We have recently finished placing kiots at Fr. Seraphim’s grave, and at the garden area below the grave, which he have named “St. Herman’s Field,” after St. Herman’s Field (Germanovo Polye) at Valaam Monastery in Russia, where St. Herman lived before coming to America.
Kiots are frames (usually wooden) in which icons are placed for veneration. The icons in the outdoor kiots shown here were painted in our monastery icon studio.
The icon in the kiot high above Fr. Seraphim’s grave is of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (February 2/15). This feast was much loved by St. Herman of Alaska, who dedicated his chapel on Spruce Island, Alaska, to it. Many years before the repose of Fr. Seraphim, the site of his future grave had been dedicated to the Meeting of the Lord. On this site, Divine Liturgies were celebrated by Fr. Seraphim and others. In fact, the first Liturgy in the monastery’s history was celebrated there, by Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) of blessed memory, on September 11/24, 1969, the Feast of the translation of the relics of Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam.
On the top of Fr. Seraphim’s grave is a portrait of Fr. Seraphim in iconographic style. Behind the grave are icons of the Vladimir Mother of God (Fr. Seraphim had a copy of the original of this icon in the icon corner of his cell) and of St. Seraphim of Sarov (Fr. Seraphim’s patron saint).
In the area below Fr. Seraphim’s grave, which as mentioned above we have called “St. Herman’s Field,” is an icon of St. Herman of Alaska. This icon is modeled after the prototype of all images of St. Herman: the watercolor of St. Herman painted by Elizabeth Yanovsky, the daughter of the saint’s disciple Symeon Yanovsky (later Schemamonk Sergius), based on her father’s description.