Services and Sacraments

The Nativity of Christ

The heavenly choir, who celebrates in a worthy manner the moment of our salvation and blesses the day predetermined for our inexplicable joy in this glorious day-night cycle, was accompanied by the Bigorski monastery, which joined with love this wonderful doxology. Earth joined Heaven in this festive rejoicing and celebrates with glorious chants the newly…

The Christmas Eve Royal Hours

Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand. He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe. The God Who from of old established the heavens lieth in a manger. He Who showered the people with manna in the wilderness feedeth on…

A whole night praise to the angelical voice of the Church

Come ye faithful let’s celebrate the Mother of God’s honorable Protection, because she mercifully spread her hands to her Son and the whole world got covered in her intercession. Therefore let us rejoice and sing with our lips and heart, chants and spiritual hymns together will all who come to her. (From the Intercession of…

(Video) Monastic tonsure in the Precista Monastery

Is there anyone who loves God more than the One, whose Birth we celebrate today? But is there someone who has been beloved by God more than she is? What other divine creature is more pure than Her, or equal to Her, or even slightly close to Her? The Most Pure Mother of God, the…

Vespers for the Founders

Rejoice ye, pastor of Ohrid, and most holy hermit of the Bigorski Monastery! Rejoice ye have founded it for eternity, most blessed John, appraisal of Debar!   (Megalynarion to St. John of Debar, Archbishop of Ohrid) The prayerful rejoicing in the Bigorski Monastery in honour of the glorious Beheading of the Forerunner, was completed this afternoon…

The glorious Beheading of the Forerunner…

The feast which we have gathered here to celebrate together today is radiant and filled with divine joy. It is rightly called radiant because it shines from the very name of him whom we are honouring today, since he is called the lamp of the light. He is not, of course, a lamp who illumines…