Crown of thorns miraculously appears on icon of St. Seraphim of Vyritsa

Moscow, March 14, 2017

Photo: Severemorsk Diocese Photo: Severemorsk Diocese
A crown of thorns, not painted by human hands, has miraculously appeared around the Cross on an icon of St. Seraphim of Vyritsa in Severomorsk, Russia, 640 miles north of St. Petersburg, reports the Severemorsk Diocese.

The icon was painted in the fall of 2016 and brought from St. Petersburg. The board was made from a pine tree that grew on the grave of St. Seraphim’s parents, Nikolai Ivanovich and Khionia Alimpeivna, at the St. Nicholas Church in the village of Spass-Ukhra in the Yaroslav region. The tree which grew up between their graves became too large and was cut down. It dried over the course of ten years, after which icon boards were made from it. This particular icon was written on one such board last year by a nun from Diveyevo Monastery. It was decided to send the icon to Igumen Mitrophan in Varzuga, but he became the bishop of Severemorsk, so the icon was sent there.

Photo: Severemorsk Diocese Photo: Severemorsk Diocese
However, by that time there was a “defect” on the icon—a bright circle had appeared on the cross on St. Seraphim’s monastic schema. The painter suggested perhaps there was a knot in the wood of the board, but the carpenter who made the board stated that there had been no knots. By the time of the icon’s arrival in Severemorsk, the circle had clearly turned into a painted crown, hanging on the Cross.

The miraculous appearance of the crown of thorns hanging on the Cross of Christ is obvious to all and the joy of this wondrous grace from God is felt by all who pray before the icon.

The icon was first publicly displayed on Friday, March 3 at the Presanctified Liturgy in the Severemorsk Church of Sts. Sophia, Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov, and will be present at all hierarchical services throughout Great Lent.

3/14/2017

Comments
CAROLE AVDELIS3/27/2017 4:34 pm
I HOPE THE ALMIGHTY LORD AND HIS EVER VIRGIN MOTHER HAVE MERCY ON US, AND GUIDE THROUGH THESE TROUBLING TIMES. MAY THEY SHELTER US FROM ALL EVIL AND STREGTHEN US
Rev. V.D.3/23/2017 10:32 am
St. Serafim's Paschal vestment is partially in my vestment closet, partially being restored by Moscow specialists. I came into my possession miraculously, and I wear it very time I expect difficulties and problems. St. Serafim has yet to let me down, although there have been many problems. I also wear it when visiting the sick and the dying. When the rest of the vestment is restored, I intend to wear it a few times a year, just to remember St. Serafim.

The outfit St. Serafim is wearing indicates that he had been tonsured into the Great Schema - a somewhat rare phenomenon in Russia.

Wondrous is God in His saints.

Editor3/17/2017 2:19 pm
Abraham Bedevian: The "headgear" he is wearing is a hood, or kukol, which is a garment worn by schemamonks (with final monastic vows) in the Russian Orthodox Church. Sorry, not Armenian.
abraham bedevian3/17/2017 3:44 am
this headgear is not of a Russian priest but of an ARMENIAN priest
Anthony3/15/2017 12:37 am
Wow. I wonder if this is a warning that the as prophesied by Ayios Paisios, Ayios Kosmas, Geronda Efraim Vatopaidinos and St Seraphim of Vyritsa are about to begin. St Seraphim's prophecies are available online and defo worth a read.
Carole3/14/2017 4:16 pm
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! That this should strengthen the faith of those who honor it.
Ima Sudonim3/14/2017 4:16 pm
Saint of God, intercede for us!
mary-jo3/14/2017 1:56 pm
Lord have mercy!
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