From the life of St Sergius of Radonezh

From the life of St Sergius of Radonezh

“The boy Bartholomew (who would become St. Sergius of Radonezh) receives a piece of prosphora from a mysterious old Starets (Elder), who said, “Take and eat it, this is given to you as a sign of God’s grace and for understanding of the Scriptures.” According to traditions of the 14th century Russian saint, from that day forward he was able to read, which he had not been able to do at school before. He went on to become the founder of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, holding a special place in Russian history as well as among the saints of Russia.”


5 thoughts on “From the life of St Sergius of Radonezh

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I love the picture and the whole story! Do you have an idea who the Elder may have been? What his name was?

  3. You’re most welcome! Unfortunately I do not know. From the accounts I have read, it appears the “mysterious starets” may have been either some kindly wandering elder or monk, or, some have argued, it was an angel who appeared to the boy Bartholomew in seemingly corporeal form. Please let me know if you find any answer, I’d be very interested to hear more of this fascinating story!

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