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“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…

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…

The Dayspring from on high hath visited us

Sermon of His Beatitude, Archimandrite Parthenius, uttered at the feast of the Nativity of Christ before the beginning of the all-night vigil Τhe the mystery of Nativity lives in its fullness in the hearts open to God, in the being of the man tired of egoism and burdened by sin, who has humbly replied to…

Christmas Eve at Bigorski

24 December 2018/6 January 2019 At the threshold of the long-awaited Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the evening hours before the holiday, the festivity began at the holy Bigorski monastery where a great multitude of faithful came from all over our country, united in the same love toward our humble Lord, who had…

Christianity is a faith of love, humbleness, freedom and beauty

A sermon of the Very Reverent Father, Archimandrite Parthenius, spoken during the Christmas Eve in the Great Reception Room of the monastery My dear ones, I would like to thank you all for being here with us tonight, to rejoice together for the Nativity of our Savior. I am especially grateful to the members of…

Hieromonk Lucas athonite gave the Patriarch the calligraphed parchment with the Tomos for Ukraine

Today, 4 th January 2019, His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. Bartholomew welcomed in his patriarchal residence the reverent Hieromonk Mr. Lucas of Xenophontos. Father Lucas, the most famous Athonite painter and calligrapher, gave His All Holiness the parchment with a calligraphy of the Tomos for the autocephalous Church in Ukraine, hand written by…

The Christmas Eve Royal Hours

Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand. He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe. The God Who from of old established the heavens lieth in a manger. He Who showered the people with manna in the wilderness feedeth on…

Iraq officially makes Christmas Day a national holiday

The Iraqi Cabinet approved a law to mark Christmas Day, December 25, as an official holiday across the country "on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ," according to a statement released by the Iraqi government. https://twitter.com/IraqiGovt/status/1077213857586782208 The Cabinet voted on an amendment to the national holidays law in the country that Christmas Day…

Metropolis of Piraeus distributes 7,500 Christmas “parcels of love”

Photo: romfea.gr Thousands in need have found assistance again this year through the multifaceted social and charitable work of the Metropolis of Piraeus of the Greek Orthodox Church, reports Romfea. His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus distributed 7,500 “parcels of love,” as they call them, to those struggling to cope with their daily difficulties, with food…

Byzantine Monuments To Be Protected by New Global Charter

An agreement called “The Charter for the Protection of the Byzantine Heritage Monuments” was unanimously ratified this weekend after a three-day meeting held in the city of Thessaloniki, Greek Reporter reports. Representatives from twenty-one countries agreed on a framework of principles for the protection of Byzantine heritage for all areas comprising the former Byzantine Empire.…

The Ecumenical Patriarch reviled what was he bribed with regarding the Ukrainian autocephaly

The Ecumenical Patriarch replied with candies and chocolates to the accusations for bribery by Moscow, refusing to take seriously the attacks which he has lately been exposed to in connection to the motives behind his assigning of the Ukrainian autocephaly. “Although the Russian Church accuses me that I have allegedly received money in order to…

Archimandrite Parthenius met with Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki

Archimandrite Parthenius and Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki Recently, our Elder, Archimandrite Parthenius visited the holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki, where he was cordially accepted by the holy Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Mr. Anthimos. At the meeting our Elder expressed his gratitude to the honorable Bishop for his spiritual love and understanding, manifested through his holy apostolic mission…

Heaven and hell

A sermon of His Beatitude, Archimandrite Parthenius, on the Sunday of the parable for the poor beggar Lazarus, uttered in the monastery Refectory on 4th November 2018 Archimandrite Parthenius Bigorski   My dear ones, today during the Holy Liturgy we had an opportunity to hear one of the most wonderful parables, which our Lord Jesus…

Bigorski participated in the first scientific conference in Byzantine and Medieval studies

On 25th and 26th October this year, in the Congress Hall of the Cyril and Methodius University, near the mysterious waters of the so called White Lake in Ohrid, the first national conference in Byzantine and Medieval studies took place, under the title “The kingdom of Samuel – 1000 years later (1018-2018). This high level…