St. Seraphim of Sarov: “They must be cared for first”

St. Seraphim of Sarov made a friend wait all day. In the paragraph from Valentine Zander’s book “St. Seraphim of Sarov,” accessed by means of the long web address listed below, this is explained. Note- Scroll up to the beginning of the paragraph, and starting from On another day,” read the paragraph. And more, if you like.,M1

St. SeraphimSt. Seraphim was Christlike. For just as Christ, in His parable on the great supper, when the invited guests didn’t show up, directed invitations to be issued to people with disabilities and troubles first, St. Seraphim does likewise. (St. Luke 14:16-24)

Kontakion of St. Seraphim, Tone 2

“Having left the beauty of the world and what is corrupt in it, O saint, thou didst settle in Sarov Monastery.  And having lived there an angelic life, thou wast for many the way to salvation.  Wherefore Christ has glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, and has enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles. And so we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Seraphim, our righteous Father.”

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reprinted from October 2007


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