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Exhibition marks the 5th year of the discovery of St. John the Baptist relics and 30 years of archaeological study on the monastery
2015-07-24 22:43:01 | admin
The date July 28, 2010 became memorable in the new Bulgarian history with the opening of the reliquary containing the relics of St. John the Baptist, which was found in the Patriarchal Basilica from the 5th century on the island Sveti Ivan near Sozopol. This event moved the Christian world, as evidenced by the flow of pilgrims on the island and in Sozopol, the coverage of world news agencies: CNN; The Wall Street Journal, etc ., documentaries by National Geographic Channel, ZDF, Global Brazil TV and others.

Guided by this pious striving and faithful to the covenant of our ancestors, Mr. George Krumov establish the Foundation St. John the Baptist and Forerunner.
It main objectives are:
to support the study of the only in the Black Sea island patriarchal and imperial monastery St. John the Baptist established in the 5th century;
to raise funds for research in a number of monasteries and repositories outside of Bulgaria, where are scattered the monastery's icons, church utensils and liturgical books (copied in the monastery scriptorium);
to restore and exhibit the monastery and preserve it for future generations.

The done so far is not a little but also not enough. Yet our children and young people, and not only they, do not have the opportunity to do enough for the Orthodox Christian faith and the Church, which has helped to preserve us as a nation.

Driven by this desire, Foundation "St. John the Baptist and Forerunner" decided in 2015 to mark officially the fifth year since the opening of the reliquary with the holly relics of St. John the Baptist and 30 years of studies in the monastery started by the National historical museum. In this connection, we are preparing an exhibition at Archaeological museum Sozopol, which will include: objects found during the archaeological digs; parts of the icon wealth of the island monastery (preserved in the monastery "St. Trinity" on the island of Halki and and in the Ecumenical Patriarchate) as well as church requisite: parts of the marble altar wall, the holly throne, reliquary, church plates, etc.

The exhibition opening will be preceded by a solemn public prayer by Metropolitan Yoanikii of Sliven at 10:00 hours on July 25 in the church "St. Cyrillus and Methodius". The exhibition will be officially presented at 17:00 hours in Archaeological museum Sozopol by prof. Kasimir Popkonstantinov, Mr. Georgi Krumov and prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov.
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