Bulgarian Orthodox Church Celebrates St. Naum
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks on December 23 the Day of Saint Naum of Preslav, a medieval Bulgarian scholar, writer and teacher.
St. Naum is one of the most dedicated and closest students and followers of the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet, the brothers Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius. Naum took part in their mission to Great Moravia and in 867 or 868 became a priest in Rome.
In 885 Naum was expelled from Great Moravia after spending some time in prison for his resistance to the German clergy there. The same or the following year Naum reached Pliska together with Kliment of Ohrid and Angelarius. He became one of the founders of the Pliska Literary School (later Preslav Literary School) where he worked between 886 and 893.
After Kliment was ordained bishop of Drembica (Velika) in 893, Naum continued Kliment's work at the Ohrid Literary School. In 905 Naum founded a monastery at Lake Ohrid, which later received his name. He died in 910.
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