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Historical visit of Athonites to the Archdiocese of Ohrid (PHOTOS)

On Saturday, the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou on Mount Athos, Archimandrite Bartholomew, accompanied by the fathers of the Monastery, and the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saints Anargyroi Chernogorski Archimandrite Nikanoros from the  Church of Bulgaria, visited the Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist Bighorski on the territory of the…

A friendly visit of the US Ambassador

Today our Holy Monastery was honoured with a friendly visit by the US Ambassador, Her Excellency Kate Marie Byrnes. The highly esteemed guest and her dear friend were warmly welcomed by our Elder, Bishop Parthenius, in the spirit of monastic hospitality and kindness. During this heartfelt meeting in the study of our Elder, he acquainted…

The Sunday of the Paralytic

This my joy therefore is fulfilled (John 3,29). - was testified by the one who exclaimed in the desert, the greatest born from a woman, the Baptist of our Lord, pouring springs of joy upon us from its icon named Bigorska. Namely today his church was a witness to a very rare event, unseen in…

Gratitude is the spice of all the virtues

A sermon of His Eminence the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Liturgy on the Sunday of the Paralytic, on the 15th of May, 2021 year of our Lord. Today, my dear ones, we heard from the Holy Gospel according to John, about the miracle that…

Most joyful annunciation from Constantinople: The Ecumenical Patriarchate recognised our historical and reinstated Ohrid Archbishopric as canonical

This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein. „It is the Day of Resurrection, let us be radiant, o ye people “, because the annunciation came for the resurrection of our glorious, holy, ancient and most beloved Ohrid Archbishopric! Just like Christ’s Gospel once brought light to…

Premiere of the documentary about Bigorski

Dear readers, Our friends, fans, brothers and sisters, We are especially pleased to inform you that on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. the online premiere of the new documentary film about the Holy Bigorski Monastery, entitled "1000 years – Witness of the Light", will occur. The broadcast of the film will take place on…

Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 2021

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew /Nicos Papachristou + B A R T H O L O M E W BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME  AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH  TO ALL THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE  FROM THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM * * * Brother concelebrants and blessed children, Having once…

Vespers at the church of the Life-giving Spring in Athens

Today, within the programme of the First International Festival of Byzantine singing in Athens, the choir of the Holy Bigorski Monastery took part in the festive and resurrectional Vespers in the beautiful temple of the Mother of God, dedicated to her Life-giving Spring. The brothers sang in Church Slavonic language as a second choir,  antiphonically…

Presentation of the Bigorski choir in Athens

The Catholic Church of Athens dedicated to the Holy Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God, a monumental temple of the Orthodox Church in Greece, a place of many sacred services, important events and anniversaries, last night was the witness of another unique and historic event. Namely, at the invitation of the Ministry of…

Heaven and hell - (Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus)

19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs…

Address by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Pan-Orthodox Chorostasia at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Washington, D.C.

Your Eminence Elder-Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, venerable representative of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: I would like to reverently express to You — on behalf of all the fellow brother concelebrants of our Holy Eparchial Synod, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, our entire clergy body and all of…

Ecumenical Patriarch: Holy Physicians constitute special anchor for all those serving in medical field

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued an encyclical regarding the Feast of the Holy Physicians. On October 17, 2021, the Church will honor for the first time the contribution of medical science to humankind following the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Synaxis of the Holy Physicians. The Holy Synod decided to establish the Sunday closest to…

Relics of Elder Joseph of Vatopedi exhumed on Mt. Athos

The holy remains of one of the great Athonite elders of the 20th and 21st centuries were exhumed today at Vatopedi Monastery on the Holy Mountain. Elder Joseph of Vatopedi spent 13 years as a disciple of the great St. Joseph the Hesychast. He remained at New Skete after the repose of his elder in 1959,…

Keeping the faith - Interview with Archbishop Elpidofor

Interview with Archbishop Elpidofor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America In this digital age, do we need more forgiveness and sacrifice in our lives? And where can we look for direction? Monocle Films sat down with Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to find out how the church strives to address…

Thousands travel miles on foot to venerate miraculous Theotokos icon

Every year on the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians go on pilgrimage to Panagia Antifonitria Church on the slopes of Mt. Kryoneritis in the village of Myriokefala in Crete. Many of the pilgrims walk many miles on foot to venerate the wonderworking Icon of the Theotokos…

Let's take down the mountains of pride

Sermon of His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius of Antania and Abbot of the Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Vespers of the feast of St. John the Forerunner, on Friday, 10 September 2021 AD In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Honourable fathers, Venerable brothers monks and nun sisters, Pious Christians…

The Transfiguration announces the cross, but also the resurrection

A sermon of His Eminence, Bishop of Antania, Parthenius, Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered on the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, at the Holy Liturgy in the Monastery of the Immaculate Holy Mother of God in Kichevo, on August 19, 2021 In the name of the Father and the Son and…

The demonism of our time

A sermon of His Eminence the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost, on the 25th of July, 2021 year of our Lord. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Today, my dear ones, we…

Christians as missionaries: the testimony of the Holy Brothers

A sermon of His Eminence the Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered during the Liturgy of the Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the skete dedicated to them, in Bitushe, on the 24th of May, 2021 year of our Lord. In the name of the Father and of the…

The Exalted Son of Man – the One through Whom we are saved

Sermon of His Eminence, Bishop Parthenius of Antania, Elder and Abbot of the Holy Bigorski Monastery, delivered after the reading of the Gospel of the Holy Liturgy, on the Feast of the Holy and Great Megalomartyr Saint George the Triumphant, in the Monastery of Rajcica, on the 6th of May 2021.  Christ is Risen! In…