Without exaggeration, we can say that the nameVenerable Sergius of Radonezh is known to everyone who knows about the Slavs, the Russian people and the church. Many of the sufferers pray at the image of the Reverend Elder, they are approached with requests, and everyone receives help in his entreaty - such a great power is vested in his icon.
This is one of the most revered saints, about hismoral perfection, piety and selfless asceticism is known far beyond Orthodox Russia. His life and work proceeded during the years of great disasters and severe trials, when the question was being decided whether or not to be Moscow's state. Sergius of Radonezh made the will of God to be in the center of the future history of the Russian state, and his active participation, strength of spirit and prayers inspired Rusich to fearless and great struggle with the Tatar-Mongol yoke.
But not only for this feat is revered by his people. Defender and defender of the Russian land, he was a deeply believing, bright and kind person, and his spiritual qualities attracted people to him. This holy old man, the great wonderworker, the abbot of the Russian land, exemplified his chastity, brought up a whole galaxy of spiritual like-minded people. He founded the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and other monasteries, in which Russian Orthodoxy was forged on self-denying and selfless love to the Lord. To him came with requests and sorrows, for advice and comfort, and the great elder did not leave anyone without help and attention. That's why today the icon of Sergius of Radonezh is loved and revered. It constantly reminds believers of the need to keep their souls in purity and humility, to evade the temptations of demons, to tame pride.
Sergius of Radonezh in his youth testeddifficulties in study and prayed fervently for help. The Lord sent him an angel in the guise of an old man and blessed him for teaching. The Monk became the wisest holy old man, and now, when he appears before God, he helps parents who pray for their children when they are not given a teaching. If there is an icon in a house with small children, Sergius of Radonezh follows prayers for her in front of her - for studying and attentiveness, obedience, helps to reason with the unruly child, especially in the transition years. Pupils and students, with difficulties in mastering science or passing examinations, also resort to the help of a saint, and prayer before the image helps them in the complexities of cognition. The icon "Sergius of Radonezh" helps in court cases, when people who treat it righteous defend against both judicial errors and offenders.
Until now, the first imageReverend Sergius, embroidered on the cover after his death. On the icon of the icon he appeared simultaneously with the first verbal description of his life somewhere around 1422.
Over the past seven centuries, various icon painterscreated a lot of icons of the holy old man, depicting his noble, strict face, and pictures of his life. This is an image of the hegumen of the Russian land, coming to Christ on the Spassky Tower, the ancient iconography of Visions to the Bartholomew, the icon of the Radonezhsky Series with Life, and many others. Most of them are in church meetings, monasteries, museums. The rare icon of the appearance of the Mother of God Sergius of Radonezh is in Arkhangelsk -Turikovo (the temple of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin). It is considered miraculous. The icon "Sergius of Radonezh" is also kept in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. There is also a particle of his relics. The list of churches that have icons of St. Sergius of Radonezh is great.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Sergius' personalityRadonezhsky - he did so much for the Russian state and the church. He was the author of the idea of the Holy Trinity, a symbol of unity, on the basis of which Andrei the painter Andrei Rublev painted a famous icon. Sergius of Radonezh and the image of the Holy Trinity are inextricably linked in ancient Russian art.
From the icon from the image of the Monk the old man howlsrigor, wisdom and kindness. A narrow, handsome face, the right hand blesses the suffering, in the left - a scroll symbolizing the perfection of knowledge.