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    CELEBRATIONS OF 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. SERAPHIM OF SAROV BEGIN

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    MOSCOW, January 14 (RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Lipich) - The celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of the most esteemed Orthodox saints, began in Kursk /Central Russia/ today. St. Seraphim was born in this town /500 kilometers southwest of Moscow/ on August 1, 1754.

    Festive services will be held in Kursk churches. Kursk will also see a sacred procession with the icon of St. Seraphim.

    The scheduled of festive events for 2004 will be approved in the near future, the Kursk eparchy told RIA Novosti.

    St. Seraphim of Sarov was born to a merchant family. At the age of 24 he entered the Sarov monastery in the Nizhny Novgorod region and served there until his death in 1833. According to the legend, the saint cured thousands of people of physical and mental diseases.

    The 100th anniversary of St. Seraphim's canonization was widely celebrated in Russia in summer 2003.

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