Bulgarians Celebrate 97th Birthday of Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim

Society | October 29, 2011, Saturday // 19:18
Bulgaria: Bulgarians Celebrate 97th Birthday of Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim A photo dated July 17, 2011 shows Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim holding mass in the Plovdiv St. Marina Cathedral. Photo by BGNES

A couple of hundred Bulgarians flocked to a solemn mas in the St. Marina cathedral in Plovdiv to mark the 97th anniversary of Patriarch Maxim Saturday.

The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrated his birthday in Plovdiv at the invitation of Plovdiv mitropolitan bishop Nikolay.

Before coming to the city, the Patriarch held a solemn service in the Bachkovo Monastery, located in the Rhodope Mountains south of Plovdiv.

Maxim was born October 29, 1914 in the village of Oreshak, near Troyan in central northern Bulgaria as Marin Naydenov Minkov.

In 1938 he enrolled as a student at the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University, and in December 1941 he enlisted as a monk at Troyan Monastery.

He was chosen Patriarch by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on July 4, 1971.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of his enthronement as Patriarch.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: birthday, patriarch, Bachkovo Monastery, Bishop Nikolay, Plovdiv, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, Troyan, Troyan Monastery
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria