I have a question regarding the practice of doing penance for someone else. I was reading a book on St. Seraphim of Sarov called Flame in the Snow: A Life of St. Serafim of Sarov by Julia de Beausobre. In this book, St. Serafim tells the men who crippled him (when they come back to beg for forgiveness and to ask a penance to carry out) that he is already doing their penance for them. So I guess my basi question is, "Is this widely practiced by Orthodox Christians?" It struck me as sounding very... Roman Catholic- not that that is automaticly a bad thing.