July 19 Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov

Read about the Uncovering of the Relics of St. Seraphim here

The glorification of St Seraphim of Sarov (January 2), took place in 1903, seventy years after his repose. 

In 1991, St Seraphim’s relics were rediscovered after being hidden in a Soviet anti-religious museum for seventy years. Widely esteemed in his lifetime, St Seraphim is one of the most beloved saints of the Orthodox Church.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Seraphim from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O Lord, open Thou mine unworthy lips and grant me an utterance of knowledge, that I may worthily hymn the memory of the blessed Seraphim, who with the angels doth now pray to Thee to deliver us from every grievous circumstance.

Thou wast a great intercessor before the Theotokos, O venerable one, and wast vouchsafed to behold her with the apostles. And now, cease not to visit thy children with thy prayers.

From thy youth, O venerable one, thou didst surrender thyself in mind unto the Lord, and having subdued the passions of thy body through rigorous abstinence, thou wast adorned with every virtue, O most wise one.

Standing before God with the angels in thy prayer, O venerable one, pray thou for the whole world, that the assaults of the enemy be overcome and that Orthodox Christians be granted victory over their adversaries.

From thy youth thou didst cleave with faith and love unto the Master of the hosts on high, O venerable Seraphim; and, shining forth like the sun in the wilderness of Sarov, thou wast a comfort to them that approached thee in sorrow. Pray thou that we be saved!

To them that pray unto thee, thou hast been shown to be an unshakeable pillar and a refuge for them that have recourse unto the Monastery of Sarov, and abundant grace for them that receive healings.

Today the Monastery of Sarov doth radiantly celebrate thy memory, O venerable one, and doth beg thee: Ask of the Lord peace for the whole world and great mercy for our souls!

In thy great struggles didst thou flourish like a palm tree, O venerable one, sweetening the hearts of them that have recourse unto thee with fruitful words and a blameless life. Wherefore, do thou now pray that we obtain mercy from Christ our Savior!

By thy prayers entreat God for us, O venerable Seraphim, and drive away the sinful darkness of our grief. Adorn with dispassion, faith and love all that honor thy most glorious memory!

Unto all that come to thee hast thou been a true teacher and a great intercessor before the Theotokos. And now, O venerable one, cease not to pray for thy children, for thou hast great boldness.

Let the Christian people now enter into the temple of the Monastery of Sarov, bowing down before thy precious relics, O venerable Seraphim, and, glorifying Christ, let them ask healing and salvation of thee.

The invisible enemy desired to affright thee when thou wast praying to God at night, O venerable one. But, put to shame by thy prayer, the most wicked one vanished.

Thy holy soul was an abode of God, wherein the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit did dwell. Wherefore, we pray thee, O venerable one, dispel the slanders of the enemy from them that honor thee, and grant peace to the suffering land of Russia.

O venerable Seraphim, we honor thy great struggles and labors in the wilderness and the sweetness of thy teaching, whereby thou hast enlightened many that have come to thee and taught them to hymn the consubstantial Trinity.

Following after Christ the Master in purity of life, thou didst complete the good race, O venerable one. Having ascended to the eternal mansions, thou dost behold there what the angels see. Wherefore, honoring thy memory, we glorify Christ.

Wondrously was thy life shown to be full of the grace of the divine Spirit, O venerable one. Truly thou didst receive the blessed end of the righteous, rejoicing in Christ, and we cry out to Him that hath glorified thee: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Gathering together at thy holy monastery today, a multitude of people doth bow down before thy precious relics, O venerable Seraphim, and we all draw forth healings therefrom, crying out unceasingly: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

This report hath gone out into all the world, that a most glorious wonderworker hath appeared in Sarov, pouring forth a multitude of healings upon all that with faith approach and cry out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Having subdued the passions of the flesh and died to the world, thou didst receive the words of eternal life in thy heart, O blessed one, teaching all that had recourse unto thee to cry out: O ye works, praise ye the Lord, and exalt Him supremely forever!

At the glorification of thy precious relics, O venerable one, the Monastery of Sarov was filled with joy. And all the people cried out unto God Who is wondrous in His saints: O ye works, praise ye the Lord, and exalt Him supremely for ever!

Being filled with the grace of the divine Spirit, O venerable Seraphim, through thy prayers beg remission of sins for the faithful people that keep thy holy memory and cry out: Ye children, bless; ye priests, praise; ye people, exalt the Lord supremely for ever!

Accept, and disdain not, our small tribute, offered unto thee from unworthy lips, O venerable one. Sanctify all that glorify thee, and deliver us from misfortunes, dangers and eternal torments, that we may hymn thee forever.

Manfully enduring the heat of the day and the cold of night in the solitude of the wilderness, thou wast an abode of the Wisdom of God, and didst hasten toward the unwaning radiance. Pray thou that we be saved!

This day is the monastery glorified, wherein thou didst consent to take upon thyself the yoke of Christ; for there didst thou spend thy days in the wilderness; and, enlightening by thy teachings the many that came unto thee, thou didst teach them to be children of the Church of Christ.