St. Seraphim of Sarov and the Confederacy
Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:14 PM
My priest, while visiting some place in Russia, came across some Russian literature that described a posthumous appearance of St. Seraphim of Sarov, presumably to his close disciple N.A. Motovilov. In this appearance (some time in the 1860s), St. Seraphim told Motovilov that Lincoln was "an evil man" and that Motovilov should send a particular icon of the Mother of God to President Jefferson Davis in Richmond.
I think my priest's daughter may still actually have that account in Russian, and I may be able to get her to translate it. If I do, I'll try to convince her to let me post it on here. In the meantime, if anyone has heard of this I would appreciate any leads.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:49 PM
Sergius and Tamara Fomin, Rossia pered Vtorym Prishestviem (Russia before the Second Coming), Moscow: Rodnik, 1994, vol. I, p. 343.
On the day following the assassination (of Lincoln), April 15, Nicholas Motivolov wrote to Tsar Alexander II informing him that he had received the following revelation from St. Seraphim of Sarov on April 1 about the death of Abraham Lincoln:
“The Lord and the Mother of God not only do not like the terrible oppression, destruction and unrighteous humiliation that is being wrought everywhere with us in Russia by the Decembrists and raging abolitionists : the goodness of God is also thoroughly displeased by the offences caused by Lincoln and the North Americans to the slave-owners of the Southern States, and so Batiushka Father Seraphim has ordered that the image of the Mother of God the Joy of all who Sorrow should be sent to the President of the Southern – that is, precisely the slave-owning States. And he has ordered that the inscription be attached to it : TO THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF LINCOLN… ”
January 1/14, 2012.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:50 PM
Also, I like and respect Fr Andrew, however, I think that here he goes a little far afield in his evaluation of history. Certainly I am not one to say that the US is God's gift to the world (in fact quite the opposite), however, I don't think that we are quite the monster that Fr Andrew paints us to be.
Fr David Moser
Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:21 PM
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