Faith of St. Seraphim
The kings of Rome organized terrible persecutions of Christians. Many believers had the opportunity to suffer for Christ’s sake and suffer.Saint SeraphimShe was an Antiochian citizen, living in the village of Venden in the house of a woman, Savina. Her torment led to Christianity and the mistress of the house. Hegemon Beryl ordered to judge the girl, Savina did not allow servants to take Seraphim away, but the saint asked her to let her go and pray to Jesus Christ. The Virgin fervently believed that Christ would not leave her. Savina nevertheless decided to go with the girl to the hegemon. Her noble birth embarrassed the ruler, and he sent the women home.
But Saint Seraphim did not escape punishment. Three days later, the hegemon re-arranged the trial and ordered the girl to be brought. Savina again tried to save his girlfriend, but her efforts were not crowned with success. She only warned the ruler that if he did something to the Seraphim, she would be punished by Christ.
Hegemon ordered the Seraphim to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, but the virgin replied that she would not worship them, since they are demons, that God is the only Supreme.Then the hegemon ordered her to offer a sacrifice to the God in whom she believes, but even here Seraphima answered that her sacrifice is that she is a spotless virgin who has preserved herself for Christ.
Then the governor asked the virgin if the virgin body was not the temple of her God. The girl replied that it is so. Hegemon ordered the shameless young men to spend the whole night with the Seraphim and desecrate her body. Saint Seraphim began to earnestly pray to God and ask him not to allow him to commit an evil act. And the Lord heard the prayers of the righteous. As soon as the rapists wanted to approach her, an earthquake happened, the men fell to the ground, unable to move.
When in the morning the servants of the ruler came to Seraphim, they found her praying to God, and around the lying men. Hegemon began to try to find out from the maiden what magic she possesses, ordered that the young men stand up and have the opportunity to tell about what had happened. Through the prayer, the righteous young men recovered and said that at the moment of their desire to commit shamelessness over the girl, an angel in shining clothes appeared in front of them and because of this shining they lost strength and fell like the dead.
After what happenedSaint SeraphimCandles were scorched, but they suddenly went out, battered, but the hegemon was injured by the stick and then completely blind. In the end, the saint was beheaded with a sword. The body of the martyress with reverence buried her friend, the blessed Savina.