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The Metropolitan of Vidin served in Mount Athos on St. George's Day
According to a decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Vidin, Daniil, will head the Holy Mass in the monastery of St. George Zograf in Sveta Gora, Mount Athos.
Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
The number of daily visitors to Mount Athos is restricted, and all are required to obtain a special entrance permit valid for a limited period. Only men are permitted to visit the territory, which is called the "Garden of Virgin Mary" by the monks, with Orthodox Christians taking precedence in permit issuance procedures. Residents on the peninsula must be men aged 18 and over who are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church and also either monks or workers.
The Saint George the Zograf Monastery or Zograf Monastery is one of the twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Mount Athos (the "Holy Mountain") in Greece. It was founded in the late 9th or early 10th century by three Bulgarians from Ohrid and is regarded as the historical Bulgarian monastery on Mount Athos, and is traditionally inhabited by Bulgarian Orthodox monks.
The monastery is named after the 13th or 14th century icon of Saint George, known as Saint George the Zograf . The name of the latter comes from the belief that the icon mysteriously painted itself on the prepared board (zograf(os) in Greek means "painter" (from zoe="life" and graphos="scribe").
The earliest written evidence of the monastery's existence dates from 980. During the Middle Ages, the monastery was generously supported by the Bulgarian rulers, such as Ivan Asen II and Ivan Alexander, since it was a matter of pride for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to maintain a monastery on Athos.
Easter also called Pascha is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The resurrection of Christ is marked by the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches (on different dates).
Today, the Metropolitan of Vidin, Daniil and priests, celebrated the Easter World Liturgy in the cathedral "St. Dimitar Solunsky "in Vidin.
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Chinese Puppet Theater in Vidin
The Chinese corporation from Henan province presented the first puppet tale from the Far East in Vidin, announced the Press Center of the Municipality. The guest is invited by the State Puppet Theater in town and personally by its director Pavlina Trifonova.
In front of many children and guests, the actors showed an attractive and emotionally spectacular show that included excerpts from six popular children's tales.
Mayor of Vidin Ognyan Tzenkov congratulated the guests from China, not hiding his joy from the giggle of the Chinese acting troupe. He thanked the director of the Vidin Puppet Theater and noted that one of Vidin's schools had been studying Chinese for a third year now.
The Chinese Puppet Theater was founded in 1958. Its repertoire is extremely varied and the performances are mainly intended for children's audience. Many of the productions have won local, national and international awards. The puppet theater develops active activity by exporting various show programs, both in the country and worldwide.
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Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
Vidin Metropolitan Daniil and priests held a solemn liturgy in the cathedral "St. Dimitar" in Vidin.
In many Catholic and Episcopal denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. The difficulty of procuring palms in unfavorable climates led to their substitution with branches of native trees, including box, olive, willow, and yew. The Sunday was often named after these substitute trees, as in Yew Sunday, or by the general term Branch Sunday.
Palm Sunday, or the "Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem," as it is often called in some Orthodox Churches, is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the liturgical year. The day before Palm Sunday, Lazarus Saturday, believers often prepare palm fronds by knotting them into crosses in preparation for the procession on Sunday. The hangings and vestments in the church are changed to a festive color – most commonly green.
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First steps for Sunday School in Vidin
AtLazarus Saturday and on the eve of Christ's Resurrection, children from the newly-formed Sunday School to the Vidin Metropolis delivered a short program to their peers, parents and citizens.
The school, organized at the initiative of the Vidin Metropolitan Daniil, revives and continues the work of Metropolitan Neofit Vidinski, who has given 60 years of his life to service in the Vidin Diocese and devoted a lot of funds to educational and charitable work.
Songs, poems and theatrical scriptures of religious themes were presented by Sunday School. Music programs were presented and by children from kindergarten "Zornitza" and vocal group "Danube Arc" from theSchool "St. St. Cyril and Methodius ".
A charity Easter bazaar with souvenirs made by children from the Iconography School to the Metropolis was arranged.
This is the first of its kind in Vidin with an interruption of more than 70 years.
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