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Russian Orthodox Church of St. Seraphim, Walsingham, Norfolk

The tiny, peaceful Russian Orthodox church of St.Seraphim is situated at the top of Station Road, Little Walsingham and was established in 1967 in the former Old Station building. Climbing the steps you come into the hallway which to the left leads into a room where there is a display of the plans and drawings that is planned for this chapel, turn right and you will find yourself inside the tiny chapel with its altar and beautiful icons, a lovely peaceful and serene room ideal for reflection and prayer. It is a place of Orthodox Christian worship which bears witness to the undivided Christian Church before West and East became separated in the 11th century. The Orthodox chapel inside the Anglican Shrine became unsuitable for regular services. In 1967 Father Mark Meyrick ( who became a monk and took the name of David), along with three companions, and £25 between them, settled in this building after the closure of the railway line and began its conversion into the chapel. The booking hall and ticket office became the nave and altar of the new chapel and they crowned it with an onion dome, bell tower and cross. Father David died in 1993 and his colleague Leon Liddament continued until his own death in 2010. It is open daily for for prayer. Services are celebrated here at certain times, especially at Feasts of Saint Seraphim. There is still much work to be done here and the local community has worked hard to raise money for further development of the building and gardens. There has now been a Lottery Fund secured to help, there is a St.Seraphim’s Trust set up for anyone who would be able to provide any further help.

For any further details please go to the Official Website.

St.Seraphim’s Trust has a vision for the use of this space for pilgrims to find quiet and relaxation and are working hard on the garden area.

St.Seraphim– Born 19 July 1754, he was baptized with the name of Prochor, after Saint Prochorus, one of the first Seven Deacons of the Early Church and the disciple of John the Evangelist. His parents, Isidore and Agathia Moshnin, lived in Kursk, Russia. His father was a merchant, but Seraphim had little interest in business. Instead, he began a life that was very devout to the Orthodox Church at a young age. According to Orthodox tradition, as a small boy he was healed by a wonder-working icon of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), Our Lady of Kursk. It is claimed that during his life he experienced a number of visions. At the age of 19, he joined the Sarov monastery as a novice. He was given the religious name of Seraphim. he retreated to a log cabin in the woods outside Sarov monastery and led a solitary lifestyle as a hermit for 25 years. In 1815, in obedience to a reputed spiritual experience that he attributed to the Virgin Mary, Seraphim began admitting pilgrims to his hermitage as a confessor. He soon became immensely popular due to his reputation for healing powers and gift of prophecy. He was often visited by hundreds of pilgrims per day. He died while kneeling before an icon of the Theotokos at the age of 74. This icon is currently in the house of the catholic Community of Beatitudes in Bad Driburg, Germany. In 1903, Seraphim of Sarov was glorified (canonized as a saint) by the Russian Orthodox Church.

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