Seraphim of Vyritsa

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The new saint of the Orthodox Russian Church, St. '''Seraphim of Viritsa''' (1866-1949) is one of about 1200 saints whom the Hierarchical Synod of the Orthodox Church of Russia proclaimed in 2000 AD. He is a contemporary sanctified figure adorned especially with the gift of prophecy and miracle working. He is renouned for a letter that he sent to his spiritual child, a bishop, who was in a Soviet prison at that time; this homily is written as a consolation and counsel to the bishop to let him know that God the Creator, addresses to the soul of man.
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[[File:0321 Serafim.jpg|right|thumb|Icon of St. Seraphim of Vyritsa.]]
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Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''Seraphim of Vyritsa''' (1866-1949) is a monastic known especially for his gifts of [[prophecy]] and [[miracle]]-working. He is also known for a letter that he sent to his spiritual child, a bishop who was in a Soviet prison at that time; this homily "[[This was from me]]" is written as a consolation and counsel to the bishop to let him know that God the Creator addresses to the soul of man. He is one of about 1200 persons whom the Hierarchical Synod of the Orthodox [[Church of Russia]] proclaimed [[saint]]s in 2000 AD. St. Seraphim is commemorated by the Church on [[March 21]].
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==Life==
 
==Life==
The new St. Seraphim, of Viritsa was born Basil Mouraviov in 1866; he married and had three children. Before agreeing with his wife to separate and enter into the monastic life, he once saw a dream which he later related to his spiritual father, monk Barnabas of the Gethsemane Skete. In this dream, he was on a pilgrimage to visit a monastery of St. Nicholas and on the way there he lost his way and ventured into a forest. In the forest, an old man asked him for directions to that same monastery; the old man had a satchel on his back and an axe in his hand. He realised that this man was St. [[Serpahim of Sarov]]. The old man sat under a tree and was very soon joined by Basil's very own spiritual father, Barnabas. In this vision, even though Basil could see that he was sitting inbetween both fathers, he could not hear the discussion they were having.  
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St. Seraphim of Viritsa was born Basil Mouraviov in 1866; he [[marriage|married]] and had three children. Before agreeing with his wife to separate and enter into the [[monastic]] life, he once saw a dream which he later related to his [[spiritual father]], [[monk]] Barnabas of the Gethsemane [[Skete]]. In this dream, he was on a [[pilgrimage]] to visit a [[monastery]] of St. Nicholas and on the way there he lost his way and ventured into a forest. In the forest, an old man asked him for directions to that same monastery; the old man had a satchel on his back and an axe in his hand. He realised that this man was St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]]. The old man sat under a tree and was very soon joined by Basil's very own spiritual father, Barnabas. In this vision, even though Basil could see that he was sitting between both fathers, he could not hear the discussion they were having.  
  
At the age of 54, in 1920, he and his wife quietly separated and entered the [[monastic]] life. His wife entered the female monastery of the all Holy Virgin Mary of Iveron of St. Petersburg and adopted the name "Christina" when tonsured a nun. He entered the Lavra of St. Alexander Nevsky as a novice, in September of 1920, and a month later was [[tonsured]] a monk taking on the name of "Barnabas". He was ordained a [[deacon]] soon after and on [[August 29]] of 1921, Father Barnabas was ordained a presbyter by Metropolitan Benjamin Kazanski.
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At the age of 54, in 1920, he and his wife quietly separated and entered the monastic life. His wife entered the female monastery of the All-Holy Virgin Mary of Iviron of St. Petersburg and adopted the name "Christina" when tonsured a nun. He entered the Lavra of St. Alexander Nevsky as a novice in September of 1920, and a month later was [[tonsure]]d a monk, taking on the name of "Barnabas." He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] soon after, and on [[August 29]], 1921, Barnabas was ordained a [[presbyter]] by [[Metropolitan]] Benjamin Kazanski.
  
He was renamed "Seraphim" in 1927, in honour of St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]], when he entered the Great Habit. He eventually became the spiritual father of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, where, as a clairvoyant staretz, he also confessed thousands of laity. He said, “I am the storage room where people’s afflictions gather.In imitation of his patron saint, he prayed for a thousand nights on a rock before an icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov. He reposed in the Lord in 1949 and the Church of Russia glorified him in August of 2000.
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He was renamed "Seraphim" in 1927, in honour of St. Seraphim of Sarov, when he entered the Great Habit. He eventually became the spiritual father of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, where, as a clairvoyant [[geronta|staretz]], he also [[confession|confessed]] thousands of [[laity]]. He said, "I am the storage room where people's afflictions gather." In imitation of his [[patron saint]], he [[prayer|prayed]] for a thousand nights on a rock before an [[icon]] of St. Seraphim of Sarov. He reposed in the Lord in 1949, and the [[Church of Russia]] glorified him in August of 2000.
  
==External Sources==
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==See also==
*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/saint-seraphim-of-viritsa-this-was-from-me.aspx St. Seraphim of Viritsa] – Orthodox Info website
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*[[This was from me]]
*[http://www.geekorthodox.org/saint-seraphim-of-viritsa ] Greek Orthodox dot Org
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/stseraphimofviritsa.aspx Excerpts from ''The New Saint of the Russian Church, Seraphim of Viritsa''] translated from the Greek by Fr. Nicholas Palis
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*[http://www.geekorthodox.org/saint-seraphim-of-viritsa Saint Seraphim of Viritsa]
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*[http://www.impantokratoros.gr/6B9733D4.en.aspx Spiritual Heritage of Father Seraphim]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/saint-seraphim-of-viritsa-this-was-from-me.aspx Saint Seraphim of Viritsa's Spiritual Testament: "This Was From Me"] by Metropolitan Manuel Lemeshevsky
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103710 Venerable Seraphim of Virits] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://www.impantokratoros.gr/AF9DAB7D.en.aspx Counsels οf Saint Seraphim οf Viritsa]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:52, October 23, 2012

Icon of St. Seraphim of Vyritsa.

Our venerable and God-bearing Father Seraphim of Vyritsa (1866-1949) is a monastic known especially for his gifts of prophecy and miracle-working. He is also known for a letter that he sent to his spiritual child, a bishop who was in a Soviet prison at that time; this homily "This was from me" is written as a consolation and counsel to the bishop to let him know that God the Creator addresses to the soul of man. He is one of about 1200 persons whom the Hierarchical Synod of the Orthodox Church of Russia proclaimed saints in 2000 AD. St. Seraphim is commemorated by the Church on March 21.

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Life

St. Seraphim of Viritsa was born Basil Mouraviov in 1866; he married and had three children. Before agreeing with his wife to separate and enter into the monastic life, he once saw a dream which he later related to his spiritual father, monk Barnabas of the Gethsemane Skete. In this dream, he was on a pilgrimage to visit a monastery of St. Nicholas and on the way there he lost his way and ventured into a forest. In the forest, an old man asked him for directions to that same monastery; the old man had a satchel on his back and an axe in his hand. He realised that this man was St. Seraphim of Sarov. The old man sat under a tree and was very soon joined by Basil's very own spiritual father, Barnabas. In this vision, even though Basil could see that he was sitting between both fathers, he could not hear the discussion they were having.

At the age of 54, in 1920, he and his wife quietly separated and entered the monastic life. His wife entered the female monastery of the All-Holy Virgin Mary of Iviron of St. Petersburg and adopted the name "Christina" when tonsured a nun. He entered the Lavra of St. Alexander Nevsky as a novice in September of 1920, and a month later was tonsured a monk, taking on the name of "Barnabas." He was ordained a deacon soon after, and on August 29, 1921, Barnabas was ordained a presbyter by Metropolitan Benjamin Kazanski.

He was renamed "Seraphim" in 1927, in honour of St. Seraphim of Sarov, when he entered the Great Habit. He eventually became the spiritual father of the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, where, as a clairvoyant staretz, he also confessed thousands of laity. He said, "I am the storage room where people's afflictions gather." In imitation of his patron saint, he prayed for a thousand nights on a rock before an icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov. He reposed in the Lord in 1949, and the Church of Russia glorified him in August of 2000.

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