Significantly, it was at this time, the end of the 19th century, that our Holy Father John of Kronstadt lived, who with his saintly wife, Matushka Elizabeth, was committed to fighting alcoholism and addictions. Saint John’s Orthodoxy was founded on the Holy Gospel, on the authentic life in the Holy Spirit, especially as manifested through daily participation in the Divine Services, and reception of Holy Confession and frequent Holy Communion. He emphasized that healing of the person could only be accomplished through restoration, renewal, and transfiguration of the soul, through participation in the Holy Eucharist.
Now, in 21st-Century America, the work among the Orthodox Christian people that was begun by the All-Russian Brotherhood of Sobriety in the 1800s, is revived in the Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup. And the work that was manifest in the Arch-Pastor of that era, Saint John of Kronstadt, is sought to be emulated by the new Fellowship. Thus, the Fellowship is being built upon the foundation initiated by this group which developed shortly after the Holy Icon’s original appearance.
Furthermore, Saint John was wholeheartedly committed to praying for others, believing this to be beneficial to the person praying, as it purifies their heart and strengthens their faith, while evoking love for God and neighbor. His life and his prayers were so God-pleasing, that he was granted special gifts of prayerful intercession for them with all types of needs.