Icon of St. Ven. Sergius of Radonezh (17th cent.)

Icon of St. Ven. Sergius of Radonezh (17th cent.)
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St. PRP. Sergius Of Radonezh


 
Direct print on linden panel.

The icon ct. Sergius' Trinity Laura; it was painted by Simon Ushakov. The image is kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery.
Venerable Sergius was born on May 3, 1314 in the vicinity of the city of Rostov to a pious and well-off family. The baby was named Bartholomew. From his very early days, Ven. Sergius surprised everyone by his disposition to fasting, as he refused his mother's milk on Wednesdays and Fridays. Learning to read and write proved difficult for him. Once in a field, under an oak tree, he met an angel in the guise of a monk, who blessed the boy and promised to grant him the capability to study and understand the Holy Scriptures. From that time on, the youth easily read and understood books. He never missed a single church service kept praying and undertook strict fasting. Some time later, having buried their parents, Bartholomew and his brother Stephan secluded in a forest, where the monastery in the name of St. Trinity was eventually established. Bartholomew was tonsured under the name of Sergius and became the Hegumen of the monastery some time after that. Already in his lifetime, Ven. Sergius was gifted with miracle working. Once he resurrected a dead youth, and different diseases were cured through his prayers. St. Sergius prophesied Dmitry Donskoy's victory in the Kulikovo battle. The Saint was blessed by visioning the Mother of God, who promised to him the protection of his monastery. Venerable Sergius reposed on September 25, 1392, after blessing his disciple, Nikon, to become the next Hegumen.


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