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ST. PANTELEYMON, the All-Merciful
7/27/2013 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Panteley, Dobra, Dobrin, Dobrina.
The feast is also popular under the name Panteleimon the Traveler, or Water Panteleimon – it is a traditional feast connected to the belief that evil could happen that day unless women do house jobs, and that way no one in the house would get sick. That day, the fly-away birds gather getting ready for the long flight south, which gives the name of Traveler to the Panteleimon’s Day. The saint is also believed to be the lord of the heavy rains and floods. He is also honored as a great healer.
The traditional belief is that migrating birds start gathering at large groups and prepare for the long way. The Water Panteleymon is connected to the belief that the Saint is the master of strong rain and floods. In some parts of Bulgaria, he is also honored as a healer.
St Panteleimon was born about 284 AD in the city of Nicodemia. His real name was Pantoleonta. His mother raised him in the Christian way of life. His father sent him to study under the famous physician, Evfrosinos. Quickly he surpassed the other students. Because of these virtues, he became well known in Nicodemia. St Panteleimon distributed his wealth among the poor and then proceeded to cure all who came to him. The only payment he would ask was that the healed person believe that Jesus Christ was their true healer. His jealous fellow-doctors betrayed Panteleimon to the Emperor Maximian, who sentences Pantoleonta to awful tortures but miraculously he suffered no harm.
The defeated Emperor passed final sentence on the Saint - he was to he beheaded and his body was to he cremated. The Saint was taken and tied to an olive tree. As the soldier raised his sword to behead the Saint, the sword melted as if it were made of wax. The soldiers fell to their knees and admitted their beliefs in Christ. The Saint prayed for them and forgave them for their sins. A voice came from heaven, saying to Pantoleonta that all he had asked for had been granted and that from this time on he would he known not as Pantoleonta, but as Panteleimon (All-merciful). He forced the soldiers to behead him so that he could receive the crown of martyrdom. After kissing the Saint, the soldiers beheaded him.
St Panteleimon gave his life for Christ on 27 July 304 AD. It is said that the olive tree to which he was tied, immediately bloomed and brought forth fruit. St Panteleimon is often asked by faithful Christians to aid them in times of sickness. He is believed to take special interest in those who are crippled. He is considered equal to the Benevolent Saints Cosmas and Damianos.
Celebrating the anniversary of Levski birth
7/18/2013 9:00:00 AM
Celebrations of the 176th anniversary of Levskis birth will open July 14th, by a long-distance race.
Orthodox Christianity celebrates the day of ST. MARINA on July 17
7/17/2013 9:00:00 AM
It is the name day of everyone named Marin, Marina
7/15/2013 9:00:00 AM
The Orthodox Church commemorates on July 15, 16, and 17 the Saint Martyrs Kirik and Julita, Atinogen and Marina.
ST. PROCOPIUS, the Bee-Keeper
7/8/2013 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Prokopi.
July 7, 1550: Europeans Discover Chocolate
7/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
1550: Chocolate is introduced in Europe, and the Mexican drink creates a passion that endures after nearly half a millennium.
International Kissing Day
7/6/2013 11:00:00 AM
Today is International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day. As the author of The Science of Kissing, what better way to celebrate than to share some fascinating facts about kissing:
118 years of the bloody murder of Stefan Stambolov (January 31 1854 – July 6 1895)
7/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
Stambolov was born on January 31st, 1854, in the town of Veliko Turnovo. His ancestors originated from the small town of Tryavna.
7/5/2013 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Atanas, Atanaska (although they rather celebrate on January 18th of each year).
Summer reading for kids opens in Plovdiv
7/4/2013 10:10:31 AM
For second year in rule in Plovdiv will be held outdoors summer reading "Library Park – let’s meet in Central Park."
Ethno Exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum
7/2/2013 9:00:00 AM
The "Ethno" exhibition by Elena Dramova and Stoyan Marinov opened yeasterday at the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv