St. Seraphim was born on [[ July 19]] , 1754. His parents, Isidore and Agathia Moshnin, lived in Kursk , Russia; Isidore was a merchant. At the age of 10, Seraphim became seriously ill. During the course of his illness, he saw the [[ Mother of God]] in his sleep, who promised to heal him. Several days later there was a religious procession in Kursk with the locally revered [[ miracle]] -working [[ icon]] of the Mother of God. Due to bad weather, the procession took an abbreviated route past the house of the Moshnin family. After his mother put Seraphim up to the miracle- working image, he recovered rapidly. While at a young age, he needed to help his parents with their shop, but business had little appeal for him. Young Seraphim loved to read the [[ hagiography| lives of the saints]], to attend church, and to withdraw into seclusion for [[ prayer]].
At the age of 18 , Seraphim firmly decided to become a [[ monk]]. His mother blessed him with a large copper [[ crucifix]], which he wore over his clothing all his life. After this, he entered the Sarov [[ monastery]] as a [[novice]].