On November 25 the Orthodox Church honors the memory of St. Clement of Ohrid, a Bulgarian scholar and founder of the Ohrid Literary School. St. Clement of Ohrid is considered to be the first bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and one of the..
Forty days prior to the Nativity of Christ Orthodox Christians begin to serve meatless dishes on their table to prepare for the holiest feast. If bodily privations are not accompanied by repentance, pious thoughts, acts of..
On September 8, when the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Nativity of the Holy Theotokos), we take a look at the beautiful valley of Gabrovnitsa River and the Monastery of the Holy Theotokos, better..
The Assumption is one of the biggest summer holidays, marked by the Orthodox Church on August 15 (August 28, according to old style calendar.) The holiday has its origins in the Jerusalem Church and is one of the most ancient celebrations, dedicated..
On July 17, the Orthodox Church honors the Holy Martyr Marina. The Holy Great Martyr Marina was born in Asia Minor, in the city of Antioch of Pisidia. During the time of the persecution against the Christians under Emperor Diocletian, when she was..
On January 18, the Orthodox Church revers the memory of St. Athanasius the Great. St. Athanasius the Great was an Egyptian theologian and man of God, Patriarch of Alexandria from 328 until 373 AD. He was the first to have popularized monasticism..
On December 9 the Orthodox Church celebrates the Conception of the Most Holly Theotokos by Saint Anne who is regarded as patron saint of marriage, family, young girls, widows and motherhood. St. Anne and her Husband St. Joachim were married for..
All Souls' Day, also known as Cherry All Souls' Day after the fruit popular during this season, is celebrated on Saturday before Pentecost. On this day Orthodox Christians pay respect to the dead. Believers do not do housework to direct..
St. Great Martyr Anastasia was born in the 3rd century in a wealthy and prominent Roman family. Anastasia devoted her entire life to serving God and the neighbor, and saw wealth only as a means entrusted to her by God for the good of others . St...
The memory and deeds of St. Spyridon, one of the great wonderworkers of the IV century, is celebrated by the Orthodox Church on December 12. Born on the island of Cyprus to a poor family, he became a shepherd at an early age. He was..