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St. Seraphim of Vyritsa used to say that there are no better remedies than holy water and holy oil. In olden times everything people did they did with prayer.

εικονες κελίου του Αγίου Σεραφείμ Σαρωφ- Σωτήρος, της Παναγίας και Ιωάννη του Βαπτιστή_три келейные иконы Преподобного Серафима — Спасителя, Богома0_1172080112 (1)St. Seraphim of Vyritsa

Connect with your breath the sweetest name of Jesus, Father Seraphim seen in mental prayer invaluable tool for acquiring spiritual peace and salvation:
Even in the most difficult times, he who will occupy himself diligently with the Jesus prayer, ascending with the frequent invocation of the Son of God’s name in ceaseless prayer, will be able to be saved easily.

The Lord can wait even a thousand years for just one person to be saved for the number of angels who fell [i.e. the demons] to be made up.

Many spiritual children Vyritsa elder advised as often as possible to read the prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, “O Lord and Master of my life …” “In this prayer, the whole essence of Orthodoxy, the whole Gospel. She we ask the Lord for help to acquire the properties of the new man,” — said the priest.

”Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to judge my brother …” Sin condemnation Seraphim called one of the greatest spiritual ills of our time! “We have the right to judge but yourself. Even arguing about any man, we have unwittingly condemn it,” — said Vyritsa elder. He particularly recalled the inadmissibility of condemnation of the priesthood: “Personal human weakness can not take away the grace of ordination. During the sacraments the priest is only an instrument in God’s hands. Invisibly all sacraments makes Christ himself. Whatever sinful father, even if he is prepared to fire gehenna only light through it, we can get permission from our own sins. “

There will come a time when not the persecutions but money and the goods of this world will take people far from God. Then many more souls will be lost than in the time of the persecutions. On the one hand, they will be putting gold on the domes and will put the crosses on them and, on the other hand, everywhere evil and falsehood will reign. The true Church will always be persecuted. They who want to be saved will be saved with illnesses and afflictions. The way in which the persecutions will occur will be very sly and it will be very difficult for one to foresee the persecutions. Dreadful will be that time; I pity those who will be living then.”

Always give thanks for everything, even for the afflictions to the Lord and the Panaghia.

St. Seraphim of Viritsa, Life-Miracles-Prophecies of Saint Seraphim of Viritsa: The New Saint of Orthodox Russian Church 1866-1949


ΣΕΡΑΦΕΙΜ ΒΙΡΙΤΣΑ_Σεραφείμ Βίριτσα_Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa_Преп. Серафим, Вырицкий__αγ.σεραφ.βιριτσα εικ. 19St. Seraphim of Vyritsa always recommended his spiritual children to sprinkle raw and cooked food with holy Theophany water, which, according to him, “consecrates everything all on its own.” Whenever anyone fell seriously ill, St. Seraphim would bless them to take a tablespoonful of holy water hourly. He used to say that there are no better remedies than holy water and holy oil.

St. Seraphim of Vyritsa: Many times we become sick because we do not pray before beginning our food and we do not seek from God to bless it. In olden times everything people did they did with prayer. They prayed when they plowed the earth, in the sowing they prayed; they also prayed when they harvested the fruits. We today do not know who produces these things we are eating, and many times we do not know who is cooking our food. These people may be cursing and blaspheming, when they are cooking it. For this reason it would be good before eating our food to throw some holy water on it.
All these things which we use for food are God’s gifts to people. Through them all of nature and the noetic world of angels serve man. For this reason each time we sit down to eat, we should pray with much diligence.

Saint Luke of Crimea advised, “Drink holy water as often as possible. It is the best and the most effective medicine. I’m saying that not just as a priest but also from my experience as a doctor.”

Troparion of Saint Seraphim of Virits

As all-bright star of Russian land / You shone on Vyritsa highland holy monk Seraphim / And led by the power of Holy Spirit / You spiritually illumined our land with the light of your wonders / Therefore hurrying to your grave / We call with love / Pray to God Christ for salvation of our souls.

The power of oil lamp of the Theotokos and all the saints. Saint Niphon Bishop of Constantiane, in Algeria of Africa

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