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Към биографията на епископ Иларион Ловчански
About the biography of Bishop Ilarion Lovchanski

Author(s): Yordan Minchev
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, History of Church(es), Modern Age, Special Historiographies:, Theology and Religion, 19th Century, The Ottoman Empire, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: church history; Bulgarian bishops; Ilarion Lovchanski; protosingel; Turnovo Diocese; Bulgarian Exarchy;

Summary/Abstract: Ilarion Lovchanski, who was elected the first Bulgarian exarch, was one of the first Bulgarians to be ordained as the Bishop first of Aksiopol and later of Lovech. In 1868 he broke decisively with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, chaired the Church-People’s Council and participated in the Epiphany Action. He is the first and last Exarchic Metropolitan of the Kyustendil Diocese, chairman of the Local Committee „Unity”, and participates in the work of the Constituent Assembly as a deputy „by rights”. The article presents new facts about the ministry of Ilarion in his capacity as a Protosingel of Metropolitan Neophit of Turnovo and as the chairman of the cathedral “St. Apostles Peter and Paul”, responsible for the parish of the newly-built temple of St. Nicolas in Tarnovo; about his ordination as the Bishop of Axiopol - the first bishop Bulgarian after Sofroniy Vrachanski; about his complicated and delicate activity as temporary administrator of the Turnovo Diocese after the Crimean War, as well as about his relations with individual Revival figures in the beginning of the church struggle of the Bulgarians.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 97-113
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian