Начало Новини Sophronius of Vratsa’s Nedelnik Discovered in the Church of the Beli Mel Village

Sophronius of Vratsa’s Nedelnik Discovered in the Church of the Beli Mel Village

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Author: Kamelia Alexandrova

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Church of the Beli Mel Village
Photograph: Kamelia Alexandrova

One of the Nedelnik copies was discovered in the Holy Trinity church in the Beli Mel village in the Montana district.

In 1996 Euphrosina Tsenova was preparing a celebration of her Poppene kinfolk when she dug into the archives and made a discovery. She came upon the Nedelnik of Sophronius of Vratsa, which contained files. It is now 274 years since the author’s birth.

It is a unique find since Nedelnik’s first edition was printed in 1000 copies in the Romanian town of Rimnik. Within the entire Montana district only one more copy of this Sophronius’ work has been discovered thus far, but this was already a second edition from mid-19 century.

The Nedelnik copy discovered in the Beli Mel church is the best preserved of the three known works of this first edition. Candle marks can be seen on its pages, which in turn is a sign that the locals took interest in this edition.

Several handwritten pieces are left on its last pages informing of various events in the village life. One of this communicates that in the year of 1853 a monastery school was found, an evidence to the progressive spirit of Beli Mel’s populace at that time.

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