This short translated story about the life of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, the miracle-worker, was first printed by the Cloister of Sarov in 1893. It was then re-written by N. Puretzki and published by the printer I. D. Sytin in Moscow in 1903. The illustration used for the cover is the photo of one of the miraculous representations of Saint Seraphim in the Russian Orthodox Church in the name of Saint Mary of Magdala in The Hague. The icon was presented to the church by the last Russian tzar, Nicolas II, a martyr and a saint; the reason being that the church was originally the domestic chapel of Queen Anna Paulowna, who was a member of the royal Romanov house, and the wife of the Dutch king, Willem II. This icon has another particular characteristic: it is not a strictly formal representation of a saint, but one of the two portraits of Saint Seraphim.