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[[Image:Serafeim o en lebadeia.jpg|right|thumb|250px|St. Seraphim of Levadeia.]]
Saint '''Seraphim of Lebadeia''', (b.1520- [[May 6]],1602) was an ascetic from Mount Dombos of Lebadeia, Greece who lived during the end of the sixteenth century. He is commemorated by the church [[May 6]].
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Saint '''Seraphim of Livadeia''' <ref>Livadeia can also be spelt ''Lebadeia''</ref> or ''Seraphim the Struggler of Mount Domvu'' (b.1520- [[May 6]],1602), was an ascetic from the area of Mount Dombos of [[w:Livadeia|Livadeia]]<ref>Livadeia is the capital of ''Viotia'', or ''Boetia''. Viotia is a Prefecture located in central Greece. Thebes is the next largest city of this prefecture.</ref> in Greece who is commemorated by the church [[May 6]].
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
Saint Seraphim was an ascetic from the area of Mount Dombos of Lebadeia in Greece. He is unknown to the Synaxaristes of the church. During a service conducted by Bishop Talantios Neophytos Metaxas in Aigina of 1828 and in Athens of 1855
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St Seraphim is not recorded in the major Synaxaristes but was mentioned in a service in Aigina in 1828, conducted by Bishop Neophytos Metaxas, that was later published in Athens in 1855 and revised in 1885. (I want to confirm this translation, I dont think its right)--->
  
He had a calling to the monastic life from a young age and left the world to pursue asceticism at Prophet Elias at the mount of Karkara. At this location he built a chapel dedicated to the Saviour and spent his time in ascetism. However, he was visited frequently by his family and friends so he left his cave and went to a monastery dedicated to the Holy Unmercenaries.
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His parents were respectable and pious christians who raised Seraphim accordingly. From a young age, he had a calling to the monastic life. One tradition notes that his mother noted that he would not breastfeed on Wednesdays and on Fridays.  
  
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As a child, he was educated in holy writing by the village teacher and this inspired a burning desire for him to pursue monasticism. He left the world early to pursue his ascetical vocation living in a cave at the Prophet Elias on Mount Karkara. There he built a chapel dedicated to the Saviour and spent his time in ascetism. However, he had frequent visitations from family and friends so he left this beloved cave and fled to the monastery of the Holy Unmercenaries Anargyroi.  
Άγνωστος στους Συναξαριστές. Κατά την Ακολουθία όμως πού συνέταξε ο επίσκοπος Ταλαντίου Νεόφυτος Μεταξάς και εκδόθηκε στην Αίγινα το 1828, και στην Αθήνα το 1855 Π και 1885, ο ασκητής αυτός είχε πατρίδα το χωριό Ζέλι της Βοιωτίας. ΟΙ γονείς του ήταν ευσεβείς και ενάρετοι, έτσι βέβαια ανέθρεψαν και τον Σεραφείμ. ο όσιος από μικρός είχε κλίση στα θεία και στη μοναχική ζωή. Όποτε σε νεαρή ηλικία, παρά τη φυσιολογική αντίδραση των γονέων του, πήγε στο Μονύδριο του Προφήτη Ηλία, στο όρος Κάρκαρα. 'Εκεί έκτισε ναό στο όνομα του Σωτήρος και ασκήτευε. Επειδή όμως είχε συχνές επισκέψεις από γονείς και φίλους, εγκατέλειψε το αγαπημένο του σπήλαιο και πήγε στο Μοναστήρι των Αγίων Αναργύρων. Άλλα έφυγε και από εκεί, και πήγε στο Μοναστήρι της Μεταμόρφωσης του Σωτήρα, πού βρίσκεται στο Σαγμάτιο όρος μεταξύ Θηβών και Ευβοίας. 'Εκεί έλαμψε σαν πνευματικός αστέρας πρώτου μεγέθους και ο ηγούμενος τον έκανε μοναχό με το όνομα Σεραφείμ, και αργότερα τον χειροτόνησε Διάκονο και πρεσβύτερο. Για να αποφύγει όμως την φήμη των αρετών του, με την άδεια του ηγουμένου, έφυγε από εκείνο το Μοναστήρι και έφθασε δυτικά του Ελικώνα στην τοποθεσία Δόμου. Εκεί έκτισε ναό στο όνομα του Σωτήρος, καθώς επίσης και μερικά κελιά, μάζεψε μερικούς μοναχούς, με τους οποίους παρέμεινε εκεί για 10 χρόνια, κάνοντας έργα αρετής και διδάσκοντας τους μαθητές του τα σωτήρια διδάγματα της μοναδικής του Ευαγγελίου ζωής. Έτσι ασκητικά και όσια αφού έζησε, απεβίωσε ειρηνικά -αφού προείδε τον θάνατο του- στις 6 Μαΐου του 1602 ήμερα της Μεσοπεντηκοστής. Έζησε σύνολο 75 χρόνια. Λέγεται μάλιστα ότι έκανε και αρκετά θαύματα.
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He did not spend much time at this monastery for the same reasons and left for the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, located between Thebes and Evia. At this monastery, his ascetical works made him shone as a spiritual star and the abbot of this monastery quickly made him a monk and this is where he was given the name "Seraphim".
  
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With the permission of the abbot, he left this monastery in order to avoid the reputation he was developing for his virtues and moved further west to a place called Domous. There he built another temple dedicated to the name of the Saviour, and some cells, and a community of monks quickly formed.
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Seraphim stayed at this location for 10 years, working on virtuous projects, teaching students lessons in salvation and the Gospel. He spent the rest of his life as a hermit;  foretelling his own death. He was 75 years old when he peacefully reposed in the Lord [[May 6]], 1602 halfway through Pentecost in the sixth hour.
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It is said that he performed many miracles during his life.
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There is a monastery in Greece dedicated to this saint.
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==Hymns==
 
Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος γ'. Θείας πίστεως.
 
Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος γ'. Θείας πίστεως.
Θείον βλάστημα, της Βοιωτίας, έμπνουν όργανον, της εγκράτειας, ανεδείχθης Σεραφείμ άξιάγαστε· συ γαρ Όσιων βαδίσας τοις ίχνεσιν, άρτιφανώς εν τω κόσμω έξέλαμψας· Πάτερ Όσιε, Χριστόν τον Θεόν ικέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ημίν το μέγα
 
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Θείον βλάστημα, της Βοιωτίας, έμπνουν όργανον, της εγκράτειας, ανεδείχθης Σεραφείμ άξιάγαστε· συ γαρ Όσιων βαδίσας τοις ίχνεσιν, άρτιφανώς εν τω κόσμω έξέλαμψας· Πάτερ Όσιε, Χριστόν τον Θεόν ικέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ημίν το μέγα.
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==Notes==
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<small><references/></small>
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://viotikoskosmos.wikidot.com/osios-serafeim Life of Osios Seraphim] (in Greek)
 
* [http://viotikoskosmos.wikidot.com/osios-serafeim Life of Osios Seraphim] (in Greek)
 
* [http://vivl-livad.voi.sch.gr/wiki/apolytikio-osiou-serafeim-domvous.pdf Life of Osios Seraphim (extended)] (in Greek)
 
* [http://vivl-livad.voi.sch.gr/wiki/apolytikio-osiou-serafeim-domvous.pdf Life of Osios Seraphim (extended)] (in Greek)
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* [http://www.synaxaristis.googlepages.com/6μαϊου Google Synaxaristis - May 6] (in Greek)
 
* [http://viotikoskosmos.wikidot.com/moni-osiou-serafeim Monastery of Osios Seraphim (Lebadeia)] (in Greek)
 
* [http://viotikoskosmos.wikidot.com/moni-osiou-serafeim Monastery of Osios Seraphim (Lebadeia)] (in Greek)
 
* [http://www.christopherklitou.com/6_may_seraphim_ascetic_of_mount_dompo_levadia_1602.jpg Icon of St Seraphim of Lebadeia]
 
* [http://www.christopherklitou.com/6_may_seraphim_ascetic_of_mount_dompo_levadia_1602.jpg Icon of St Seraphim of Lebadeia]
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St. Seraphim of Levadeia.

Saint Seraphim of Livadeia [1] or Seraphim the Struggler of Mount Domvu (b.1520- May 6,1602), was an ascetic from the area of Mount Dombos of Livadeia[2] in Greece who is commemorated by the church May 6.

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Life

His parents were respectable and pious christians who raised Seraphim accordingly. From a young age, he had a calling to the monastic life. One tradition notes that his mother noted that he would not breastfeed on Wednesdays and on Fridays.

As a child, he was educated in holy writing by the village teacher and this inspired a burning desire for him to pursue monasticism. He left the world early to pursue his ascetical vocation living in a cave at the Prophet Elias on Mount Karkara. There he built a chapel dedicated to the Saviour and spent his time in ascetism. However, he had frequent visitations from family and friends so he left this beloved cave and fled to the monastery of the Holy Unmercenaries Anargyroi.

He did not spend much time at this monastery for the same reasons and left for the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, located between Thebes and Evia. At this monastery, his ascetical works made him shone as a spiritual star and the abbot of this monastery quickly made him a monk and this is where he was given the name "Seraphim".

With the permission of the abbot, he left this monastery in order to avoid the reputation he was developing for his virtues and moved further west to a place called Domous. There he built another temple dedicated to the name of the Saviour, and some cells, and a community of monks quickly formed.

Seraphim stayed at this location for 10 years, working on virtuous projects, teaching students lessons in salvation and the Gospel. He spent the rest of his life as a hermit; foretelling his own death. He was 75 years old when he peacefully reposed in the Lord May 6, 1602 halfway through Pentecost in the sixth hour.

It is said that he performed many miracles during his life.


There is a monastery in Greece dedicated to this saint.

Hymns

Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος γ'. Θείας πίστεως.

Θείον βλάστημα, της Βοιωτίας, έμπνουν όργανον, της εγκράτειας, ανεδείχθης Σεραφείμ άξιάγαστε· συ γαρ Όσιων βαδίσας τοις ίχνεσιν, άρτιφανώς εν τω κόσμω έξέλαμψας· Πάτερ Όσιε, Χριστόν τον Θεόν ικέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ημίν το μέγα.

Notes

  1. Livadeia can also be spelt Lebadeia
  2. Livadeia is the capital of Viotia, or Boetia. Viotia is a Prefecture located in central Greece. Thebes is the next largest city of this prefecture.

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