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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.
CHRISTMAS DAY - December 25
12/25/2016 9:00:00 AM
Name day for: Hristo, Hristina, Christina, Kolio, Bojin, Radostin, Radomir, Mladen.
Some more information on Christmas Eve
12/24/2016 11:00:00 AM
Christmas Eve is the night before Christmas, when the whole family gathers at a festive dinner with traditionally uneven number of meatless dishes - the more the number is, the richest the year is going to be.
12/24/2016 9:00:00 AM
The BG tradition says: The feast starts Dec.24th - the Christmas Eve (or known as Small Christmas). All over Bulgaria koledari (i.e. typically Bulgarian carol singers) go around their neighborhood.
Silent Night songs gets 198 years old
12/23/2016 9:00:00 AM
Born on a cold night in the chapel of a small Austrian village, Silent Night, the world's most famous Christmas carol, is celebrating its 194th anniversary.
ST. ANASTASIAs Day
12/22/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anastasia, Asya, Natasha.
IGNAZHDEN (St. Ignatius, the God-Bearer of Antioch)
12/20/2016 10:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Ignat (from the Latin, the name means ‘fire’), Ognyan, Ognyana.
20.XII. - International Human Solidarity Day
12/20/2016 8:00:00 AM
International Human Solidarity Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005 as an initiative in the fight against poverty.
DANIEL, Holy Prophet, and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias, and Misael
12/17/2016 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Danail, Daniel, Daniela.
SPYRIDONOVDEN (St. Spyridons Day)
12/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Spyridon or Spiro.
ANINDEN (St. Anna’s Day - the Conception of the Holy Mother of God by Saint Anna)
12/9/2016 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Anna, Ana, Anita, Aneta, Anette.