Services and Sacraments

Vespers of St. Parthenius and name day of our Elder

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are charismatic gardeners who make our souls flourish. - Marcel Proust In the spirit of gratitude, according to these inspired words, as well as according to the testament of the Divine Apostle Paul: Remember them which have the rule over you, who have…

Liturgical Feast of St. Parthenius

The Great Wonderworker of Lampsacus struggled all his life for the magnificence of the Church. Because of him, the previous night Bigorski gathered in its blossom the offspring's of our beloved Elder and Abbot, Bishop Parthenius of Antania, to celebrate together the bright memory of the Saint. Today he prepared for us a real Liturgical…

The Feast of Saint Ioanniki of Rakotinci

From the heights, of Mount Zion, Look at us and endow us with grace, Saint Ioanniki, ye most gentle father From the sweetest Christ, our joy Whom you have beloved from your youth. Nothing delights the souls of the faithful as much as the celebrating of feasts and the presence of God's Saints who with…

The Circumcision of our Lord and the Memory of St. Basil the Great

Today we celebrate another feast which represents God's humbleness that brings salvation to the human race. Look at the Divine humbleness that the Creator of the Universe shows! The gentle God was not ashamed to clothe Himself in our fallen body! He was not ashamed of the circumcision of the flesh either, because as "the…

The Feast of Saint Nicholas – Joy for the Bigorski Monastery

Everything under the sun speaks about your miracles and the depth of your virtues, Nicholas the thrice-blessed, advocate of the poor; breadwinner of the orphans and widows; guide to the blind and defender of all. The Holy Scriptures testify that blessed is the memory of the righteous and the long practice of Christ’s Church confirms…

The Feast of St. Clement at the Bigorski Monastery

It’s a great but also bold act to speak and write about the renowned wonderworker of Ohrid, the Equal-to-Apostles St. Clement, because we’re required to thoroughly plunge into his holy life and dive down the immense depths of his theology. However, all of us, just like children, though unworthy, rejoice that God has entrusted us…