Simeon conscientiously attended church services in Merkushino, showing extraordinary obedience, love, and generosity to his neighbors. He always tried to feed other paupers from the fruits of his labors and spoke with many people about divine truths, guiding the various local peoples onto the path of Christian righteousness.
St. Simeon reposed in the Lord peacefully and in anonymity in 1642. He was buried near the church of St. Archangel Michael in which he used to pray. St. Simeon’s brief but pure life served as a model in the wild region that had just been enlightened by Christianity.
The righteous Simeon was one of those saints of God whose posthumous actions were better known that the events of their temporal life, which were known only to God. The saint’s relics were found incorruptible and produced a multitude of miracles. St. Simeon not only healed diverse illnesses, but appeared in dreams with stern injunctions to drunkards on sobriety, powerful denunciations to users of offensive language, promised God’s wrath in the form of plague and famine to those who lived uncleanly, and also expelled schismatics.
In 1704 the saint’s relics were transferred from the village of Merkushino to the Verkhotursk monastery of St. Nicholas, while in Merkushino a stone chapel was erected in 1808 on the site where the honorable relics of the saint had been discovered. At the site of the righteous saint’s former grave there is now a spring which the faithful come to visit. Pious pilgrims take water from this spring for the blessing of their homes.