Seraphim of Sarov

1754 - 1833

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Saint Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский; 30 July [O.S. 19 July] 1754 (or 1759) – 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1833), born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор Мошнин), is one of the most renowned Russian saints and is venerated both in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church. He is generally considered the greatest of the 19th-century startsy (elders). Seraphim extended the monastic teachings of contemplation, theoria and self-denial to the layperson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Seraphim of Sarov has received more than 282,761 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Seraphim of Sarov is the 542nd most popular religious figure (up from 644th in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from Russia (up from 244th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Religious Figure.

Seraphim of Sarov is most famous for his spiritual teachings and his ability to heal people.

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Among religious figures, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 542 out of 2,272Before him are Zaynab bint Khuzayma, Olaus Magnus, Zaynab bint Ali, Saint Casimir, Scholastica, and Francis of Paola. After him are Abbas ibn Ali, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Rabanus Maurus, Marcel Lefebvre, Pope Romanus, and Pope Severinus.

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Among people born in 1754, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 4Before him are Louis XVI of France, Paul I of Russia, and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. After him are Joseph Proust, Madame Roland, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, Frederick I of Württemberg, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Georg Forster, and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier. Among people deceased in 1833, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 7Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Kaspar Hauser, Ferdinand VII of Spain, Richard Trevithick, Adrien-Marie Legendre, and Marie-Antoine Carême. After him are Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, William Wilberforce, Pierre André Latreille, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach.

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Among people born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 188 out of 2,688Before him are Nikolai Bulganin (1895), Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (1882), Olga Constantinovna of Russia (1851), Yemelyan Pugachev (1742), Sabina Spielrein (1885), and Yakov Sverdlov (1885). After him are Wladimir Köppen (1846), Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657), Nicholas Roerich (1874), Ivan Shishkin (1832), Alexander Herzen (1812), and Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg (1599).


Among religious figures born in Russia, Seraphim of Sarov ranks 1After him are Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946), Eugen Sandow (1867), Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (1605), Basil Fool for Christ (1468), Sergius of Radonezh (1314), Avvakum (1620), Nadezhda von Meck (1831), Ilia II of Georgia (1933), Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow (1865), Alexander Schmorell (1917), and Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova (1835).