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A schedule of events on the occasion of the ordination as bishop of our Elder and Abbot, Archimandrite Parthenius

It gives us great joy to inform you that the ordination of our Elder and Abbot Archimandrite Parthenius is scheduled for 18:00 on Saturday, July 11th, 2020, at the Holy Bigorski Monastery. At 8:30 the next morning, July 12th, 2020, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, a Divine Liturgy would be served…

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Today we celebrate the Great Forerunner, "The greatest among those born from a woman", "the bright sparkle that precedes the Light", "the warrior who announced the coming of the King of all creation", the voice of the Logos and the bright star that shows us the way to the Sun of Justice. He gathered all…

It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos

Raise to Your Lord your God-given hands, in which You carried Jesus Christ, and plead with Him to deliver us from all evil.  She was unnoticeable, insignificant, and became broader than Heaven. She was endlessly patient in Her sorrows, and yet became the joy for all. Felt and called herself a "servant" and became the…

Constantinople - the symbol of Christian greatness and a message of repentance

Today the crown of the earthly kingdom has been surrendered by the King of all cities, succumbed to torment the city of the Mother of God, Constantine’s treasure, is purified by fire and a garland shining with glory from the hands of the Creator of the centuries receives this home of saints and beloved city…

Descent of the Holy Spirit - Pentecost

Today, we unspeakably rejoice as we are celebrating the Feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit; Today, we rejoice, because in a way it’s the “birthday of our Church!” Today, guided by His infinite love for the Son, the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father, with infinite obedience, hasten to fulfil Son’s desire…

The Ascension of Christ - bringing and uniting human nature with the Lord

O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly. You were never separate but remained inseparable, and cried out to those who love You, "I am with you and no one is against you." (Kontakion of the feast) The Feast of the Ascension…

The Bigorski Monastery welcomed their spiritual father as a newly elected bishop

With great joy, the Bigorski Monastery, together with the gathered faithful believers, welcomed with dignity their Elder and Abbot, Archimandrite Parthenius, who today was unanimously elected as a new bishop by the Holy Hierarchs of the Holy Synod of the MOC-OA. On the occasion of the solemn welcome, the Elder addressed these fatherly words to…

Our Elder and Abbot Archimandrite Parthenius, was unanimously honoured as a vicar Bishop

Today, when we celebrate the memory of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, who is well reknown in the Church and often called as the “Apostle of Love”, our Elder and Abbot, Archimandrite Parthenius, was unanimously honoured with the most sublime and holy apostolic hierarchical title by the Holy Synod of the MOC…

Consecration of the chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Consecration of the chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker located in the East Palace of the Monastery Complex at the Bigorski Monastery In this festive period of the Resurrection of the Christ, on the Week of the Samaritan Woman, the chapel dedicated to Our Holy Father St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, has been consecrated. To…

Blessings all over Struga

After he blessed us with his gracious visit and filled with joy our monastic family that gathered in Rajchica to venerate his holy memory, this year also, in spite of the epidemy, St. George Triumphant didn’t deprive the lovely Struga of his blessing. He embraced with his blessing the old streets of Struga through the…

He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live

A sermon of His Reverence, Archimandrite Parthenius delivered at the Vespers of the festivity of St. George the Triumphant. Contemplating, my dear ones, about the greatness of our God-given faith, while listening to the wonderful chants and readings of this festive Vespers, my heart cannot but exclaim in joy: Glory and gratitude to our Saviour,…

The Myrrh-bearing women - Apostles of Christ’s love

A sermon by His Eminence, Archimandrite Parthenius, delivered on the Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women at the monastic Refectory in Rajcica. “Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that…

Pashal Lythany at the Prechista Monastery – a blessing from the Heavenly Empress

Just like in the Divine services, where every chant ends with the praise of the One who is the reason for our salvation, this Holy Pashal week is also crowned with the holiday of the purest Theotokos, called The Life-Giving Fountain – Balikli. The history of this holiday begins in the middle of the 5th…

(Video) Vespers of Love

The Paschal joy still glitters in the hearts of faithful, fulfilling their homes with the rays of the never-setting light of the Eighth Day. The message about the Conquerer of death, Who rose from His grave, echoes loudly throughout the entire Orthodox world and continues to send its unearthly love, comforting to all the people.…

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2020

† 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: MAY THE GRACE, PEACE AND MERCY OF CHRIST RISEN IN GLORY BE WITH YOU ALL Dearest brother Hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord, Having arrived at…

Word of Consolation for the Pandemic

Many people are in confusion and others panic because of the threat of the Coronavirus epidemic that spread in the whole world. I think, however, that this should not happen, for whatever God does with us, He does it out of love. The God of Christians is a good God, a God of mercy and…

Message of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding COVID-19 (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Weh9gZAOhTk&feature=youtu.be Brother hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord, From the Phanar, from the heart of the Queen of Cities, from the City of the Great Church and of Haghia Sophia, we are communicating with each and every one of you – women, men, and children – because of the unprecedented conditions and tribulation that…

Communique of the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding the COVID-19 (Corona) virus

The Holy and Great Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, convened under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and among other issues, thoroughly deliberated upon the events of the COVID-19 (Corona) virus and with a feeling of pastoral responsibility, points out the following: 1) Despite the seriousness of the situation, prudence, patience, and the…

The Wonderworker of Lampsakos – monastery feast of Bigorski

The Bigorski Monastery shines again, filled with its numerous spiritual children, who came inspired by a single thought – to offer prayers and praise to the Holy Wonderworker of Lampsakos Parthenios because for 25 years now he has been interceding before the Divine Throne for their beloved Elder who carries his glorious name. And it’s…

„The zeal of the Comforter“

Excerpt from the sermon of Archimadrite Parthenius on his names day This diversity of faithful, gathered here tonight, testifies that the Church is One Holy Ecumenical and Apostolic – the one Body of Christ of which we are all members (see I Corinthians 12,27). Therefore, we all together create the great and wonderful family of…