October 7, 2022

When Beasts and Humans Together Celebrated the Memory of the Holy Martyr Sergius

By St. Justin Popovich

Every year on the feast of the holy martyr [Sergius], wild animals, as if fulfilling some law, came out of the surrounding deserts and gathered at the place where the holy martyr was first buried. And during that time, they changed their wild nature into the meekness of a lamb: for they did not attack any of the people or the cattle, but having meekly visited the holy place, they again left for their deserts. So God glorified his beloved, that He inspired the beasts as well as humans to celebrate the holy memory of the holy martyr.

From Lives of the Saints for October.