Fr. Seraphim Rose’s Monastery. A photographic pilgrimage by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)

On the anniversary of the repose of Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose: 1934-1982)

On the anniversary of the repose of Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose: 1934-1982)


Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings (Isaiah 3:10)

150 years after the repose of St. Seraphim of Sarov, in the opposite corner of the world, a monk who sought to imitate the spiritual labors of the elder of Sarov and took his name in monasticism reposed in the Lord.

Few of the ascetics of piety in the twentieth century played such an important role in the catechism of our compatriots in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia as Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose).

His unusual path to the Church, yet one so familiar and close to us, his strict ascetic life, overwhelmingly living faith, erudition, his deep and joyous discovery of the opportunity to enter the life with Christ has inspired and strengthened a great many seekers of God.

The young American Eugene Rose, who to everyone’s surprise became an Orthodox monk and forever settled in a tiny mountain monastery in remote Platina, California, managed to fulfil the last commandment of the Savior to His disciples: «Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature» (Mark 16:15).

Not only did Hieromonk Seraphim open the whole world of the Orthodox heritage of the Holy Fathers for himself, but he also was able to tell of it in such a way that it attracted millions of people worldwide, carried across by his books, to the self-sacrificing exploration of this heavenly promised land.

Their thankful memory of Fr. Seraphim (Rose), their prayers for the repose of his soul are a visible part of the reward which, as we believe, is prepared for him in the Heavenly Kingdom. «Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings» (Isaiah 3:10).

I suggest that readers especially get to know this great ascetic of piety of our age. Several years ago I stayed in Platina, prayed at the grave of Fr. Seraphim and took a series of photographs. There are the monastery with the mountains around it, his cell and personal belongings in front of you. Everything here is truthfully and strictly telling us about him, without further ado or fantasies.

Hieromonk Seraphim lived, grew spiritually and ended his days as a witness to and confessor of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before death he bore agonizing suffering for many hours. But Fr. Seraphim endured his Golgotha without the slightest complaint, with Christian thankfulness, with fortitude and patience. This is just one more, and the final, peaceful instruction of his to us.

Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)

Translation by Dimitry Lapa

The Road to the Monastery

Fr. Seraphim’s grave

His cell

The old print shop

The Monastery of St. Herman of Alaska

Joseph Gilbody10/2/2019 3:29 am
Thanks for the pictures! I am a new convert (4/1/18). I have read the biography of Father Seraphim.
Александар Ваљево8/28/2019 6:16 pm
Слава Богу, има на зису икона Св Саве Српског, и хвала Серафиму...
Linda Huelskamp7/3/2019 5:39 am
thank you for sharing the post and the pictures, And I will keep you in my prayers.
vanya1/13/2019 8:49 pm
Thank you, Father, for these breath taking photographs. The presence of Fr. Seraphim exudes very strongly from them. They are execelnt illustrations of inspiring siplisity and humility leading to freedom.
Zoe Sherry Yates1/5/2019 7:06 am
This is where I was baptized and Chrismated 23 years ago at Pascha, its changed quite a bit since then but the beauty of the Holy Spirit within still comes through in these photos. Thank you,
Rev. Thomas Raines12/29/2018 7:59 am
I thank God for those called to spend their lives in service and prayer for us still in but trying not to be part of the world. May God grand you many years and many to help you also
Priest Daniel Franzen11/30/2018 3:58 pm
This was a wonderful photo journal of our beloved Fr. Seraphim's cell and the Platina Monastery. Thank you!
Afanassy7/27/2018 7:32 am
This was a wonderful tour! Thank you so much.
I just wish that the each photo had a caption under it describing in some detail what scenes or people are depicted.
But it was great nonetheless.

damjan12/13/2017 12:18 am
Thank you Father for taking me to can feel Father Seraphim's presence on some photos especially those in his cell.....Вечнаја Памјат!
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