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(Video) The glorious litany – a joy for Struga

It’s been ten years now since the revived Litany of Struga started announcing joy, and it keeps on sending everywhere around our country, as if rays of light, the blessing of St. George. It gives the faithful who come to this amazing spiritual event in greater and greater numbers with each year, the renewed blaze…

(video) Three monastic tonsures at the monastery feast in Rajchica

While celebrating the Holiday of all holidays which came to us as a spiritual spring  and a lavish source of grace - the bright and glorious Resurrection of the One Who is the Path, the Truth and the Life Itself – we also rejoice over the renowned Great Martyr who followed that Path, Truth and…

Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra (+ May 9th, 2019) on the Lord's Resurrection

Today, May 9th, 2019, Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra reposed in the Lord. He was a grace-filled preacher and spiritual guide to many throughout the world.  "Fr Aimilianos was born in 1934, and as a priest and theologian he attracted a following of like-minded men and women, some of whom later joined him in renewing one…

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2019

  + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church: May the Grace, Peace and Mercy of Christ Risen in Glory be with you All Venerable brothers and beloved children in the Lord, Having run the…

Video for Easter at the Bigorski Monastery

Somewhat before midnight, with a spiritual tremor we stand in the silent dim light of the Divine home, expecting for the Holy Light to break the darkness. The human nature is renewed, resurrected; the death is defeated. The Holy Fire brings a new, heavenly radiance in the church. Come ye, receive the light from the…

Video for Good Friday - The Passion of Christ

The Apostle of love, St John, wrote a new history for the world. Not the history of vices and death, but rather the one of real life, saying: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God because of love for us, people, incarnated and came to Earth, because of…

Time schedule for the Divine services of Passion Week

April 20th – SATURDAY OF LAZARUS 06:30 A.M. – Mattins and Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 16:00 P.M. – Small Vespers 20:00 P.M. – Vigil (Vespers, Mattins, First Hour)   April 21th – PALM SUNDAY 07:30 A.M. – Third and Sixth Hour, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 16:00 P.M. – Ninth Hour, Vespers 21:00 P.M.…

Clean Wednesday – A three-day restraint

While fasting with the body, brethren, let us also fast in spirit. Let us loose every bond of iniquity; let us undo the knots of every contract made by violence; let us tear up all unjust agreements; let us give bread to the hungry and welcome to our house the poor who have no roof…

“This is the holy and Great Lent“ - a new video for the first Lenten song

This past period one more video was made at the Bigorski Monastery, this time for the first Lenten song (carol) titled “This is the holy and Great Lent”. Its purpose was to invite all the faithful to take part in the salvational Lenten days. Namely, one should know that the richness of the Byzantine music…

Clean Tuesday

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be…

Clean Monday

Let us observe a fast acceptable and pleasing to the Lord. True fasting is to put away all evil, to control the tongue, to forbear from anger, to abstain from lust, slander, falsehood and perjury. If we renounce these things, then is our fasting true and acceptable to God.   This is the time of…

The emotional Vespers of Forgiveness

Let us all make haste to humble the flesh by abstinence, as we set out upon the God-given course of the holy Fast; and with prayers and tears let us seek our Lord and Saviour. Laying aside all memories of evil, let us cry aloud: We have sinned against Thee, Christ our King; save us…

The Lent and the forgiveness - endeavors of Christian love

Sermon of his Beatitude, Archimandrite Parthenius, uttered during the touching Vespers of forgiveness My dear ones, let us thank God for bringing us here, in this sacred time of the Great Lent, when He opens wide the doors of mercy for us. In the prayers for blessing of the Lenten period, that we have just…

The blessing descended by St. Parthenius’ prayers consecrated the foundations for the new hospices

The commune prayer towards St. Parthenius of Lampsacus attracted his blessing the next day too, when the festivity reached its peak with the festive Divine Liturgy headed by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Debar and Kichevo Mr. Timothy and co-celebrated by the Metropolitan of Tetovo and Gostivar, Joseph, and the numerous clergy.  This large liturgical…

Compassion is the way of Christ

Sermon of His Beatitude, Archimandrite Parthenius, uttered on the Vespers celebration of St. Parthenius of Lampsacus Iam truly touched, and I do not know which words to use. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the great love, which I can feel from all of you. But I find myself totally unworthy…

The Bigorski everyday life through the monastic song “Amidst the desert beauty”

For the purpose of preparing a video for the monastic song called “Amidst the desert beauty” professional teams consisting of a photography manager, producer, montage master and a director, have spent a significant time at the Bigorski sanctuary, truing with all their skill to successfully catch and put on a camera the everyday life in…

The heavenly intercessor of the Bigorski Elder – great feast for the Monastery

The celebration of St. Parthenius, the Wonderworker of Lampsacus, is a great festivity for the Bigorski monastery. Almost 30 years ago, this glorious lighthouse of the Church, the Bishop of Christ Parthenius blessed, through the mouth of the most respected Metropolitan Timothy, our beloved Elder, dignifying him with the honour to carry his holy name.…

Bishop Maxim of SOC: Bartholomew took upon himself the cross of a historical decision

The Bishop of Western America Mr. Maxim Vasilevic, in his interview for Serbica Americana, on the occasion of celebrating Christ’s Nativity – Christmas, among the other things, comments on the 800 years- jubilee since the granting of autocephaly of the SOC, as well as on the new events and turmoil in the Orthodox world. This…

Only the faith in God can bring real freedom to men

Exclusive interview with Archimandrite Partenij, abbot of Bigorski Monastery "St John the Baptist" by "Bitolski vesnik"    B.V.: We have just entered the New Year of 2019. Share with us your impressions about the previous year from an ecclesiastical and political aspect. Did you achieve what you have planned? Fr Partenij: First of all, may we all…

The Nativity of Christ

The heavenly choir, who celebrates in a worthy manner the moment of our salvation and blesses the day predetermined for our inexplicable joy in this glorious day-night cycle, was accompanied by the Bigorski monastery, which joined with love this wonderful doxology. Earth joined Heaven in this festive rejoicing and celebrates with glorious chants the newly…