This iconographic drawing was donated to the monastery by a friend. It depicts St. Seraphim the 19th Century monk of Sarov, who was canonized early in the 20th Century. St. Seraphim was a model for monastics: He began his life as a "regular" monk, helping out with normal monastery duties and chores as well as taking his place in chapel. Eventually, he was given permission by his abbot to pursue a calling to greater solitude. He spent years alone, with the wild animals of the forest as companions. During this time, he spent days praying while kneeling on a rock in a way remeniscent of the early Stylite saints of the Church.
After being severely beaten by robbers, he eventually returned to the monastery in obedience to his abbot. He then began his public ministry, greeting everyone with "Christ is Risen" and "My Joy." There is a famous story of his being seen shining with the uncreated light of Tabor. He is known far beyond the borders of his native Russia as a powerful intercessor before God.
St. Seraphim's famous saying: "Acquire the spirit of peace, and a thousand souls will be saved around you." is printed on the back of this design.
Available as Note Folders with saying on the inside front cover, in dozens and half-dozens.
4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
or as Bookmarks with the saying on the reverse.
3 1/8" X 4 1/8"
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