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Liturgical Feast of St. Parthenius

The Great Wonderworker of Lampsacus struggled all his life for the magnificence of the Church. Because of him, the previous night Bigorski gathered in its blossom the offspring's of our beloved Elder and Abbot, Bishop Parthenius of Antania, to celebrate together the bright memory of the Saint. Today he prepared for us a real Liturgical…

Fear – that’s not who you are

You are not the one who fears. You are not the one who gets upset. You are not the one who trembles and goes crazy from the troubles and difficulties of everyday life. No, those are the roles you have imposed upon yourself, they make you feel like that. If you take off the coat…

The Feast of Saint Ioanniki of Rakotinci

From the heights, of Mount Zion, Look at us and endow us with grace, Saint Ioanniki, ye most gentle father From the sweetest Christ, our joy Whom you have beloved from your youth. Nothing delights the souls of the faithful as much as the celebrating of feasts and the presence of God's Saints who with…

Bishop Parthenius for Media Information Agency (MIA): The only thing we should fear is the egoism, the passions within us, the selfishness, the rejoice in someone’s misfortune, ungratefulness, vanity (Extract from the interview)

Bishop Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Bigorski Monastery MIA: Until now, MOC-OA hasn’t given any public statement regarding the vaccine. We have heard statements of certain Bishops from other Local Churches, who approve of it, but there are also those who oppose it. Even the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said publicly that he would take…

The Circumcision of our Lord and the Memory of St. Basil the Great

Today we celebrate another feast which represents God's humbleness that brings salvation to the human race. Look at the Divine humbleness that the Creator of the Universe shows! The gentle God was not ashamed to clothe Himself in our fallen body! He was not ashamed of the circumcision of the flesh either, because as "the…

Come ye faithful, let us see where Christ was born!

A sermon of His Eminence, the Bishop Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Bigorski Monastery, uttered at Christmas during the Divine Liturgy, after the reading of the Holy Gospel Мy dear ones, one of the hymns we chanted tonight in honour of the Nativity of Christ goes as follows: : Come ye faithful, let us…

Patriarchal Proclamation For Christmas 2020

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ✠ 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 GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE FROM THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM Most venerable brothers in Christ and beloved children, As we journey with the…

The Feast of Saint Nicholas – Joy for the Bigorski Monastery

Everything under the sun speaks about your miracles and the depth of your virtues, Nicholas the thrice-blessed, advocate of the poor; breadwinner of the orphans and widows; guide to the blind and defender of all. The Holy Scriptures testify that blessed is the memory of the righteous and the long practice of Christ’s Church confirms…

Exclusive: Interview of the Bishop Parthenius for the Ukrainian "РЕЛІГІЙНА ПРАВДА"

Interview of the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery dedicated to The Honourable Forerunner, at the request of the Ukrainian News Agency РЕЛІГІЙНА ПРАВДА Homepage of the website „Релігійніа правда“ Dear Bishop, both the secular and the ecclesiastical authorities of North Macedonia, have addressed the Ecumenical Throne with an appeal for…

The Feast of St. Clement at the Bigorski Monastery

It’s a great but also bold act to speak and write about the renowned wonderworker of Ohrid, the Equal-to-Apostles St. Clement, because we’re required to thoroughly plunge into his holy life and dive down the immense depths of his theology. However, all of us, just like children, though unworthy, rejoice that God has entrusted us…

The British Ambassador, Mrs. Rachel Galloway, visited the Bigorski Monastery

On Wednesday the 18th of November, Her Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mrs. Rachel Galloway, accompanied by diplomatic representatives of the British Embassy, ​​visited our Monastery. To our great honor, the meeting was organized at the request of the Ambassador, eager to discover our Monastery, to get acquainted with the daily monastic life,…

Official Visit of the United States Secretary of State to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Today, Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Hon. Michael R. Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, conducted a visit to the See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Phanar, where he was received with great honor.The Secretary of State, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, and the Hon. Mr. David Satterfield, US Ambassador…

Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer

Oh, great warrior and martyr of Christ, look at the Orthodox people seeking for your help! Pour on us the ointment of your courage so we can defeat the proud enemy who lures us with his deception, so that we may freely embrace Christ in the Holy Spirit and Truth. Rejoice, our Holy Great Martyr…

The Bigorski Monastery Celebrates its 1000th Anniversary

The Holy Bigorski Monastery, the icon of Christ’s light – celebrates its 1000 year jubilee! The divine wisdom and providence arranged today for our generation to be the witness of a truly rare historical event. Today the Holy Bigorski Monastery, the spiritual summit of our nation, the heart of our spirituality, the centuries-old lighthouse which…

The triumph over time and centuries

Sermon of His Beatitude, Archibishop Stephen of Ohrid and Macedonia, during the ceremony of the 1000th jubilee of the Bigorski Monastery, on October 18th, 2020 AD His Beatitude, Archbishop Stephen of Ohrid and Macedonia My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the…

1000 years of the Bigorski Monastery – 1000 years of holines, revival, love towards the nation

A word of gratitude of our beloved Elder and Abbot, the Bishop of Antania, Mr Parthenius, addressed to Metropolitan Timothy during the Vespers before the ceremony, in which he stressed with God-inspired words the importance of the Bigorski’s 1000th jubilee Your Holiness, Your High Reverence, Honourable and righteous Fathers, brothers monks, and sisters, Beloved guests…

The cross is a symbol of pain, but also of resurrection and joy!

Sermon by His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered at the Holy Liturgy on the Feast of the Cross in Rajcica, after the reading of the Holy Gospel, 14/27 September 2020 Year of Our Lord. Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,…

The mystery of the Cross is the main preaching of Christ’s Church

A sermon by His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered at the Vespers for the Feast of the Cross, in the Temple of the Holy Great Martyr George the Triumphant in Rajcica, on 13/26 September 2020 Year of Our Lord. Let us stand with faith and hope before the…

Vespers in memory of the Great Founder of the Bigorski Monastery

With an angelic-like celebration and heavenly glory, as if in the heights of paradise, our sanctuary celebrated the Feast of the greatest among the Prophets, the Voice of the Word of God, who lived for the love and glory of Christ - Saint John the Forerunner. It participated in the great joy of the one…

The 1000 years old Bigorski Monastery celebrates its patron Saint

Bright and graceful is, my dear pious Christians, this festive congregation of ours that has gathered us today to celebrate. It is celebrated as light, because it radiates with the name of the one that we honour now, since he is called the beacon of light. Indeed, it is not only a beacon that showers…