Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Day of Saint Sophia and her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love

Nikola PETKOV  - 17/9/13 Sofia. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks the Day of Saint Sophia and her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love. This is also the holiday of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, which is named after the Holy Wisdom of God and connected also with Saint Sophia and her three daughters. A liturgy is to be held ...

Consumer Society Won’t Make People Happier – Bulgarian Patriarch

September- 2013 The real needs of Bulgarians and people across the world relate to their daily toils and quest for harmony, argued Bulgaria's Patriarch Neofit. "The needs of Bulgarians today do not differ from those of Bulgarians in the past, or from those of citizens of other countries. Those are universal needs," said the head of ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church metropolitan objects to plan for Pope John XXIII monument in Nessebur

Sofia Globe- 12/8/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Sliven, Yoanikii, has issued a statement objecting to reported plans for a monument to Roman Catholic Pope John XXIII in the seaside town of Nessebur, saying that John XXIII did not deserve this and the move would create tensions between Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics. John XXIII, Pope ...

Archbishop Theodosios of Sebastia Calls For Bulgarian Orthodox Church Support Of Christians in Arab World

12/8/13 August 9 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Orthodox Church should take a firm stand on the grave situation of the Christians in Syria and the entire Arab world, and should support them, His Eminence the Most Reverend Archbishop Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem appealed at a BTA-hosted news conference Friday. His ...

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 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 ...

Vratsa’s Kalinik Elected Interim Varna Metropolitan

11/7/13 The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected Wednesday, after a 2-hour emergency sitting, Vratsa metropolitan Kalinik as interim metropolitan of Varna and Veliki Preslav. Kalinik is to temporarily replace the late Varna metropolitan Kiril whose body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Traata near Varna on Tuesday. Kalinik will assume the post after the traditional for the Eastern Orthodox ...

A Visit to Zograf Monastery at Mount Athos

4/7/13 It’s hard to imagine how dark it is when morning services start on Mount Athos. You have to blindly grope the deep throne-like wooden seats in the church — or risk sitting on the lap of another worshiper. The first bell rings at about 3 a.m. Most of the monks show up by 3:30 a.m. and ...

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 Church Urges Cancelation of LGBT Parade

18/6/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has expectedly condemned the upcoming Sofia Pride LGBT parade in the capital, claiming the event would “jeopardize the moral pillars of society.” The Church has claimed that “homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality are an unnatural and harmful violation of God’s will.” The clerics also believe that “unnatural” relations between people of the same sex – or different sexes – would ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Honors Sts Konstantin and Elena

22/5/13 Bulgarian Christian Orthodox mark Saturday the feast day of St. St. Konstantin andElena (Constantine and Helena). Helena was the mother of Emperor Konstantin, who fought two great battles when he came to the throne: one against Maxentius, a tyrant in Rome, and the other against Licinius not far from Byzantium. At the battle against Maxentius, whenKonstantin was in great anxiety and uncertainty about ...

Bulgarian Patriarch: Kids Need to Know More about Orthodox Christianity

19/5/13 Bulgarian kids should have the opportunity to learn about their Orthodox Christian heritage, stated Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit. Sunday Neofit extended an address to the clergy and people of the Church on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the restoration of the Bulgarain patriarchy. The message, read out by bishop Naum, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod, made a strong case ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Honors Sts Cyril and Methodius

12/5/13 Bulgaria's Orthodox Church celebrates Saturday, May 11, the feast day of Sts.Cyril and Methodius, two of the fathers of the Slavic literary culture. The two brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century, in 827 and 826 respectively. They became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs and influenced the cultural development of all Slavic people. Cyril and Methodius are known as the creators of the ...

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 Church nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Moscow Times 18/3/13 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, says the official website of its Holy Synod. This year Bulgaria marked 70 years since the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II. The National Assembly in 1943 decided to impose a ban on their deportation, despite being pressured by Nazi ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Bishop Donates Rolex To Pay Church’s Electricity

Ria Novosti - 27/2/13 Metropolitan Nikolay from Bulgaria’s second largest city of Plovdiv has donated his expensive Rolex watch to a local church so it could pay off an electricity bill, Novinite.com reported on Wednesday. The Saint Marina Church in Plovdiv recently received an electricity bill for January that amounted to the sum of BNG 2,940 (almost $2,000). ...

Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti congratulates Patriarch Neofit

26/2/13 Bulgaria's Chief Mufti, Mustafa Hadzhi, has extended congratulations to Bulgaria's new Orthodox Patriarch Neofit. "It is an exceptional honor to me to offer the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations on behalf of all Bulgarian citizens practicing Islam and me, on the occasion of your enthronization as Bulgarian Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan," Mustafa Hadzhi's letter to Bulgaria's ...

Patriarch Neofit:The Cross is Heavy

25/2/13 Heavy is the cross that God and our Holy Church are giving me today, but in God's words I trust and ask him for strength for when I am weak, then am I strong, Bulgaria's new patriarch said. Patriarch Neofit delivered his first address to the Bulgarian Orthodox Christians during his inauguration at St. Alexander Nevsky ...

New Patriarch to pray for peace in Bulgarian’s Soul

25/2/13 Neofit, the newly elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, vowed to pray for peace in the hearts of the Bulgarian people, minutes after he was officially enthroned. On his way to the Holy Synod, the new patriarch declined to make any comments to the reporters and his only words were: "The first task of the church ...

Metropolitan Neofit elected as new Patriarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church

  24/2/13 SOFIA, Bulgaria - The Bulgarian Orthodox Church says Metropolitan Neofit has been elected as the new patriarch. Neofit, who is 67, was picked Sunday among three candidates shortlisted in a secret ballot by the 14 bishops that make up the Holy Synod of the church. An electoral college made up of 138 members gave 90 votes to ...