Bulgaria marks 90th years since Alexander Nevsky Cathedral inauguration

November 2014 Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorated Saint Alexander Nevsky on Sunday, as well as the 90th anniversary since the inauguration and sanctification of the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is a symbol of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia and of Bulgaria, on Sunday, November 23. There was a solemn service at the Cathedral, scheduled ...

Procession of the cross in honour of St. John of Rila starts in Bulgaria

August 2014 The fifth procession of the cross, “The Wonder-Worker of Rila”, in honor of the first Bulgarian hermit Venerable John (Ivan) of Rila (c. 876-946; feast: October 19/November 1) has started in the Bulgarian capital, reports the official website of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria. The idea of several young people of walking to the Rila Monastery ...

Patriarch Kirill extends condolences to Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria upon the flood

June 2014 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following message of condolences to His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria upon the flood in the country:  His Holiness Neophyte Patriarch of Bulgaria Metropolitan of Sophia Your Holiness, Beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant: It has deeply grieved me to learn about the terrible flood which ...

Communiqué on the results of irenical visit of His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos of Bulgaria to the Russian Orthodox Church

1/6/14 His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos of Bulgaria paid an irenical visit to the Russian Orthodox Church from May 23 to 30, 2014. Among those accompanying His Holiness were the Most Reverend Metropolitans Dometian of Vidin, Gabriel of Lovech, Yoan of Velicky Preslav, and Naum of Rousse. During the visit, the Primates of the Russian and Bulgarian Orthodox ...

FESTIVE RECEPTION AT RUSSIA’S GENERAL CONSULATE IN NEW YORK ON THE OCCASION OF 700TH BIRTHDAY OF ST. SERGIUS OF RADONEZH

May 2014 On May 22, 2014, Russia’s general consul in New York Mr. Igor Golubovsky and Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, gave an official reception on the occasion of the 700th birthday of St. Sergius of Radonezh. It was the first event in the chain of festive activities to be ...

BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

May 2014 In the afternoon of Tuesday the 7th/20th of May 2014, His Excellency the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr Plamen Oresharski, while in an official visit to the state of Israel, visited the Patriarchate in the company of Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Mr Kristian Vigenin, Health Minister Mrs Tanya Andreeva, Agriculture Minister, Mr Dimitar Grekov, his wife, members ...

Bulgaria, Macedonia with Joint Slavic Script Celebrations

May 2014 Bulgaria and Macedonia will hold for the first time a joint event to mark the annual celebrations of the Slavic Script and Culture. On May 11, Archbishop Stefan, head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and the chair of Macedonia’s Academy of Science Vlado Kambovski are due to arrive in Sofia, CROSS agency has reported. Their visit ...

First Enthronement Anniversary of Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria

OCP News Service - 26/2/14 Read Letter of Congratulations from Metropolitan Hilaron of Moscow: Sofia: The Bulgrians celebrated the first Enthronement Anniversary of Patriarch Neophyte on 24th February 2014. He was elected as the Patyriarch st the church council convened on 24 February 2013. Born Simeon Dimitrov, the 67-year-old bishop enjoyed a close relationship with the late ...

Bulgaria to finance repairs of Athonite Zografou Monastery

February 2014 The Commission for religions of the National assembly of Bulgaria has unanimously voted for financing of repair in the Bulgarian "Zografou" Monastery on Holy Mount Athos, reports Dveri Pravoslaviya. At the present time the monastery needs 1 million leva for completion of the large-scale repairs. Target sources, equal to 700 thousand leva have been built ...

Orthodox Church celebrates St. Spyridon, the saint of shoemakers and the expeller of plague

12/12/13 Sofia. On December 12, the Orthodox Church celebrates St Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, one of the great saints and miracle workers of the IVth century. St. Spyridon was born on the island of Cyprus during the reign of Constantine the Great. He became a bishop in the city of Trimythous. According to the legend, he cured Emperor ...

Bulgaria 2013 Bachkovo Monastery 10 Leva Silver Coin

On November 18, 2013, the Bulgarian National Bank issued the latest coin from the Bulgarian Church and Monasteries series featuring the Bachkovo Monastery. Founded in 1083 by Prince Gregory Pakourianos, it is one of the largest and oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. The obverse design of the coin features a replica of the miraculous Virgin ...

Today marks the day of St. Mina – the protector of women, warriors and the homeless

11/11/13 Sofia. On November 11, the Orthodox Church commemorates St. Martyr Mina – a warrior, who is the protector of the family, the orphans and the homeless. St. Mina is also guardian of travelers on a long journey, warriors and healers. St. Mina is one of the main saints of Orthodox women, who today pray in front ...

Bulgaria Orthodox Church marks Archangel All Souls’ Day

3/11/13 Sofia. Bulgarian Orthodox Church marked the All Souls' Day before the Day of St. Archangel Michael, or the so-called Archangel All Souls’ Day on Saturday, November 2. On this day the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Bulgarians honour the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers, who died in wars, peace-keeping operations and while doing their military duties. The ...

Orthodox Christians Hail St. Demetrius

27/10/13 Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, Greece and other churches observing the Gregorian calendar are celebrating Saturday the holiday of St. Demetrius. Known as Dimitrovden in Bulgaria - meaning the Day of St. Dimitar - the feast is an important church and traditional holiday. St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, a Christian martyr who lived in the 4th century, ...

Ecumenical Patriarch: We Are Not Betraying Orthodoxy – We Are Not Ecumenists

Loudaros Andreas 21/9/2013 Dogma.gr The Patriarch gives a response to those who criticize the Patriarchate for participating in ecumenical dialogue.   A powerful message was sent to multiple recipients within all the Churches today by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding the issue of ecumenical dialogue. Addressing Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria, who is making a peaceful visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Bartholomew said ...

Bulgarian Christians Celebrate Nativity of Mary

The icon of Virgin Mary at Bulgaria

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 ...

Public prayer for spiritual unification is to be held in Bulgaria’s St. Alexander Nevski cathedral

6/8/13 Sofia. A public prayer for spiritual unification and moral transfiguration of the Bulgarian people is to be held in Saint Alexander Nevski cathedral on the occasion of today’s Transfiguration of Jesus, announced the press center of the Holy Synod. The public prayer is to commence at 6:30 p.m. local tome and it comes after a request ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Worried by Political Turmoil

August 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit has described the current situation in Bulgaria as worrying, assuring he prays for God’s mercy. “The situation in Bulgaria is disturbing”, Neofit told reporters, commenting the 50 days of ongoing anti-government protests in Bulgaria. The exact measures needed for overcoming the current obstacles and for managing the situation in the country are ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Honor St Marina

20/7/13 The Orthodox world, including the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, mark Wednesday 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 orientis (Governor ...

No evidence of physical violence on bishop of Bulgaria’s Varn

FOCUS News Agency - 10/7/13 Varna. So far there is no information about the death of Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril that could lead to a conclusion of murder, the District Prosecutor’s Office – Varna announced. The signal about the incident was sent at 8 a.m. to the 112 emergency phone line. It was about a dead body ...

Cleric fights to save rural Romania from fracking

Vasile Laiu, the Christian Orthodox archpriest of Barlad, takes part in a protest against shale gas exploition next to a pancarte reading in Romanian

8/6/13 Barlad, Romania - As Orthodox priest Vasile Laiu gazes over the picturesque hills of eastern Romania, he prays they will be spared the shale gas wells and drilling rigs dotting some US landscapes. For months the 50-year-old cleric has been one of the most outspoken opponents to plans by US energy giant Chevron to drill for shale ...