By St. Justin Popovich
In explicit, many miracles had been carried out by the Venerables Sergius and Nikon in the course of the siege of the Trinity Monastery by the Poles below the management of Lisowski and Sapieha, once they skilled many miseries from the enemy. Saint Nikon and Venerable Sergius usually appeared collectively not solely to the besieged, encouraging them and strengthening them with the hope of God’s assist, but additionally to the enemies who had been besieging the Lavra, scary them and threatening them with the wrath of God. Many of the besieged, and their navy commanders, noticed two luminous elders strolling on the monastery ramparts, particularly Sergius and Nikon: one incensed the ramparts with a censer and the opposite sprinkled them with holy water.
Once, in the course of the siege of the monastery, ailments appeared among the many besieged attributable to starvation and different varied shortages. Saint Nikon appeared in a dream to the churchman Irinarchus and mentioned to him: “Tell all of the sick that it’ll snow this night time, and let all those that need to be healed from sickness rub themselves with that snow.” Irinarchus wakened with trepidation and within the morning advised these round him what the wonderworker Nikon had advised him. And actually, it snowed at night time, and whoever rubbed himself with that snow with religion grew to become wholesome.
Here is a case from current instances, in 1846. In the monastery hospital, the rasophoric novice Gavrilo was affected by nervous fever; he was unconscious for a number of days, and so they thought he wouldn’t recover from it. On the night time earlier than the feast of the Venerable Nikon, he noticed that his soul separated from his physique and rushed into some form of abyss. He mentally begged the venerable fathers Sergius and Nikon to carry him again to life, in order that he may put together for eternity by repentance. Meaanwhile, he was mendacity in entrance of others with out consciousness or motion. Suddenly he noticed as if the door opened: two light-bearing males entered – previous males, one with a scepter – in it he acknowledged Venerable Sergius, and within the different Venerable Nikon. Venerable Sergius, pointing his scepter to Venerable Nikon on the sick man, mentioned: “Help!” Venerable Nikon approached, and by his very method crammed the sick man with power and pleasure. The sick man rose, crossed himself, and the venerable fathers grew to become invisible. Gavrilo regained consciousness; the illness disappeared, solely weak point remained.
From The Lives of the Saints of November. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.