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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.
Today is the BABA MARTA DAY
3/1/2015 8:00:00 AM
If you by any chance visit Bulgaria on the first day of March you are certain to notice almost every person decorated with small tokens made from red and white woollen threads.
2/28/2015 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Todor, Todorka, Teodor/a, Theo, Dora.
SIRNI ZAGOVEZNI (Shrove Sunday/ Cheese Fasting)
2/22/2015 8:00:00 AM
Ritual table: cheese pastry, rite bread, cheese pumpkin, eggs, white halvah with nuts, fish.
Anniversary of the death of Vassil Levski
2/19/2015 9:00:00 AM
Today is the 142nd anniversary of the death of one of the greatest fighters for Bulgarian independence during the period of the Ottoman oprresion
MESNI ZAGOVEZNI (Meat Fasting Day)
2/15/2015 9:00:00 AM
Mesni Zagovezni (Meat Fasting Day) - celebrated 8 Sundays before Easter. After the All Souls; Day (Goliama Zadoushnitsa) on Saturday, the following day, Sunday, people celebrate the Orthodox Chur...
Today is ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day)
2/14/2015 11:00:00 AM
ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day):
Bulgarians Celebrate Love of Wine and Each Other
2/14/2015 9:00:00 AM
As lovers celebrate St Valentine's Day, many Bulgarians insist February 14 should be reserved for a traditional Bulgarian celebration - the feast of St. Trifon Zarezan.
Anniversary of the death of St Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher
2/14/2015 7:00:00 AM
February 14th marks the anniversary of the death of St Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher, one of the holy brothers St.St. Cyril and Methodius, founders...
ST.VLASSIOS/ BLASSIOS (also Hieromartyr Blaise)
2/11/2015 10:00:00 AM
Name day of Vlasso
ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
2/10/2015 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Haralampij, Haralambi, Hari, Harry, Valentin/a, Valery, Valeria.