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Bulgarians pay honor to memory of St. Naum

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On June 20, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors the memory and work of St. Naum of Ohrid. He was one of the five most devoted students of the first Slavic enlighteners - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Naum grew up in Moesia and participated in the Moravian Mission of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius.

After the death of St. Methodius in 885, he returned to Bulgaria  together with Clement and Angelarius. He became one of the most renowned scholars of the Preslav Literary School. In 893, when St. Kliment Ohridski became bishop of Drembitsa, St. Naum left Preslav and took a teaching position in the Kutmichevitsa district.

In 900 Naum retired to a monastery near Ohrid and continued his educational activities. In 910 he was buried in the church of the monastery he founded near Lake Ohrid and was canonized as saint soon after.

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