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Blessed Saint Seraphim of Sarov Wonder-worker

Blessed Saint Seraphim of Sarov Wonder-worker Святой Преподобный Серафим Саровский Чудотворец

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Russia is rich in holy men,

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that constantly pray for us.

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On the blessed elder Seraphim.

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Listen children, here is my story.

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There lived in Kursk a boy called Prokhor.

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His father built churches with his son by his side.

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Once he fell from the bell tower in front of his mother's eyes but escaped unhurt.

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Another miracle.

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Once when Prokhor was unwell, the Mother of God appeared to him

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and whilst venerating the image of the saint, the child was cured that very hour.

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His Mother brought up her son to grow in piety.

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When he left the home that was so close to his heart.

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Agatha crossed him

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and Prokhor left for the monastery in Sarov.

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Through prayer, abstinence and patience he sought salvation but fell grievously ill.

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He lay there for three years. Suddenly, with her blessing, the Immaculate appeared to him.

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She stood in front of his bed. Behind her, he saw the apostles.

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"This is one of our kind," she said.

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And Prokhor was miraculously healed.

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And the name Seraphim, which means "fire", was given to him when he became a monk

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because of his ardent faith and service.

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The angels prayed with him.

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During the service, standing on the pulpit,

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"Forever" - a young deacon said,

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and he saw a shining tunic

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and through the air Jesus Christ came to him!

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Praying God blesses!

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and the angels in heaven gathered round.

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and his heart melted like candle wax,

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and Seraphim suddenly froze on the spot.

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Rousing himself, he spoke about the vision

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but became silent. He went to live in seclusion

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in the depths of the forest

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and enjoyed the heavenly food.

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Time was spent working, praying, reading Psalms

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and the Bible.

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Bears came to the Hermit,

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and the priest fed and stroked them.

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He won the battle against the villainous race of demons.

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Praying on a rock for a thousand nights,

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the world did not know about the righteous Sarov,

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peaceful of mind and heart aflame.

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Always in sandals and an old coat,

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an icon in the cell, nothing more.

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The peasants, having decided to rob him,

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Attacked and wounded him terribly.

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The monk didn't resist the villains

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although he was strong and was holding an axe.

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The thieves escaped. He was barely alive.

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For eight days he lay severely tortured.

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Again, the Blessed Virgin healed him.

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The robbers were caught and brought to him.

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But the Father forgave them all, without anger.

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And the sinners repented and were gone.

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Although he was bent and crippled,

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he still ardently loved everyone in the world.

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Sarov elder spoke at the meeting:

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"Christ is Risen, my joy!"

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Insight, consolation and advice all served to heal the sick.

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A miracle occurred to him at the same time,

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In prayer, he soared above the earth.

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Sarov was organizer and guardian

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of the Fourth Mother's of God appanage -

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of the Diveevo convent for nuns.

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He constantly nurtured them.

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Once, he prayed with

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a sister of Diveevo.

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In the glow of Her Holy Presence,

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the Pure One stood in front of him.

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Behind her stood twelve maidens with crowns.

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And the Mother of God said quietly:

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"You will soon, my loved one, are going to be with us"

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The elder thought: "Soon my candle will burn out"

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He predicted about his death that it will "start with a fire".

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And his soul departed to the Father and the Son.

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He knelt motionless

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And soft light shone from his holy face

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And everyone knew that it was a saint that had fallen asleep.

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In the church, the Bishop of Voronezh

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said to the gathering at the tomb:

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"All of us are like penny candles"

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"But the candle of his holy life is like many pounds."

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"We will hear again when we meet:"

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"Christ is Risen, my joy!"

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Defender of the people, our father eternally.

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The fire of his prayer isn't extinguished.

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O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

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Save, O Christ, have mercy on us sinners!

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Богата Русь людьми святыми,

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Что неустанно молятся за нас.

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О благодатном старце Серафиме

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Послушайте, ребята, мой рассказ.

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Жил в Курске мальчик Прохор,

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Строил храмы его отец, и сын был рядом с ним.

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Раз с колокольни на глазах у мамы упал он, но остался невредим.

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Другое чудо.

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К Прохору больному явилась Божья Матерь как-то раз

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и, приложившись к образу святому, ребенок исцелился в тот же час.

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Мать сына в благочестии растила.

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Когда он покидал родимый кров,

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Агафия его перекрестилa,

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И Прохор в монастырь ушел, в Саров.

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Молитвой, воздержаньем, терпеньем спасался он, но тяжко занемог.

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Лежал три года. Вдруг с благословеньем Пречистая вступила на порог.

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Вот Дева у его постели встала. Апостолов за Нею видит он.

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"Сей рода нашего" - Она сказала.

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И Прохор был чудесно исцелен.

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И "огненный" дано при постриженьи монаху имя, то есть Серафим,

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За пламенную веру и служенье.

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И ангелы молились вместе с ним.

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Во время службы, стоя на амвоне,

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"Во веки" - юный дьякон произнес,

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И он узрел: в сияющем хитоне

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К нему идет по воздуху Христос.

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Молящихся Господь благословляет!

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И ангелы небесные вокруг.

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И сердце, словно воск горячий, тает,

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И Серафим застыл на месте вдруг.

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Очнувшись, он поведал о виденье,

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Но замолчал. И стал в глуши лесной

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В пустынной келье жить в уединеньи

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И радоваться пище неземной.

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В трудах, молитвах, в чтении Псалтиря

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И Библии он время проводил.

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К пустыннику медведи приходили,

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И батюшка ласкал их и кормил.

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Он победил гнуснейший род бесовский,

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Молясь на камне тысячу ночей,

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И мир не знал, о праведник Саровский,

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Ума смиренней, сердца горячей.

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Всегда в лаптях и стареньком кафтане,

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Икона в кельи, больше ничего.

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Но обокрасть решив его, крестьяне

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Напали и изранили всего.

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Монах злодеям не сопротивлялся,

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Хоть был силен. В руках топор держал.

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Сбежали воры. Он чуть жив остался.

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И в тяжких муках восемь дней лежал.

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Вновь исцелила Пресвятая Дева.

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Грабителей поймали, привели.

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Но батюшка им все простил, без гнева.

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И грешники, покаявшись, ушли,

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Хоть он с тех пор был сгорблен, покалечен,

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Но всех на свете пламенно любя,

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Саровский старец говорил при встрече:

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"Христос воскресе, радосте моя!"

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Прозреньем, утешеньем и советом он всем служил, болящих исцелял.

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И чудо совершалось с ним при этом,

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В молитве над землей он воспарял.

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И женскую в Дивееве обитель -

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Четвертый Богородицы удел

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Устраивал Саровский попечитель.

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Всечастно о насельницах радел.

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Раз случай был: с дивеевской сестрою

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Молился преподобный Серафим.

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В сиянии со свитою святою

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Пречистая явилась перед Ним.

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За Ней стоят двеннадцать дев с венцами.

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И Божья Матерь тихо говорит:

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"Ты скоро, мой любимче, будешь с нами"

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Подумал старец: "Скоро догорит моя свеча"

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И про свою кончину: "Откроется пожаром" - предсказал.

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И отошла душа к Отцу и Сыну.

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Он на коленях недвижим стоял,

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И тихий свет был от святого лика

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И все узнали: праведник почил.

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И в храме так воронежский владыка

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Собравшимся у гроба говорил:

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"Мы с вами все - копеечные свечи.

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Свеча его святого жития - пудовая.

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Услышим вновь при встрече:

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Христос воскресе, радосте моя!"

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Заступник людям, батюшка и ныне.

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Огонь его молитвы не угас.

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О Господи Иисусе, Божий Сыне,

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Спаси, Христос, помилуй грешных нас!