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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.
The Plovdiv bohemian ?Nacho the Culture?
10/18/2003 12:00:00 AM
(A shortened version of Elitsa Kandeva?s article in the 24 Hours newspaper)When somebody mentions Plovdiv, there is immediately an association with the name ?Nacho the Culture?. His re...
A paintings exhibition by a poet
10/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
Boris Rokanov was born in 1961 in the town of Kyustendil, in the western part of Bulgaria. He is author of several books of poetry: ?Presentiments? (1989), ?My Game? (1993), ?From B to R? (1995), ?...
Flower Autumn'2003 (15.10.2003 - 19.10.2003)
10/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and SuppliesAt the moment, Plovdiv hosts the traditional Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equi...
Book exhibition-and-sale at the Ivan Vazov National Library. 25 photo-exhibitions in the Old Town.
10/15/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on newspapers articles)A book exhibition-and-sale will open today, Oct.15th, at 11 am, in the lobby of the Ivan Vazov National Library. The exhibition is running under...
EURO 2003 (European Chess Championship in Plovdiv) with the participation of 161 grand chess-masters
10/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
At the moment, in Pavilion 3 of the International Plovdiv Fair, takes place the European chess championship for teams. The championship started last Saturday, Oct.11th, and will close on Oct.20th. ...
Interest for building of hydroelectric power stations in the region
10/13/2003 12:00:00 AM
Water Reservoir Administration of the southeastern region of Plovdiv is subordinate to the Ministry of Environment and Waters. Its main goal is to issue licences for water-usage and usage of water ...
Forthcoming cultural events in Plovdiv
10/10/2003 12:00:00 AM
(The information is based on publications in the local newspapers)\r\nWe would like to inform you about three of the forthcoming cultural events in our city: 1. The Golden ...
A Bulgarian film chosen to compete for an Oscar Nomination in the ?Best Foreign-Country Film? Category
10/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
(In the today?s issue of the Maritsa newspaper we can read an extensive interview of the journalist Dessislava Hadjieva with the film director Ivan Nichev about his film latest ?Travelling to Jerus...
Dzhendem Tepe Hill ? an idea for its preservation and future
10/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)The Hills of Plovdiv are much more than just a natural phenomenon. They have always taken part in the life of the city and intend to be a part of i...
The German tourists back to the Rhodope resorts
10/7/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on an article in the Maritsa newspaper)\r\n After a ten-year break, the leading German tour-operator TUI starts sending German tourists to Pamporovo again. Contracts have been si...