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Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy

I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people (Acts 23,5) It’s so sad that nowadays there are many “Christians” who condemn our Lord to death with their pharisaic justice and absence of love. Such judgemental spirit is reflected…

The wrong approach to prayer

If a man say, I love God, and hated his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (I John 4,…

The Lord’s Prayer

God knows and sees everything. He sees our needs, our desires, our deficiencies, our wounds. It is not by chance that once the Apostles asked Christ to teach them how to pray. As pious Jews they must have known prayers, but obviously were not satisfied with the present pharisaic spirit of praying and needed something…

The Nativity of Christ in Bigorski

O new commingling; O strange conjunction; the Self-Existent comes into being, the Uncreated is created, That which cannot be contained is contained, by the intervention of an intellectual soul, mediating between the Deity and the corporeity of the flesh. And He Who gives riches becomes poor, for He assumes the poverty of my flesh, that I…

Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 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 Grace, mercy and peace from the newborn Savior Christ in Bethlehem Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, Having once again arrived at the great feast of…

The presents from Germany - great joy for the children

The wonderful gifts from Germany, which were prepared with great love and sent to our monastery, awakened much joy and warmed the children's hearts. As a small annunciation of the most joyful Christmas celebration, the Bigorsky monastery rejoyced with the cheerful tinkle of many children who received with visible thrill the gifts presented by our…

A German school donated Christmas presents for children to the Bigorski monastery

At the threshold of the great feast of Divine peace and angelic joy – The Nativity of Christ, the Schuelerhort Comenisschule school from Hanover, Germany, donated around 30 Christmas presents for children to our holy monastery. The Head of the school, as well as the parents and especially the children, being informed about the mission of…

Our task (Part 3)

What sort of work will occupy us in paradise? What sort of work did Adam and Eve do? As Scripture says, the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Delight to cultivate and keep it (Gen 2.15), in other words, to protect and cultivate the plants there. Those plants were…

The President Pendarovski at Bigorski: If we have no respect the roots, we would have no future

Today the Holy Bigorski Monastery was honoured with the visit of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mr. Stevo Pendarovski, who was warmly welcomed by our Elder and Abbot, Archimandrit Parthenius and our Fraternity. The reason behind this visit of our noble President was his personal wish to get better acquainted with the…

How we shall stand before God (Part 2)

What, then, my dear friends, should our stance be in view of this paradise, which is both within us, and of which we are a part? How does one live in paradise? Naked, but not ashamed (Gen 2.25). And what does it mean to stand nuked before God? It means to approach God in simplicity,…

On sense and imprudence

A sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius regarding the Gospel of the 9th week after the Exaltation (the Rich Fool), delivered in the monastery Refectory on 1st of December 2019. My dear ones, today we heard from the Gospel the parable spoken by our Saviour, regarding the rich man who was blessed with abundancy of…

We have found Paradise (Part 1)

The hymns that we chant just before the start of Great Lent lament the loss of paradise. They present us with the figure of Adam, who was stripped of the garments of glory woven for him by God. In one of these hymns, Adam, exiled from paradise, strikes up a lament, and cries: “I shall…

Parents, bring your children to Christ

Often know what is good for us and yet we don’t do it cause it’s hard, we’re lazy. All right, people are weak, inconsistent, we all fall; we should just beware not to drown into the sin. Did you fall in a sin? Stand up right away and run with repentance to Christ. We all…

More honorable than the cherubim...

The Most Holy Theotokos will never forget us, because She became the Mother of the eternal Love. An amazing and inexplicable mystery which should be accepted with faith, just like Theotokos accepted with faith the mystery of our Lord’s incarnation. Namely, when Archangel Gabriel revealed this great mystery to Her that She was to give…

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour

Today many Christians look for excuses and blame the sinful surroundings for their bad deeds. They say: “We live in a world filled with temptations, with great challenges to our faith. How can we live like Christians?! That’s impossible!” But look, my dear ones, the Most Holy Theotokos proved with Her own example that in…

Thoughts on Living with Cancer - Part 1

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:106) We sing the verse above at the service of the Artoklasia – five loaves. It is a source of great comfort and strength. Then St. John of Damascus writes in the funeral service of the Holy Orthodox Church, “What earthly sweetness remains unmixed with…

The beginning of the Fast of Theotokos

It's a huge blessing for the Christians to have the Most Holy Theotokos as their powerful intercessor before God! And not just an intercessor – we have Her as our Mother! Because the Immaculate Virgin is a Mother in two aspects: She is the Mother of God and the Mother of Christians. A Mother of…

There’s no dead-end where Christ is

Sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, on the eighth Sunday after Pentecost, delivered in the monastery Refectory Today, my dear ones, we’ve heard from the Gospel of this, eighth Sunday after Pentecost, about the miracle that Lord Jesus Christ performed in the desert – namely, He fed over five thousand men with five loaves and…

Celebration of the Seven Saints

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars -says the wise Old Testament preacher (Prov. 9,1). And, truly, the Wisdom of God, the Word of the Father, built his palace of love and holiness among the Slavic people, giving them, as His stable pillars, the seven God-chosen vessels of the Spirit,…

Believe ye that I am able to do this?

Sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius, on the seventh Sunday after Pentecost, delivered in the monastery Refectory. Today, my dear ones, we have heard from the Gospel as to how God came to do good to humankind.  In today’s liturgical reading, Saint Matthew, the Apostle and Evangelist, was telling us how Christ healed two blind…