Sofia. Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorates Saint John of Rila on October 19. There will be a solemn ceremony held at his home, the Rila Monastery, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Pilgrims from all over the country and abroad are expected to come to Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery to commemorate the saint.
Saint John of Rila (876 – c. 946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. He was proclaimed a saint while he was still alive.