Platina, California, September 5, 2022
Friday, September 2, marked the 40th anniversary of the repose of Blessed Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose).
In honor of the occasion, pilgrims from across America and beyond made their way to St. Herman’s, the monastery founded by Fr. Seraphim in Platina, California.
Among the distinguished guests were His Grace Bishop Gerasim of Fort Worth (OCA), former abbot of St. Herman’s and a spiritual child of Fr. Seraphim, and His Grace Bishop James of Sonora (ROCOR), who also knew Fr. Seraphim.
Also present at the pilgrimage was His Eminence Metropolitan Nikoloz of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo and Kari, who traveled to America from Georgia with a special mission—to inspire the formal glorification among the saints of Fr. Seraphim, who is widely loved and venerated in the Georgian Church, as he is in many Orthodox countries.
The hierarchs encouraged the faithful to venerate and pray to Fr. Seraphim.
Additionally, a document composed by a priest of the ROCOR Western American Diocese calling for the creation of a commission to formally begin the process of canonizing Fr. Seraphim was read out.
The pilgrimage was also blessed by a surprise visit of the wonderworking and myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, and reminiscences of Fr. Seraphim shared by Bp. Gerasim, Bp. James, and Fr. Martin Person.
And after the pilgrimage, Met. Nikoloz instructed his driver to take him 3.5 hours out of the way to Jackson, California, so he could briefly meet with His Grace Bishop Maxim of Los Angeles (Serbian Orthodox Church) to discuss his proposal to canonize Fr. Seraphim. St. Herman’s Monastery has been under the jurisdiction of the Serbian Church since 2000.
Pilgrims report that the pilgrimage was a very moving and inspiring event.
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