July 19th 1903 – the Uncovering of the Holy Relics and Glorification of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.
In Geelong Victoria, at the Holy Monastery of the Mother of God Quick to Hear, we are blessed to have the Holy Relics of Saint Seraphim, and a Cave dedicated to him. On his Feast Day we celebrate Vespers and the Divine Liturgy in his Cave.
“When I am dead, come to me at my grave, and the more often the better. Whatever is in your Soul, whatever may have happened to you, come to me as when I was alive and kneeling on the ground, cast all your bitterness upon my grave. Tell me everything and I shall listen to you, and all the bitterness will fly away from you. And as you spoke to me when I was alive, do so now. For I am living and I shall be forever.”
Below is a photo of the Cell of Saint Seraphim and his most beloved Tenderness Icon of the Mother of God. Saint Seraphim Prayed before this Icon night and day, and would anoint people who were sick with the oil from the candle that burned before this Icon, and they received healing. Saint Seraphim called this Icon Joy of all joys, and would Pray to Our Most Holy Mother of God often saying “Fill my heart with joy, for you have received Joy and can heal all sorrow.” It is also before this Icon that Saint Seraphim received his Spiritual children in his cell. He would give the chair to his visitor to sit on, and he would sit on the tree stump.
Below are some personal belongings of Saint Seraphim including his winter and summer shoes, his axe, a piece of fur he would wear on his chest to protect him from the wind and frost, his winter hat, mittens, his white shirt and socks made by the Diveyevo Sisters, a large piece of the stone on which he Prayed for a thousand days and nights, and his most precious Cross from his mother.
“Acquiring the Spirit of God is the true aim of our Christian life, while Prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other good works done for Christ’s sake are merely means for acquiring the Spirit of God.”