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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.
HOLY WEEK before Easter
4/25/2016 8:00:00 AM
Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
TSVETNITSA - VRUBNITSA (Palm Sunday)
4/24/2016 7:40:00 AM
Name day of everyone named after a flower, bush or tree (Tsvetelina, Lilia, Yavor, Yassen, Roza, Iglika, Violeta, Varban, Latinka, Temenuga, Karamfila, Zdravko, Kamelia etc).
World Book and Copyright Day
4/23/2016 9:00:00 AM
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
Today is LAZAROVDEN (St. Lazarus’ Day)
4/23/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day for everyone having the name of Lazar, Lazo, Lazarina, Lara.
4/22/2016 11:00:00 AM
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.
Bulgaria marks 140th anniversary of the April Uprising
4/20/2016 12:57:30 PM
Various initiatives throughout Bulgaria are to mark today the 140th anniversary since the April Uprising.
12.04.1961 - First space flight
4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
On April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 1
Today we mark International Roma Day
4/8/2016 3:14:21 PM
On April 8 we mark International Roma Day. On the occasion Sofia will be the venue of a forum entitled “European funds: possibilities for support of Roma integration”.
Fools Day (April 1st)
4/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
There are quite a few nations today having in their calendar the April 1st Fools Day. For better or worse, we, Bulgarians, are among them.
Anniversary of Bulgarias staring to use the Gregorian Calendar
3/31/2016 10:00:00 AM
In 1916, at midnight on 31st of March, Bulgaria “jumps” into future – instead of having April 1st as the next day, Bulgarians had April 14th….