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Canopy and gazebo over the grave of Blessed Father Seraphim Rose, St Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina Calif. - Photo by the webservant.

Resources on Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) of Platina


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"I believe the example of Fr. Seraphim Rose, both in his life and in his work, contains a key that is of universal Orthodox significance in these last days, and is especially important for all those seeking to find and struggling to preserve true Orthodoxy in the West. For Fr. Seraphim is our contemporary, a man who lived and breathed the same deadly modern atmosphere of godless humanism, atheistic hedonism, and soulless ecumenism that is the common experience of all modern children of the West. Yet he, by the grace of God, not only found his way to the Pearl of Great Price, holy Orthodoxy, but also was able to penetrate to the very heart of the true and free tradition of living Orthodoxy: the genuine patristic spirituality founded on the Divine Scripture and the Holy Fathers. Fr. Seraphim was a native son of America who became a true spiritual son of the Holy Fathers who are the sources of holy Orthodoxy."
- Vincent Rossi

Stories of Matushka Maria Kotar

Matushka Maria Kotar is the wife of Archpriest Serge Kotar, who served for many years in the Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco, at the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Matushka knew St. John from childhood, and it was he who brought the man who was later to become her spiritual father into their home, Hieromonk Seraphim Rose.

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"Those who knew Hieromonk Seraphim well say that he really was an example in everything: He always behaved simply and modestly, he did not throw himself into extremes, and when there were temptations, he sought an answer in the holy fathers and sought the will of God through the decisions and instructions of the hierarchy; he was tolerant of the weaknesses of others and intolerant to his own shortcomings. Fr. Seraphim did not suffer from “convertitis” and did not play the role of a spiritual elder or super-spiritual theologian. It was for this humble attitude towards himself that the Lord made him a source of living water for many suffering souls. The Lord put words of discernment and love in his mouth. The Holy Spirit enlightened his mind when he wrote his theological works and when he preached and instructed his spiritual children, whether by letter or orally."

“I LEARNED FROM HIM HOW TO LIVE AND HOW TO DIE” -  How Fr. Seraphim (Rose) Influenced the Life of One Future Priest.

More Articles by and about Blessed Father Seraphim:

Nurtured by the Holy Fathers: Lessons from the life and works of Fr. Seraphim Rose: Two new collections of talks on the life and significance of Blessed Hieromonk Seraphim of Platina by hierarchs, clergy, and some of his spiritual children provide a wealth of insights into, and spiritual lessons from, this revered and beloved Orthodox struggler and spiritual father.

Topical Writings of Hieromonk Seraphim of Platina, collected by Classical Christianity: Eastern Orthodoxy for Today

St. Herman's Monastery celebrates 33rd Anniversary of Repose of Fr. Seraphim Rose

Fr Seraphim Rose on Islam - Fr Seraphim didn't write much about Islam, or did he? A look at Fr Seraphim's teaching on the Monotheistic Religions, and how he might have approached the challenge of Islam in the 21st century.

Books by Fr Seraphim Rose - Direct link to St Herman of Alaska Press, the monastery press co-founded by Fr Seraphim, and publisher of his writings. Includes the epic biography by Hieromonk Damascene, Fr Seraphim Rose, His Life and Works.

Fr Seraphim Rose Speaks: Excerpts from His Writings - An assortment of links to numerous articles and homilies by and about Fr Seraphim. Very edifying materials collected for easy reference.

'Seeker of the Truth' — In Memory of Fr Seraphim Rose - "Father Seraphim departed to the Lord on September 2, 1982... In honor of this day, has asked several pastors of the Russian Orthodox Church to talk about what Father Seraphim means to them."

'Do Not Be Hearers Only' — Podcasts and Recordings of Fr Seraphim Rose - Links to recorded talks by Fr Seraphim, plus reflections on his life and significance by his spiritual children and others.

VIDEO: 20th Anniversary of the Repose of Hieromonk Seraphim Rose - Recorded during the 2002 pilgrimage at St Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California. Features a sermon by Fr Thomas Hopko, and talks by Hieromonk Damascene (now abbot of St Herman's) and Schema-Hieromonk Ambrose (Young), and others.

Fr. Seraphim, with monks and pilgrims at the monastery.

The Blessings of Meeting Fr Seraphim Rose - A heartfelt and revealing reminiscence by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, who Fr Seraphim visited on his cross-country trip to give a talk at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville in December 1979.

The faithful venerate Fr Seraphim at his grave at St Herman Monastery, Platina CA, 2007.

Solzhenitsyn's Prophetic Voice — Biographer Joseph Pearce Discusses Critic of Communism - A fine companion piece to Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Harvard Commencement Address (see below). Fr Seraphim saw Aleksander Solzhenitsyn as a pivotal observer of our time, and spoke and wrote extensively about him and his message.

Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Harvard Commencement Address (Video and Text) - An essential and prophetic analysis of our age, which Fr Seraphim referred to often.

The Time to 'Walk the Walk' is Upon Us, by Archpriest John Moses - A stirring essay in the spirit of Fr Seraphim's famous 'word': "Now one cannot be a half-hearted Christian, but only entirely or not at all."

Fr. Seraphim at Platina, photo taken from the monastery entrance.