Today we celebrate the memory of our Venerable Father Seraphim, the wonderworker of Sarov.
His troparion reads:
From thy youth thou didst love Christ, O blessed one, and ardently desiring to work for Him alone, thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor; and have acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, thou didst prove to be the beloved favorite of the Mother of God. Wherefore, we cry to thee: save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy father!
Like many of the Holy Church’s hymns, this short ode has much to teach us about the Christian life. Notice that St. Seraphim’s love for Christ is mentioned twice. First, he loved Christ "from his youth," and this led him to labor for Christ’s sake. This labor, in turn, brought him to even greater love for Christ, "with compunction of heart."
Today is Father Seraphim’s name day. May God grant him many, many years!