The Feast of the Three Bulgarian Martyrs at Plovdiv
The commemoration of the three Assumptionist
Bulgarian martyrs was the occasion for a whole series of initiatives with
a goal of having us live a truly spiritual communion with our blessed ones.
A prayer novena introduced us in the course of days to a climate of
festivity and contemplation.
From Italy, Fr. Giuliano visited us, thus renewing
the twinning that unites the community of Plovdiv with that of Florence
since several years.
They read prayers calling upon the intercession of the three blessed martyrs and sang the hymn composed for them five years ago.
The names of Pavel, Kamen, Josaphat, and Evgueni (the Passionist bishop shot at the same time as our three confreres and beatified in 1998) were heard several times in the church, while their pictures were placed in front of the iconostasis.
After the liturgy, with some ten persons, we went downtown to the monument that former students of the French college ‘St. Augustine’ had built in honor of Fr. Kamen Vitchev, their unforgettable teacher.
Once there, we placed flowers and lit candles while
centering ourselves in prayer.
The veneration of the relics and a minor procession
outside the church concluded the celebration. The climate of joy and
friendship continued with a fraternal meal and brought the warmth that was
May the spirit of holiness of our three martyrs fall
abundantly on the whole Assumptionist family!