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Miracles of Saints Sergius and Nikon of Radonezh


 By St. Justin Popovich

During their life on earth, the venerable fathers Sergius and Nikon had been very shut to one another. That mutual closeness doesn’t depart them even in everlasting life, as a result of the love of the saints, just like the love of the Divine, will not be topic to the legislation of time. Both of them appeared collectively many instances and carried out miracles collectively.A resident of Moscow, named Symeon, who was born based on the Saint’s prediction, grew to become so terribly unwell that he may neither transfer, nor sleep, nor obtain meals. Simply, he was mendacity on his mattress like a dead man. Tormented like that, he as soon as at night time started calling for assist from Saint Sergius: “Help me, Venerable Sergius! Deliver me from this illness! Even throughout your life on earth you had been so type to my dad and mom and also you predicted my start to them; do not forget me, who’s fighting such a severe sickness!” And behold, two previous males stood in entrance of him one after the opposite: certainly one of them was Nikon. The sick man acknowledged him instantly, as a result of he knew this Saint personally throughout his life on earth. Then it could be clear to the sick person who the second of the Saints who appeared was Venerable Sergius himself. The fantastic previous artificial the signal of the cross over the sick man, after which he ordered Nikon to take the icon that was close to the mattress. That icon was as soon as given to Symeon by Venerable Nikon himself. Then, the sick man was made to take away all his pores and skin from his physique. After that, the Saints grew to become invisible. And at that second, Symeon felt that he was fully healed: he obtained up on his mattress, and nobody was holding him anymore. Then he understood that his pores and skin had not fallen off, however that the illness had left him. His pleasure was nice: standing up, he started to fervently thank Saint Sergius and Venerable Nikon for his surprising and fantastic therapeutic.

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.

 

 

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