Icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh is one of the most revered Orthodox shrines. The life of the Saint — an example of the true and right path that ultimately leads to God. The way of the righteous helps everyone who wants to ask for help from the Lord.
Sergius of Radonezh — one of the most important figures in Christianity. His name is known to every believer. He was praying the whole world, relying on his support and patronage for the redemption of all of the problems on the path of spiritual growth. There is no Orthodox man, who, while sincere prayer before the icon of the Martyr, would not have received gracious help.
History of the icon
The Russian Orthodox Church include Sergius among the most respected and revered saints. St. Sergius lived in 14th century, devoted himself to serving the Lord. He lived in piety, observing all the Biblical commandments. The Saint strictly adhered to the post and not violate the laws of God, teaching by his example of righteous people. Sergei did not recognize the laziness, always worked hard. He was kind to all people, helping the poor, and the poor.
As a young man, Sergius of Radonezh went to the forest alone. Away from the city and people he built a place where long lived and prayed daily to the Lord. His prayers were sent to God asking for protection of Russian lands and the support of the Russian people. Holy repeatedly refused offered him work in the Archdiocese of the Russian state, as despised politics. He lived a solitary life and serve only God.
During the life of the monk had helped many needy people revived their faith in Christ, was the encouragement and support in difficult moments. Due to his devotion and unwavering faith, he has earned the love of the Orthodox people and the respect of the Church. After the death of Sergius of Radonezh was among the Holy.
Where are the relics and icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh
A huge number of churches throughout Russia named in honor of the Holy Martyr Sergius of Radonezh. The Shrine with the image of the pious Sergius can be found in every Church of our homeland. Often Christians from all over the world come to Sergiev Posad to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, where the earliest icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh the relics of the Saint having miraculous power.
Description of the icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh
Traditionally, the Shrine icon painters depicted the Sergius of Radonezh, the Holy elder, or on a belt. It covers the shoulders of the robe of a monk. Robe of the novice is usually depicted in black or red color. In his left hand the monk holds a scroll symbolizing hunger for knowledge, and the other hand the monk with a gesture blesses the faithful people. All calls for Martyr fortitude, devotion, faith, meekness and diligence. Even when you look at the Shrine can be overcome pride and become better standing on the path of spiritual growth.
What helps the Holy image
Before the face of the Saint people pray for deliverance from vanity, pride and selfishness. A Martyr helps to overcome one of the most serious deadly sins — pride. Christians ask the prayers of St. Sergius of assistance in any earthly needs and wants. Often the Holy helps to resolve life’s difficulties, give virtuous tips and guides to the right path. Also, the Orthodox Martyr pray for healing of illnesses, recovery from various diseases and help in their studies.
The celebration of the
Officially for the veneration of the Holy allotted 4 day of the year, according to the holiday calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The first day is October 8 (old style September 25). This Holy day ended the life of the earth.
The second day is considered to be July 18 (July 5 old style). This date is considered special for the Orthodox faithful, as on this day there was discovered the relics of St. Sergius.
June 5 (may 23) — the third day, when Christians honor the Martyr. Each year on 5 June, people pay tribute to all the saints who have walked the path of the righteous in the Rostov-Yaroslavl land, including Sergius of Radonezh.
The fourth celebration in honor of the Saint is held on July 19 (old style 6 July). This day is known as the “Day in honor of Radonezh Cathedral”. It is celebrated on the day following the uncovering of the relics of St. Sergius.
Prayer before the icon
“Oh, Sergius! Hear our prayer sincere, pray for our souls before the Lord and ask about the omission of our sins. Deliver us from grief and suffering, instruct on the right path and not let me go from the road to a better life. Be for us a shield and sword. Don’t let fear and doubt consume us. Move away from our pride and vanity. Heal our bodies from diseases, and our souls free from malice and sorrow. Repent and ask for your support. Yes, we praise thy name. Let it be the will of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit. And forever and ever. Amen.”Sergius of Radonezh is the patron of all Orthodox people. Even after his death he remained in people’s memory as the man who committed the act of faith, have attained unity with the Lord. Prayers to him and to other saints, will become a kind of conductor of your words to God. Faced with the difficulties of face-to-face, you can rely on the help of Higher forces. We wish you good faith, be happy