Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Celebrate St. Stephen

27/12/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Friday the Feast of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr and first archdeacon in the Jerusalem Community Church. The community church accepted people from all social circles and the rich supported the church while Stephen designated the activity and the vocation of each member. It is believed that this has been ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Mark Christmas Shrove

14/11/13 Bulgarian Orthodox Christians have one more day before they enter on Friday a 40-day fast that will end on December 24, Christmas Eve. The Christmas Fast is the second longest after the seven-week Eastern Fast. On November 14, Bulgarian Orthodox Christians mark Koledni Zagovezni, or Christmas Shrove, which is the last day on which one ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Petkovden

14/10/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Petkovden on Monday, October 14, a day that marks the beginning of the winter in the country. On this day, the Bulgarian Christian-Orthodox honor Saint Petka-Paraskeva Tarnovska. October 14 in Bulgaria is commonly known as Petkovden. Reverend Petka was born near the Sea of Marmara in the 11th century. After leading a 'godly life' St. Petka's relics, which allegedly have a ...

Bulgarian Christians Celebrate Nativity of Mary

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8/9/13 Sunday, September 8, Bulgarian Orthodox Christians celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Theotokos, or Holy Mother of Christ. One of the most renowned Bulgarian monasteries, the Nativity of Mary Rozhen Monastery celebrates its temple holiday. Festivities started with a holy mass and church procession fronted by the miracle working icon of Virgin Mary ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Mark Transfiguration of Christ

On August 6 the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (Sveto Preobrazhenie Gospodne). According to the Church, this is the day that Christ strengthened the belief of his disciples in his holy origin by transfiguring himself in front of the eyes of Peter, Jacob and John.Preobrazhenie starts fifty days of fasting (fish is ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Mark Pentecost

24/6/13 Fifty days after Easter, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is feasting on Sunday Pentecost (Whitsunday), also called Holy Trinity. On this day the Church commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ. It also has the name of Whitsunday, because of the white garments worn by those who were ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday

29/4/13 Bulgarian Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday - Tsventisa-Vrabnitsa, to mark the triumphal arrival of Christ into Jerusalem. The Bulgarian tradition is to carry flowers and willow branches, rather than palm leaves, and the day is also regarded as the holiday of the fields, meadows and forests. It is one of the most important holy days, ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Mark St. Stephen

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27/12/12 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Thursday the Day of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr and first archdeacon in the Jerusalem Community Church. The community church accepted people from all social circles and the rich supported the church while Stephen designated the activity and the vocation of each member. It is believed that this has been the ...

Orthodox Bulgarians Mark Christian Family Day

20/11/2012 Bulgarian Orthodox Christians mark Wednesday the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, a day traditionally dedicated to the Christian familyand youth. The liturgical feast is also celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church. The feast is associated with an event recounted in the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James where Mary's parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Petkovden

15/10/2012 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Petkovden on Sunday, October 14, a day that marks the beginning of the winter in the country. On this day, the Bulgarian Christian-Orthodox honor Saint Petka-Paraskeva Tarnovska. October 14 in Bulgaria is commonly known as Petkovden. Reverend Petka was born near the Sea of Marmara in the 11th century. After leading a ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Honor St. Ivan Rilski

20/8/2012 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Saturday, August 18, the assumption of Saint Ivan Rilski, honored as the patron of the Bulgarian people. St. Ivan Rilski was the first Bulgarian recluse. He was revered as a saint when he was still alive and the legend says wild animals were coming to him and birds were landing on ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians celebrate honey, pray for health of bees amid threat of cold

11/2/2012 BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria — Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria on Friday observed a holiday traditionally associated here with bees and honey. It was the Day of St. Haralambos, a patron saint of beekeepers, who also is known as “the lord of all illnesses.” Believers pray to him to protect their home and health. Hundreds came to the Presentation of ...

Bulgaria’s Orthodox Christians Embark on 40-Day Christmas Fast

15/11/2011 Bulgarian Orthodox Christians enter Tuesday a 40-day fast that will end on December 24, Christmas Eve . The Christmas Fast is the second longest after the seven-week Eastern Fast. On November 14, Bulgarian Orthodox Christians mark Koledni Zagovezni, or Christmas Shrove, which is the last day on which one can eat meat before Christmas. During the Christmas Fast ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Petkovden

14/10/2011 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Petkovden on October 14, a day that marks the beginning of the winter in the country. On this day, the Bulgarian Christian-Orthodox honor Saint Petka-Paraskeva Tarnovska. October 14 in Bulgaria is commonly known as Petkovden. Reverend Petka was born near the Sea of Marmara in the 11th century. After leading a 'godly ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Honor St. Ivan Rilski

18/8/2011 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates Thursday, August 18, the assumption of Saint Ivan Rilski, honored as the patron of the Bulgarian people. St. Ivan Rilski was the first Bulgarian recluse. He was revered as a saint when he was still alive and the legend says wild animals were coming to him and birds were landing on ...

Christmas Fast Purifies Bulgarians’ Bodies and Souls

15/11/2010 Bulgarian Orthodox Christians enter Wednesday a forty-day fast hailing the humbleness of soul and body to meet the birth of Jesus Christ. The Long Lent, as it is also known, is seeking to purify people's bodies and souls, to propel the individual to do decent deeds and to repent over sins. Fasting is related to the partial ...