Venerable Seraphim of Sarov the Wonderworker

January 2

Saint Seraphim is considered one of the greatest and well known saints of the 19th century. As a young child he fell ill and was visited by the Mother of God herself and healed him. From this time, he decided to dedicate his life to God as a monk. Living in complete obedience to his elders, Saint Seraphim grew exceedingly in virtue and prayer, surpassing many of his fellow monks. He ventured into the Sarov wilderness where he dwelt as a stylite on a pillar of rock for a thousand days in constant prayer. Once when approached by Motovilov and asked about the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, Saint Seraphim transformed before him like Christ on Mount Tabor, filling the young theologian with an indescribable peace and warmth. Saint Seraphim lived to around 70 years of age but prophesied that he would live well over 100. When asked to explain this prophesy, he said that in the last days he will resurrect from the grave like the Seven Youths of Ephesus and preach to the lost sheep of Russia. For his virtuous life, Saint Seraphim was granted the gift of wonder working before and even after his repose.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Χριστῷ ἐκ νεότητος ἀκολουθήσας θερμῶς, εὐχαῖς καὶ δεήσεσιν, ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ Σαρώφ, ὡς ἄσαρκος ἤσκησας· ὅθεν τοῦ Παρακλήτου, δεδεγμένος τὴν χάριν, ὤφθης τῆς Θεοτόκου, θεοφόρος θεράπων· διὸ σε μακαρίζομεν, Σεραφεὶμ Πάτερ Ὅσιε.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Ἐν Σάρωφ ὡς ἄγγελος, βεβιωμένος, Σεραφεὶμ μακάριε, ὤφθης δοχεῖον ἐκλεκτόν, τῶν χαρισμάτων, τοῦ Πνεύματος, λόγῳ πλουσίῳ ἐκφαίνων τὰ κρείττονα.

Troparion — Tone 4
You loved Christ from your youth, O blessed one, / and longing to work for Him alone you struggled in the wilderness in constant prayer and labor. / With penitent heart and great love for Christ you were favored by the Mother of God. / Therefore we cry to you: / “Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father.”
Kontakion — Tone 2
Forsaking the beauty as well as the corruption of this world, / you settled in the monastery of Sarov, O Saint. / There you lived an angelic life, / becoming for many the way to salvation. / Therefore, Christ has glorified you, Father Seraphim, / enriching you with abundant healing and miracles. / So we cry to you: “Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father.”