. He was [[martyr]]ed while evangelizing among the Eskimos on the mainland of Alaska in 1796. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 2]], and he is also commemorated with all the saints of Alaska ([[September 24]]), and with the first martyrs of the American land ([[December 12]]).
 
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The holy, glorious, right-victorious [[hieromartyr]] '''Juvenaly of Alaska''', [[Protomartyr]] of America, was a member of the first group of Orthodox [[missionaries]] who came from the [[monastery]] of Valaam to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of Alaska. He was [[martyr]]ed while evangelizing among the Eskimos on the mainland of Alaska in 1796. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 2]], and he is also commemorated with all the saints of Alaska ([[September 24]]), and with the first martyrs of the American land ([[December 12]]).
==Life==
While Archimandrite Joseph dealt with the leadership issues with Baranov, the leader of the settlement, Hieromonk Juvenaly and the others in their party began their missionary work. Within two years their zeal had brought more than 12,000 Alaskans to the Orthodox Christian faith. They did this not by degrading their former shaman based faith but by showing them that Christianity was the fulfillment of that faith.
As the group continued preaching further away from the settlement on Kodiak, Hieromonk Juvenaly began missionary work on the mainland of Alaska 1796. Here he continued the success of the past two years as he [[baptism|baptized]] hundreds of Chugach Sugpiag and Athabaskan Indians. But as his mission continued along northwest toward the Bering Sea, he disappeared. No material evidence of his disappearance has been found, but among the Alaskan people oral tradition relates of his [[martyr]]dom. The tradition is that as he moved into territory inhabited by Eskimos, some Eskimos did not understand some of his gesturing while making the sign of the cross. Disturbed, a Yupiat shaman ordered an attack upon the hieromonk, and he was killed by spears and arrows. Thus, Juvenaly became the first Orthodox martyr in the Americas, giving him the title ''[[Protomartyr]] of America''.
[[Category:American Saints]]
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