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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Macrina, sister of Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (380). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Dius, abbot, of Antioch (ca. 430). Совершается всенощное бдениеUncovering of the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1903). Synaxis of the Saints of Kursk.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомBlessed Romanus, prince of Ryazan (1270). St. Paisius of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). Blessed Stephen Lazarevic, king of Serbia (1427) and his mother St. Milica (Eugenia in schema) (1405). St. Sophronius, archimandrite, of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1921).

St. Theodore, bishop of Edessa (848). Abba Diocles of the Thebaid.

Repose of Hieroschemamonk Anthony of Valaam (1862), Blessed Abbot Nilus (1870) and Elder John (1903), both of St. Nilus of Sora Monastery, and Archimandrite Nektary (Chernobyl) of Jerusalem (2000).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Monday. [I Cor. 5:9-6:11; Matt. 13:54-58]

   The Nazarenes did not believe the word of the Lord, because when He lived in amongst them, He had no attractive lustre or outward dignity that would command involuntary respect from all. “We know who He is,” they said; “there can’t be anything extraordinary about Him.” Their reaction, however, did not induce the Lord to assume an imposing appearance. He remained extremely simple in appearance; later the Apostles bore themselves the same way, as did all of those who truly followed and emulated them. Why is this so? Because it is there is no man-made lustre that could fully correspond to the light of life in Jesus Christ. Moreover, we recognize that it is better to relegate external appearance the lowest value, so that it does not block what is within. Let him who has eyes to see look directly at the latter, without arresting his attention upon the former. The holy Apostle Paul expressed it like this: We have this treasure in earthen vessels (II Cor. 4:7). If we could see what was the outward appearance of those persons whom we now revere and call upon in prayer, we would not believe our eyes—they were so simple. But to this day, those who have come to know the life in Jesus Christ abandon care for their outward appearance and turn fully within. That is why the former falls away on its own, but the latter is raised up and grows. It often happens that nobody even notices this inner brightness, not even the one who possesses it. The human eye is evil; it is not shown what is truly good, if this good can harm it.


St. Seraphim on Monastic Life

Elena Kontsevitch

“One distinguishing characteristic of the superior should be his love for his inferiors: for the true pastor, according to the words of St John Climacus, is shown by his love for his flock. For it is out of love that the Chief Shepherd was crucified on the cross.”

The Spiritual Path of St. Seraphim of Sarov

"He who truly loves God considers himself a wanderer and newcomer on earth, for in him is a striving towards God in soul and mind, which contemplates God alone." Certain people emerge as standouts in the church. Their chief characteristic is the search to live in the presence of God with every fiber of their being, and to recognize God's presence in creation and humanity. Such a saint was Seraphim of Sarov, author of the saying quoted above.

Saint Seraphim of Sarov: On the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit

"However prayer, fasting, vigil and all the other Christian practices may be, they do not constitute the aim of our Christian life. Although it is true that they serve as the indispensable means of reaching this end, the true aim of our Christian life consists of the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.

Great in the Lord is Seraphim

In literally a few weeks, a group of Orthodox Christians established a parish in the Russian Orthodox tradition. This group included not only Russians but dyed-in-the-wool Americans. Today St Seraphim Parish also boasts Bulgarians, Serbs, Romanians and other Orthodox Christians.

Greek Miracles of St. Seraphim of Sarov

As our Greek friends explained to us, very many people now know of Fr. Seraphim in Greece. Furthermore, the Russian Seraphim has become so dear to the hearts of simple believers that they take him to be their own Greek saint, and the less educated might even say that Sarov is somewhere in Greece. Nevertheless, it was not clear what made this particular church venerate him so, especially since it was located in “the boondocks”.

From the Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov

As a beginning, Prokhor set off with five companions to the Kiev Caves Lavra, desiring to receive the blessing of the Kiev Elders. Among the ascetics of that monastery was the famous elder Dositheus (who was found to be a woman after she died). That clairvoyant elder had been in continual contact with the blessed Elder Paisius Velichkovsky, and with those monastics who were of one mind with him. Dositheus gave Prokhor spiritual instruction, counselled him to study the ancient Holy Fathers on the work of interior prayer, and directed him to go to Sarov Monastery and remain there until death, for there he would find salvation.

What St. Seraphim Meant

Fr. Stephen Freeman

“Acquire the Spirit of Peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved.” This is perhaps the most famous quote of the great Russian saint, Seraphim of Sarov. Many of his icons have this saying on them. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it. On the other hand, I think there are many who do not understand it. And understanding what he meant can take you to the very heart of Orthodoxy.

St. Seraphim of Sarov. A Sermon by St. John Maximovitch

St. John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco

It was the same during his earthly life. Cities were being destroyed, kingdoms were being established, Napoleon advanced upon Russia with twelve nations and then left in disgrace, Moscow burned and was again raised from the ashes, Decembrists organized revolts and were then sentenced; but was as if these events did not touch St. Seraphim.

“Our Salvation is in our Will.” St. Seraphim of Sarov

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

When he was asked one day, in what does a perishing sinner differ from a righteous man who is saving his soul, a saint, St. Seraphim answered: Only in his resolve…

Repose of the Venerable Seraphim the Wonderworker of Sarov

“While I am alive,” he once said, “there will be no fire, but when I die, my death shall be revealed by a fire.” When they opened the door, it appeared that books and other things were smoldering. St Seraphim was found kneeling before an icon of the Mother of God with his arms crossed on his chest. His pure soul was taken by the angels at the time of prayer, and had flown off to the Throne of the Almighty God, Whose faithful servant St Seraphim had been all his life.

Modern Miracles of St. Seraphim of Sarov

The following are true stories sent by readers to the editors of Pravoslavie.ru.

The Life of Saint Seraphim

Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose)

Having led a heavenly life on earth, like the great desert saints of antiquity, even in these latter times of spiritual desolation, St. Seraphim is an instructor and an inspirer of the true Christian life. His Spiritual Instructions—like his celebrated Conversation with Motovilov on the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit—contain no new teaching, but simply repeat in modern times the age-old Christian teaching of the great Fathers whom he constantly cites: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom, Macarius the Great, Dionysius the Areopagite, Ambrose of Milan, Isaac the Syrian, Symeon the New Theologian, the Fathers of the Philokalia.