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Nativity Caves for every Christian home

As we approach the ineffable mystery of the Nativity, when the Christ Child was born hidden from the world in a humble cave to bring us all the joy of salvation, our homes should be lit up with decorations worthy of welcoming this most holy and saving Nativity. Our homes should reflect the humble image…

Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos celebrated in the Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos in Kičevo

How can we not praise and glorify the Most Holy Theotokos, through whom the greatest mysteries of God’s plan for the salvation of man were carried out? Today, as a three-year-old child, she is brought into the Temple at Jerusalem by her holy parents, Joachim and Anna, and is received by the high priest Zacharias,…

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple reveals to us the purpose of our existence

A homily by His Grace, Bishop Partenij of Antania, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Bigorski, on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, given at Divine Liturgy at the Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos near Kičevo, on December 4th in the Year of Our Lord 2022. In…

Who is my neighbor?

A homily by His Grace Bishop Partenij of Antania, given at Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Good Samaritan, November 27th in the Year of Our Lord 2022. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow, with God’s help, we begin the blessed podvig of the…

Saint George the Victory Bearer—Bearer of Divine Eros

A homily by His Grace Bishop Partenij of Antania, given on the Feast of St. George at Divine Liturgy on November 16th in the year of Our Lord 2022 at Knežino Monastery. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Today, my beloved, we are illuminated by the…

The Parable of Lazarus the Poor Man—A lesson in eschatology

A homily by His Grace Bishop Partenij of Antania, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Bigorski, given on the Sunday of the Parable of Lazarus the Poor Man, on the 7th of November in the Year of Our Lord 2022. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…

Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81

Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II passed away today at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer. Early years Born as Herodotos Dimitriou on April 10, 1941, in Tala, Paphos, he joined the monastery of Ayios Neophytos at age 12, two years after losing his father. In 1963 he was ordained deacon by…

Christian monastery — possibly more than 1,400 years old — found off United Arab Emirates' coast

An ancient Christian monastery — possibly dating as far back as the years before Islam spread across the Arabian Peninsula — has been discovered on an island off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history…

Concelebration in Piacenza, Italy

Archimandrite Dositej, a monk of Bigorski Monastery, celebrated the Divine Liturgy today in the Church of St. Bartholomew the Apostle and St. Prohor of Pčinje in Piacenza, Italy, at the invitation of His Eminence, Metropolitan Pimen of Europe of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and with the blessing of our local bishop, His Eminence Metropolitan Timotej…

Festal concelebration on the Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, those wonderful God-loving and truth-loving pillars of the Church of Christ, shone like the many stars of the spiritual sky, because they gave themselves over to great dangers, tortures, and even death to defend the image of Christ, the icon of Christ, but also icons of the…

Let us cultivate the seed of Divine Culture

A homily by His Grace, Bishop Partenij, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Bigorski, given at Divine Liturgy after the Reading of the Gospel of the Parable of the Sower, on October 30th in the year of Our Lord 2022 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…

Feast of St. Longinus the Centurion in Bigorski

With today’s commemoration of an extraordinary martyr and confessor of Christ, Saint Longinus the Centurion, the scene of the terrible Crucifixion of Christ shines before us again. It was Longinus the Centurion who was the Roman captain in charge of the bodies hanging on the three crosses and it was he who was deemed worthy…

Saint Longinus the Centurion-Apostle of the Resurrection

A homily by His Grace, Bishop Partenij of Antania, abbot of the Holy Monastery of Bigorski, given after the Holy Gospel at Divine Liturgy on the feast of St. Longinus the Centurion, October 29th in the year of Our Lord 2022 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy…

The city of Debar shines with the heavenly glory of Saint Paraskevi

The yearly commemoration of Saint Paraskevi in Debar, always has a special festive atmosphere marked by a particular joy, and the hearts of the people of Debar are filled with tender affection at the Saint’s mysterious and grace-filled visitation. Their deep love and respect for the Saint are so great that it shines outwards, honoring…

Ecumenical Patriarch met with King Charles III of the United Kingdom

At noon today, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. During their half-hour private meeting, the Ecumenical Patriarch expressed once again his condolences for the death of the King’s Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as his prayers and best wishes on behalf of the Mother Church for a successful…

Saint Paraskevi as an image of hope and joy

A homily by His Grace Bishop Partenij of Antania, given at Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Venerable Paraskevi of Epivates at the church dedicated to her in the city of Debar, Macedonia, on October 27th in the year of Our Lord 2022. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of…

Against anger and resentment

Whoever gets angry at a friend gives themselves over to the devil A certain monk Isaac recounted the following incident from his life. “One time,” he says, “I argued with my brother and started to get angry at him. Later, while I was sitting in my cell and doing handiwork, I suddenly remembered the argument…

Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Holy Monastery of Prečista

How exalted are the works of faith! In the space and time of the Church, that miraculous ship of salvation, which invites everyone in, and where there is a place for everyone, we are all related. In the Church, we all become one family, one race, one flock with one Shepherd. Our personal participation in…

The Theotokos's omophorion of love

A homily given by His Grace Bishop Partenij of Antania on the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, at Divine Liturgy in Prečista Monastery near Kičevo, North Macedonia, on October 14th in the year of Our Lord 2022  In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Beloved, we…

Exclusive interview with the abbot of Bigorski Monastery, Bishop Partenij: A humble, thankful person brings blessings both on himself and on those around him.

Our conversation with the abbot of Bigorski Monastery, Bishop Partenij, was truly a special one because of how exceptional he is, in every sense of the word. It was because of this that we wanted to interview him, and not only for our own readers, but for everyone. At the center of the Monastery is…