Originally called Prokhor, St. Seraphim was born to middle-class parents in Russia in 1754. He became very ill as a young child, but was healed by the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon through his own faith and the faith of his mother. After this experience, he dedicated himself the Church, and at the age of eighteen set himself to be a monk.
In the monastery, where he was named Seraphim, the saint ate and slept very little, devoting all his focus to prayer. He was again miraculously healed of illness, and saw and made many signs and wonders. As he grew older, Seraphim withdrew from the monastery and went into the wilderness. He achieved great wisdom in his contemplation, and many people sought his advice and encouragement. Seraphim died in 1833, and is commemorated on January 2.
St. Seraphim appears as a humble Russian monk in his icon, holding a strand of prayer rope. His time and place, and his form of devotion, are all represented.