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St. Trifon - Holidays - 01 February 2018

St. Trifon - Holidays

Few people know that St. Trifon is the patron and another small community - the falconers. According to ancient tradition, the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible was a passionate falconer. Once while hunting in famous for its rich water game Naprudnoe village (now a suburb north of Moscow, near Riga station) he lost his beloved northern white falcon - a very beautiful bird. For young bird responded falconer Tryphon Patrikeev (like princes Patrikeevi). Devastated by the loss, Tsar Ivan the Terrible ordered the boy to find his pet birds in three days and threatened with death if they returned empty-handed. Three days the young bird Tryphon sought unsuccessfully in the Long Lost List Chat forest. At the end of the given time seated on a hill slope in the Great Lake and asleep exhausted....

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St. Basil the Great - Holidays - 01 January 2018

St. Basil the Great - Holidays

Church honors St. Basil the Great. On 1 January to honor the great saint of Christianity, St. Basil the Great - one of the three Ecumenical Orthodox teachers, a prominent opponent of the Arian heresy. To him belongs the idea of active charity and good as the expression and realization of Christ's love and forgiveness.  Basil was born in 330 in the city of Caesarea (Cappadocia), in the splendid situation Byzantine family. Rich, was crowded and respected his family. His relatives believed God made many good people. Basil himself as a child was incredibly smart and talented. Trained in the most elite schools, fifteen years studying in Athens. Taught in his native eloquence. 30 years of friendship and support of St. Gregory the Theologian is devoted to contemplation and was baptized...

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St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - Traditions - 06 December 2017

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - Traditions

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is Mirlikiyski iztochnorimski cleric, Bishop of Myra, a city of Lycia in Lycia. Nicolas Mirlikiyski lifetime is known as an opponent of paganism, and after his death is revered as a saint and protector of sailors and traders Bulgarian name of the saint is Nicholas. "Nicholas" is rusizam, which is imposed after the ecclesiastical reforms of Patriarch Nikon in Russia in 1654 then, the saint's name in Russian is pronounced as "Nicholas" but in Ukrainian - "Mykola". St. Nicholas was born in the second half of III century. His family was rich and splendid situation. His uncle, Bishop of Patras, adopted his nephew in the church and henceforth he would serve him until the end of his days. Tradition tells how...

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St. Catherine - 24 November 2017

St. Catherine

На 24 ноември православната църква почита паметта на Света Великомъченица Екатерина. Св. Екатерина е християнска светица и мъченица, една от най-образованите жени на своето време. В българските традиции този ден е познат като Катерининден и светицата се чества като покровителка на майките. Според преданието Екатерина е била дъщеря на Конт, управител на Александрия, Египет, по времето на император Максимиан. Живеейки в столицата, Екатерина получава блестящо образование, изучавайки работите на най-видните философи и учени. Тя заявява на родителите си, че ще встъпи в брак с онзи, който я превъзхожда по слава, богатство, красота и мъдрост. Младежи от много богати семейства кандидатствали за ръката на красивата Екатерина, но никой не бил одобрен. Майката на Екатерина тайно изповядвала християнството,...

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Ilinden - Holidays - 20 July 2017

Ilinden - Holidays

Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors Saint Prophet Elijah on July 20. This day is one of the most celebrated holidays of the Bulgarian people. Many Orthodox churches and monasteries in the country, especially in Southwestern Bulgaria, bear his name. Believers honor the saint who is patron of the lightning and thunder and protect farmers from crop fires. St. Elijah the prophet brings rain and moisture and protect life. Because of the power possessed by our people called him Elijah Garmodolets, Garmolomnik, Gramovnik. In folk he rides across the sky with a golden chariot, which sends fiery darts. In the Bulgarian folk calendar Ilinden is the largest summer festival during harvest and threshing. Prazdnuvat fur, leather and baker, as Saint Elijah was their patron. Celebrate Elijah Ilian, Ilko and...

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