All of us who dwell in the arid desert of these secular times and who long for refreshing spiritual drink will appreciate the ‘cup’ which brings us this life-giving water-namely, this very book. As well as telling the story of St. Seraphim of Sarov in a way that brings the saint powerfully before us, the book also includes an introduction to Fr. Lazarus (who himself should be the subject of such a biography), the history of the manuscript, an index, the Prayer Rules of St. Seraphim, and various prayers, including an Akathist to the saint himself. Anaphora Press has done the Church a great service in bringing this ‘cup of cold water’ to us thirsty souls. –Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley, St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley, B.C. Author of The Bible Study Companion Series
This inspirational and engaging Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov combines attention to historical accuracy with a strong emphasis on classic spirituality through the saint’s advice and way of life. The practical counsels imparted in this book are appropriate not only for monastics but also those of us living in the world. St. Seraphim offers a precious reminder of one of the chief gifts of the Spirit: joy. Beautifully written and artfully presented, this book is a must-have in every Orthodox library. –Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou, Theology and Rel. Studies, Univ. of San Diego, Searching the Scriptures podcast on Ancient Faith Radio
I am delighted to learn this biography of St Seraphim is coming back to print. This work of Father Lazarus was an important component in my own formation as an Orthodox Christian, so I hope this new edition will be met with the enthusiasm it very much deserves. –Father Patrick Henry Reardon All Saints Orthodox Church Chicago, IL; Touchstone Magazine; Author of Christ in the Psalms
This is the definitive biography in English of one of the most famous and best-loved saints of the Orthodox Christian church. Russian by birth, St. Seraphim, (c. 1759-1833) has often been compared with St. Francis of Asissi in the West, both being known largely for their unique relationships to animals and their palpable love of all people. Beyond granting us a rich telling of this man s luminous life, Fr. Lazarus Moore additionally opens the door to the eastern Christian spirituality of the Orthodox church, often still unknown in English-speaking countries. From firsthand accounts of mystical and miraculous experiences, to deep discussions of spiritual practices and theology, the very detailed account of St. Seraphim s life is a must-read for any student of spiritualilty or person of faith. Clearly, this is not a biography in the ordinary sense. Fr. Lazarus interaction with the flame of Sarov is felt on every page. It is as though he were at St. Seraphim s side, learning from his Elder s acts and words. St. Seraphim is not only set before our eyes, but is brought into our very hearts. Fr. Lazarus leads us to an invocation of the Saint himself; we feel his presence and receive a taste of that extraordinary peace, sweetness and joy for which he is known and loved by so many. The body of this book is identical to that published in 1994 by New Sarov Press (now defunct) under the title: St. Seraphim of Sarov: A Spiritual Biography; However, this present edition has an entirely new design and offers a number of new features: a foreword by Bishop Hilarion of the ROCOR diocese; original artwork; added footnotes and editorial notes; a reflection on Fr. Lazarus Moore by his caregiver at the end of his life; a history and technical notes on the manuscript; a collection of St. Seraphim’s Prayer Rules given to his spiritual children; and an Akathist Hymn to St. Seraphim translated by Fr. Lazarus.