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3/4/2012 9:00:00 AM
This well-known saint lived in the 5th c. He first learned asceticism in the Egyptian Thebaid, then went to the Jordan and founded a community there of about seventy monks which exists to this day. He formulated particular code for his monastery - the monks should spent five days a week in their cells weaving baskets and mats; they were allowed no heat in their cells; five days they ate only a little dry bread and a few dates; the monks had to leavethe doors of their cells open, even when not in, so that anyone could, in case they needed something, to take it from any of the cells.
St. Gerasimus established a strict monastic Rule. He spent five days of the week in solitude, occupying himself with handicrafts and prayer. On these days the wilderness dwellers did not eat cooked food, nor did they kindle a fire, but ate only dry bread, roots and water.
On Saturdays and Sundays the monks gathered in the monastery church, ate boiled vegetables together with a little wine in God's praise. Then each monk was supposed to bring and place in the feet of the abbot’s the work he had done in the preceeding five days. Each monk had only one single garment to wear. St Gerasimus was an example to all. In the Great Fast he ate nothing but what he received in Holy Communion.
St Gerasimus once saw a lion which was roaring with pain, having a thorn in its paw. Gerasimus came near to it, crossed himself and pulled the thorn out. The lion was so tame that it followed the elder to the monastery and remained there until the latter's death. When St Gerasimus died in 475, the lion also succumbed to illness after him and soon died. Therefore the lion is depicted on icons of the saint, at his feet.
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on November 16
11/16/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Matey.St. Matthew
KOLEDNI ZAGOVEZNI (Christmas Shrove before Christmas Lent)
11/14/2013 8:00:00 AM
After the Great All Souls’ Day and Michaelmas, there comes Christmas Shrove - the last day you can eat meat before Christmas.
Today is the feastday of ST. MENAS (also: Minas), St. Victor and St. Vicentius
11/11/2013 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Mina, Minka, Mincho; Victor, Victoria;
11/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Angel, Angelina, Mihaill, Gavrail, Radka, Radko, Raina, Ognian, Plamen, Emilia, Emil.
ARCHANGELSKA (GOLIAMA) ZADOUSHNITSA (Great All Souls’ Day) -
11/2/2013 8:00:00 AM
The Great All Souls’ Day (also called Michaelmas All Souls’ Day) is the first Saturday before Michaelmas
The Day of Bulgarian Revival Period's Cultural Leaders
11/1/2013 8:00:00 AM
November 1st Bulgaria celebrates one of the greatest days honoring our culture and development - The Day of Bulgarian Revival Period's Cultural Leaders
MEDICUS, DENTO, GALENIA 2013
10/30/2013 11:00:00 AM
MEDICUS, DENTO, GALENIA has won recognition as Bulgaria's most prestigious Exhibition of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutics
Today is DIMITROVDEN (St. Demetrius’s Day)
10/26/2013 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Dimiter, Dimitrina, Dimo, Mitra, Dragan, Drago, Dimka.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY AND HAIR-STYLE
10/25/2013 9:00:00 AM
The International Exhibition of Hairdressing, Beauty, Make-up, Perfumery and Fashion ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY has two editions - spring and autumn.The participants in the salon ...
FLOWER AUTUMN opens today
10/23/2013 1:00:00 PM
The Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and Supplies provides exhibitors with the opportunity to show their latest achievements to professionals and general public interested in gardening.