A RUSSIAN ORTHODOX SAINT OF THE 16TH CENTURY
The miraculous appearance of the Trinitarian God to
Saint Alexander of Svir
This miracle happened in the following way. In 1508, when Alexander was sixty years old, he began his ascetic struggles. These struggles went beyond human endurance with hunger, thirst and enduring the extreme cold. He hoped that by encountering the fierce cold weather he would avoid eternal damnation. But the demons seeing that Alexander was attacking them and realizing that they would be obliterated by his prayers, proceeded to terrorize him. They would appear to him at times as wild animals and other times as snakes. These entities would tread upon him while screaming like wild animals. They would also attack him with many unclean temptations. One night as Saint Alexander was walking towards his monastic cell, there appeared before him an army of demons who were attacking him with great ferocity. He would pray for hours in his monastic cell.