Apostle Andrew – the Holy and All-Praised First-Called

Church of Serbia - 14/12/17 Commemorated on November 30/December 13 The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called was the first of the Apostles to follow Christ, and he later brought his own brother, the holy Apostle Peter, to Christ (John 1:35-42). The future apostle was from Bethsaida, and from his youth he turned with all his soul to ...

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Romania and Bulgaria

26/5/13 THOUGH distinct countries with different cultures, Romania and Bulgaria share a magnificent landscape of mountains and monasteries, a riveting history of domination and rebirth, and a long stretch of Black Sea coast. Top experiences 1. Hiking in the Carpathians Dense primeval forests that leap straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm story, with bears, wolves, lynx and boar, rugged mountain plateaus, ...

Service Held At Turkey’s Historic Sümela Monastery

16/8/2012 (RTTNews) - Hundreds of Greek Orthodox Christians gathered for the annual religious service at the Sümela Monastery in Turkey's Black Sea coastal province of Trabzon on Wednesday morning, marking the third religious ceremony to be held at the monastery in the history of the Turkish Republic. This year's divine liturgy, held on the occasion of the ...

Fire badly damages 19th century church in southern Ukraine, no injuries reported

By Associated Press 26/1/2012 KIEV, Ukraine — Emergency officials say a fire has badly damaged a 19th-century Orthodox church in southern Ukraine, including collapsing its dome. No injuries have been reported. The fire at the landmark Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in the town of Bolhrad outside the Black Sea port of Odessa broke out Thursday during renovation work, the Emergency Situations ...

Government gives go-ahead for second service at Sümela Monastery

5/8/2011 The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has approved a request by the İstanbul-based Fener Greek Patriarchate for a second service at the Sümela Monastery in the Black Sea coastal province of Trabzon in August, the Doğan news agency reported on Friday. The ministry reportedly told the patriarchate that a religious service can be held ...

Bulgaria shows John the Baptist Relics, hopes for tourist Boom

13/11/2010 Bulgaria’s main Orthodox cathedral is displaying jaw and arm bones and a tooth said to be relics of John the Baptist, in a move state officials hope will boost tourism to the Black Sea resort where they were found. Prominent politicians and simple believers flocked to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia to view the ...

Remains of John the Baptist Found

3/7/2010 Archaeologists in Bulgaria claim to have found the remains of John the Baptist, significant figure in the Orthodox Church, while excavating a 5th century monastery on the island of Sveti Ivan in the Black Sea. A container for relics, known as a reliquary, was discovered last week under the monastery’s basilica. The team opened the ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Honor St Marina

17/7/2010 The Orthodox world, including the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, mark Saturday the Day of Saint Marina. According to the Golden Legend, she was a native of Antioch, daughter of a pagan priest named Aedesius. Marina was scorned by her father for her Christian faith, and lived in the country with a foster-mother keeping sheep. Olybrius, the praeses ...