Plovdiv, November 13: Commemoration of our three Bulgarian Assumptionist Martyrs
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The Triduum of prayer and reflection that
preceded the Commemoration prepared us well for the solemn
celebration on Sunday presided by our Bishop, Mgr. Christo Prolkov.
This year, the parishioners from Kuklen joined those from Plovdiv.
This helped to create a true spirit of family and unity.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Assumption, you were truly present amongst us and we prayed for each of you so that our three martyrs might support you in your vocation in the Assumption. This surely is part of the mission conferred upon those Assumptionist brothers and sisters living where our three martyrs lived.
The reading for this Sunday was the story of the Good Samaritan. In his homily, the bishop reminded us that the Christian is called to go beyond the invitation made by Christ to the one who questioned him: “Go and do likewise”. To respond to that invitation one must first of all have the courage to follow Christ to Calvary and give his life to the end. “ By persecuting the Christians,” continued the Bishop, “the Communists created a desert in the land of Bulgaria.” But they had forgotten the truth that Saint-Exupery expressed so well in “The Little Prance”: “…water can also
be good for the heart…I have always
loved the desert. We sit on the dunes. We see nothing. We hear
nothing. Yet, something shines in the silence…What makes the desert
beautiful,” says the Little Prince, “is that it hides a well