I mentioned earlier that I am re-reading a book
on St. Seraphim of Sarov;
I read this footnote about the icon of the Mother of God
that St. Seraphim loved
and it made me wonder:
"The Virgin Mary is represented at the moment of
uttering her Fiat; with lowered eyes she is
very humbly listening to the archangel's words.
We know that Father Seraphim was never
separated from this icon and that he died
kneeling in prayer before it*."
We had liturgy today for
the Entrance of the Lord into the Temple
and afterwards I asked my spiritual father
about this icon
(I had just made and framed another one)
and he said that this icon is either
the exact one that St. Seraphim had or
"a close cousin."
I was overjoyed to hear this!
I have a copy that I can see from where I am typing this,
such a gift!
Here's another quote from the book:
"...the icon of the Virgin of Tenderness...the Staretz named
this icon 'Joy of all joys' and he loved to call himself
He used to sing the Easter hymns before her:
'Rise, shine, O new Jerusalem,
for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you...' ***
Eat Anything Week
is a really special week.
I know at one monastery the nuns,
get to rest in their rooms and be quiet;
a refreshment before the start of Lent.
I am seeking to keep this in mind
as I go through this week;
I find reading again of the life of St. Seraphim
to be really refreshing.
And I am letting myself have a few
chocolate chip cookies
(homemade with butter)
and am soon to prepare a beef roast for the slow cooker.
May St. Seraphim and the Mother of God's prayers
protect us as we go towards another
*page 24 footnote 1
**Thanks again to Jodie Anna who has this icon on her blog
and is where I first saw it
***page 49, in the paragraph under the heading
"The Dower of the Queen of Heaven"