All of us who dwell in the arid desert of these secular times and who long for refreshing spiritual drink will appreciate the 'cup' which brings us this life-giving water-namely, this very book. As well as telling the story of St. Seraphim of Sarov in a way that brings the saint powerfully before us, the book also includes an introduction to Fr. Lazarus (who himself should be the subject of such a biography), the history of the manuscript, an index, the Prayer Rules of St. Seraphim, and various prayers, including an Akathist to the saint himself. Anaphora Press has done the Church a great service in bringing this 'cup of cold water' to us thirsty souls. --Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley, St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley, B.C. Author of The Bible Study Companion Series
This inspirational and engaging Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov combines attention to historical accuracy with a strong emphasis on classic spirituality through the saint's advice and way of life. The practical counsels imparted in this book are appropriate not only for monastics but also those of us living in the world. St. Seraphim offers a precious reminder of one of the chief gifts of the Spirit: joy. Beautifully written and artfully presented, this book is a must-have in every Orthodox library. --Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou, Theology and Rel. Studies, Univ. of San Diego, Searching the Scriptures podcast on Ancient Faith Radio
I am delighted to learn this biography of St Seraphim is coming back to print. This work of Father Lazarus was an important component in my own formation as an Orthodox Christian, so I hope this new edition will be met with the enthusiasm it very much deserves. --Father Patrick Henry Reardon All Saints Orthodox Church Chicago, IL; Touchstone Magazine; Author of Christ in the Psalms
About the Author
Born in Swindon, England October 18, 1902, Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) moved to Canada when he was 18 and eventually became a Canadian citizen. There he had a personal conversion to Christianity and eventually returned to England, where he lived and served destitute people for a time. Attracted to monasticism, he then traveled, spending time on Mount Athos, the Orthodox enclave of monasteries in Greece. Desiring to become an Orthodox Christian, he went to Yugoslavia where he was tonsured a monk in the Russian-Serbian Monastery at Milkovo. He was ordained deacon and later priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and was sent to serve in the Russian Mission in Palestine, overseeing 100 nuns. It is here that this manuscript was begun. In 1948 the Israeli-Arab War broke out, forcing Fr. Lazarus and the nuns to flee. He eventually went as a missionary to India and spent 20 years there, crossing paths with Mother Gavrilia, another Orthodox Christian. Later he went to Greece briefly and then lived in Australia for nearly a decade. In 1983, Father Lazarus was invited to the United States by a group of American converts to Orthodoxy who wished to learn from his vast experience and spiritual wisdom. In 1989 he moved to Alaska where he lived for 3 more years, finally dying of cancer 1992, having touched countless lives.