- Monday, December 07, 2015 9:57 PM
Skopje, 7 December 2015 (MIA) – The Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Sovereignty and Independence late Monday hosted a formal academy on the eve of St. Clement of Ohrid Day to celebrate the body of work of the first original Slavic author and educator, the first Slavic bishop and founder of the Ohrid Literary School. The event was organized by the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric under the auspices of the Prime Minister.
The event was attended by President Gjorge Ivanov, Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, H.H. Stefan, rectors, deans of state universities, members of government's cabinet, parliament, diplomatic corps, students...
Speaking about the work and life of St. Clement of Ohrid, H.H. Stefan urged for unity.
"We, Macedonians, as a nation with millenarian Orthodox identity, in this difficult times of constant challenges, visibly divided political interests of great powers and migration of people from African-Asian regions, will survive only if united, if we preserve the Church, state, language, name and everything that is ours - Macedonian," H.H. Stefan said.
When principles of equability and respect of diversities are being violated everywhere, when arms are being used worldwide on daily basis and human lives and achievements devaluated to the lowest level, it is high time for people to return to the universal values that could bring peace among all - love for the God and people," H.H. Stefan said.
He called on people of Macedonia to deal with and resolve their problems.
"Nobody else would and could not better comprehend our problems and the sooner we realize that the better for us," H.H. Stefan said.
Gruevski in his speech referred to the ethical values and principles promoted by St Clement. He also tackled the current developments in the country - forthcoming elections, refugees, migrants, education, demography...
Clement of Ohrid, together with Naum of Ohrid, was the most prominent student of the founders of the Slavic alphabet, Cyril and Methodius, and the most trusted scholar who resumed their mission as enlighteners. Many churches, schools, associations and institutions in Macedonia are named after him. As of 2007, St. Clement of Ohrid Day (Dec. 8) is a national holiday in Macedonia. lk/21:56
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