Lay Apostolate of Saint Seraphim of Sarov

According to the spiritual counsel of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, every person has a “vocation” to acquire grace. We invite persons to respond to this call by becoming a member of the “Lay Apostolate” of the monastery, a Seraph of St. Seraphim of Sarov.  

Seraphs make a formal, private promise (annually renewable) to follow the Little Rule in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances and prior commitments permit.  Seraphs do not constitute a separate religious order as such, but are considered an extended part of our monastic community.

St Seraphim & TheotokosOur “Little Rule” is to:

  1. Commit to follow Christ as a Seraph of St. Seraphim of Sarov;
  2. Make an effort to minimally daily pray St. Seraphim’s Rule of the Mother of God;
  3. Live each day as a pilgrim along the spiritual path of Orthodox-Catholic spirituality, a life of constant and ongoing metanoia (conversion);
  4. Commit to assisting the monastery as one’s personal circumstances in life allows; and,
  5. Strive to acquire the Spirit of Peace and Love, thereby evangelizing the world.

Growing in the awareness of God in daily life, Seraphs offer themselves for the service of God and neighbor and the formal bond of prayer, study and good works between other Seraphs and the monastic community, helping both to live holy lives, according to their own vocation, bearing witness to Christ.

Covenanted Seraphs may wear a simple black tunic or cassock, if they wish.  Anyone interested in the Lay Apostolate are encouraged to review our webpage Lay Apostolate: Seraphs of Saint Seraphim of Sarov and to make an inquiry by contacting the monastery at:

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