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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.
MESNI ZAGOVEZNI (Meat Fasting Day)
2/19/2017 11:00:00 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...
Anniversary of the death of Vassil Levski
2/19/2017 9:00:00 AM
Today is the 142rd anniversary of the death of one of the greatest fighters for Bulgarian independence during the period of the Ottoman oprresion
Today is ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day)
2/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
ZADOUSHNITZA (All Souls’ Day):
Bulgarians Celebrate Love of Wine and Each Other
2/14/2017 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.
ST.VLASSIOS/ BLASSIOS (also Hieromartyr Blaise)
2/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
Name day of Vlasso
ST. HARALAMBOS (Charalambos) the Martyr
2/10/2017 9:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Haralampij, Haralambi, Hari, Harry, Valentin/a, Valery, Valeria.
MEETING OF THE LORD
2/2/2017 9:00:00 AM
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is among the most ancient feasts of the Christian Church.
WOLF DAYS - February 2-3
2/2/2017 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone names Simeon, Simeonka, Simona, Moncho (February 3rd).
2/1/2017 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Trifon, Trifonka, Lozan
Anniversary of the birth of Baba Vanga, the world-famous BG prophet and clairvoyant
1/31/2017 9:00:00 AM
Baba Vanga, born Vangelia Goushterova, (31 January 1911 - 11 August 1996) was a famous Bulgarian prophet that lived in the Rupite area in Rila Mountain, Bulgaria.