Jean de Rila
The future Jean de Rila was born in a pious family close to Sofia. Very young person, it is shown attracted by the life angelica towards which it involves its young Luc nephew what déclanche fury of the father of the young boy.
Seeking a place favourable with the prayer, it is withdrawn in places increasingly more isolated until arriving in the high mountains which surround Rila in South-west of current Bulgaria. Even there, he is persecuted by brigands.
The king Pierre Ier of Bulgaria (927-968) hears of his asceticism and seeks to take it under his protection. But the saint did not want to leave his cave of Rila. It is only at the end of its life that, by compassion for the many disciples who had gathered around him, it built the first buildings of a monastery.
The monastery of Rila is today the most place of the Church and the culture Bulgarian.
The Church celebrates its memory on October 19th. It is by error that it is located sometimes on November 1st: this error comes owing to the fact that the orthodoxe communities which use the Julien calendar see their October 19th falling, for the moment, the Gregorian on November 1st.
It is represented on the parts of Lev.
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