A certain devout Christian living close by the monastery, who believed in St. Sergius, had an only son, a child who fell ill. The father brought the boy to the monastery to pray for him: but while the father was yet speaking, the boy died. The man, with his last hope gone, wept and bemoaned: “It would have been better had my son died in my own house.” While he went to prepare a grave, the dead child was laid in the saint’s cell. The saint feeling compassion for the man’s loss, fell to his knees and prayed over the dead child. Suddenly the boy came to life, and moved. His father returning with preparations for the child’s burial, found his son alive whereupon he flung himself at the feet of God’s servant and thanked him. The saint said: “You deceive yourself man, and do not know what you are saying. While on your journey hither, your son became frozen with the cold and you thought he had died. He has now thawed in the warmth of my cell and you think he returns to life. No one can rise again from the dead before the Day of Resurrection.”
The man, however kept insisting: “Your prayers brought him back to life.”
St Sergius forbade him from saying this: “If you noise this abroad you will lose your son altogether.” The man promised to tell no one and, taking his son – now restored to health- he went back home. This miracle was made known through the saint’s disciples.
St Sergius of Radonezh pray to God for us!