Seraphim of Livadeia

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St Seraphim is unknown to the church Synaxaristes but is documented in a service in Aigina in 1828, conducted by Bishop Talantios Neophytos Metaxas, that was later published in Athens in 1855 and revised in 1885.
 
St Seraphim is unknown to the church Synaxaristes but is documented in a service in Aigina in 1828, conducted by Bishop Talantios Neophytos Metaxas, that was later published in Athens in 1855 and revised in 1885.
  
His parents were respectable and raised Seraphim in a pious life. From a young age, he had a calling to the monastic life and 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 soon quickly left from that monastery and headed to the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, which was located between Thebes and Evia.  
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His parents were respectable and raised Seraphim in a pious life. From a young age, he had a calling to the monastic life and 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.  
  
'There elampse spiritual as the first magnitude star and made him abbot monk with the name Seraphim, and later the ministry and senior ordainment. But to avoid the reputation of virtues, with the permission of the abbot, that he left the monastery and went west of the site Helicon Domos. There he built the temple in the name of Christ, and some cells, get some monks, which remained there for 10 years, by virtue projects and teaching students of the salutary lessons of the unique life of the Gospel. This hermit state once lived and died peacefully after notice-of-death on 6 May 1602 Mesopentikostis the day. He lived all 75 years. It is said that he made several miracles.
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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.
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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Seraphim stayed at this location for 10 years, working on virtuous projects, teaching students lessons in salvation and the Gospel.
  
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He spent the rest of his life as a hermit and foretelling his own death, he died peacefully [[May 6]], 1602 halfway through Pentecost. He was 75 years old when he died. It is said that he performed many miracles during his life.
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==Hymns==
 
Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος γ'. Θείας πίστεως.
 
Απολυτίκιο. Ήχος γ'. Θείας πίστεως.
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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
 
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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Saint Seraphim of Lebadeia, (b.1520- May 6,1602) was an ascetic from the area of Mount Dombos of Lebadeia in Greece who is commemorated by the church May 6.

Life

St Seraphim is unknown to the church Synaxaristes but is documented in a service in Aigina in 1828, conducted by Bishop Talantios Neophytos Metaxas, that was later published in Athens in 1855 and revised in 1885.

His parents were respectable and raised Seraphim in a pious life. From a young age, he had a calling to the monastic life and 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 and foretelling his own death, he died peacefully May 6, 1602 halfway through Pentecost. He was 75 years old when he died. It is said that he performed many miracles during his life.

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

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