Vespers and Spiritual Academy in Štip at the holiday of the patron of the town Saint Nicolas
At proposal of His Eminence Metropolitan of Bregalnica Diocese Hillarion, the council of the Municipality of Štip, this year proclaimed Saint Nicolas the Miracle Maker as Protector of the town of Štip, and in such occasion a special program has been performed, in order of promoting the day.
At 18th of December, the program started with the Festive Vespers in the
During the Vespers, on the Religious Procession, the Icon of the Protector of the temple and the town has been exposed, then the Metropolitan of Bregalnica Diocese Hillarion blessed and broke the festive bread, and held an suitable speech after that.
At 19.00, in the presence of His Beatitude, the Archbishop of Ohrid and all Macedonia Stephan and vast of orthodox faithful people, a festive academy has been held in the House of Culture “Aco Shopov”. The choir of the church St. Nicolas from Štip has taken their performance, by singing the Hymn of Saint Nicolas the Miracle Maker, followed by stage performance of the Hagiography of the Saint, by Sashko Aleksov. The mayor of Štip Mr. Zorancho Aleksov spoke to the present people, proclaiming Saint Nicolas the Miracle Maker as the Patron of the town, and awarded His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and all Macedonia Stephan with a Golden Medal presenting the image of Saint Nicolas, handcrafted especially for this occasion, for all His efforts and service while he was serving as a Competent Archpriest of Bregalnica Diocese in Štip, and in the occasion of the ten year anniversary of his enthronement as Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. Archbishop Stephan then, held the thankful speech, and after that a festive speech held the Metropolitan of Bregalnica Diocese Hillarion, in which he expressed his gratefulness to the Mayor of Štip Municipality, for proclaiming Saint Nicolas the Miracle Maker as the Patron of the town, because the church where the cathedra of the Bregalnica diocese is placed carries the name of this Saint, greeting the father of the nation His Beatitude, the Archbishop of Ohrid and all Macedonia Stephan for this deserved medal, because with his calmness, goodness, humanity and wisdom he deserved to receive this honourable medal with the image of Saint Nicolas.
After the awarding the gold medal to the Head of Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Mayor of Štip also awarded ten medallions to people who have a big part of the contribution in the affirmation of the city of Štip. After this, the women chamber choir Saint Zlata of Meglen have their performance on the celebration of this holiday.
Reporting: Archdeacon Saše Ristov