Saint Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Parish Adelaide
The Orthodox Parish of saint seraphim of Sarov, began in 2014 as a clergy- lay initiative by committed Orthodox Christians, and is supported by those who are zealous to bring the true Universal Orthodox Faith to all. We are modern Australians – a fraternity of Orthodox lay people, monastics and clergy, from many nations and backgrounds. The Mission is open to all – from every nation and background – we are not ethno-specific.Saint Seraphim Orthodox Parish in Adelaide is under the administrative and Spiritual guidance of the Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand (HOCMANZ). Saint Seraphim Orthodox parish is an English Speaking Orthodox parish following the Julian calendar.
August 1 and January 15 (July 19 and January 2 old calendar)
Saint Seraphim of Sarov was one of the greatest Russian ascetics and wonderworkers, with profound spiritual discernment. He was distinguished by a great humility. When being praised by all the world, he referred to himself as "the poor wretch Seraphim."
Saint Seraphim (Prochoros Moshnin in the world) was born to a merchant family living in Kursk. At the age of 10 he fell seriously ill. In a dream during his illness he saw the Mother of God, who promised to heal him. Several days later a procession with the miracle-working Kursk icon of Theotokos changed its usual route due to bad weather and was passing by the house of the Moshnins. After Seraphim's mother took him to kiss the icon, he started to get better very quickly. While young, Seraphim had to help his parents in their store, but he was not interested in trade. Young Seraphim liked to read the Lives of Saints, to go to church and to pray in seclusion.