Sofia, Bulgaria, November 5, 2011
Christian Orthodox Church honors Saturday the All
Souls' Day before the Day of St. Archangel
Michael, or the so-called Archangel All Souls'
Day. All Souls' Day is also known as the Feast of
All Souls, Commemoration of all the Faithful
Departed. The Eastern Orthodox Church dedicates
several days throughout the year to the dead, mostly
on Saturdays, because of Jesus' resting in the
tomb on Saturday with the All Souls' Day before
having a special significance. Archangel All
Souls' Day is called Men's All Souls' Day
as well. This is the day when the souls of all those
who died as fighters for Bulgaria are honored,
including those who served in the modern Bulgarian
Army. As part of the commemorations a solemn mass
will be served at the Military Cemetery in Sofia in
the presence of President, Georgi Parvanov, Defense
Minister, Anyu Angelov, Head of Defense, Gen. Simeon
Simeonov, high-ranking military officers, servicemen,
and representatives of Bulgarian Patriotic Unions.
Masses and ceremonies will also be held at the Sofia
Military Academy "Georgi S. Rakovski," and
"The St. Nedelya" cathedral along with many
events all across the country. The Bulgarian Orthodox
Church rituals honoring the souls of the fallen
soldiers on Archangel All Souls' Day first
started in 1924. Their holding was terminated in
1946, after the communist coup of 1944, and was
restored in 1992.
6 ноября 2011 г.