Between 16th and 22nd of June 2012, in the Orthodox cathedral “St. Clement” in Skopje, my self, and five of the harvesters from Skopje, we organized an event entitled “Week dedicated to the Holy Scripture” (Седмица на Светото Писмо). It was divided into several sessions with different topics. Lectures were led by some professors, one of the harvesters and priests. All the participants to this event were invited by the harvesters from all the diocese of Skopje.
The first two days were spent in friendship and free discussions between the harvesters and the participants, which indicated a possibility in an atmosphere to be asked questions and to get the right answers.
The first formal session (18th of June 2012) was entitled “Messiah, expected by the people of Israel in the Old Testament and testimony by the New Testament people – the Church”. This session was lead by the bishop Pimen, who is responssable the European Diocese of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
Reaching into the heart of the given topic, the Bishop concisely exposed multiple testimonies about the coming of the Messiah in the Old Testament, dividing them into two groups: 1) forefathers as figures of the Lord Jesus Christ; and 2) prophesies about the birth of the Messiah.
In this context, the bishop Pimen spooked about the Old Testament fathers, who with their acts predicted the Christ’s death and the salvation of the mankind’s. Then, he explained the second part of the subject, about the testimony of Jesus Christ from the New Testament people, briefly exposing the movement of the Church in the first centuries, the period of the martyrdom of the Church, a period that lasted until receiving the freedom by the Edict of Milan in 313. In terms of the edict, was noted the sorrowful truth that after the Christianity became free, many people became formal Christians, because of the comfort and not for the testimony of Christ.
On the 19th June, 2012 was held the panel: “Why today in Macedonia, the young generation are more interested in the Bible?” Christians need to live more intensely spiritual life, to pray more and to confess them selves. Most of the participants were asking for the method, how to read the Bible? It was answered that the Bible should be read slowly, from the easier to the harder topics, with attention to every word and thinking afterwards. It is also good to have an assistance or some relevant literature, which could help the riders. For some people, who just start to read the Bible, it is good if they start with the Sermon on the Mount and to proceed with the Gospel according to Mark. It is important to know the way, how the Word of God can find a place in our daily life. Children can start with easier texts, which could stress the goodness, the love and the beauty.
On the 20th June 2012 was read and held the lecture: ” The Sermon on the Mount – Part One.” The lecture was done by one of the most active harvesters in Macedonia, the priest Ivica Todorov. He said that theologians of the Orthodox tradition believe that the Sermon on the Mount is the heart of the New Testament.
On the 22nd June 2012 was held the second part of the lecture: “The Sermon on the Mount – part two.” Ivica Todorov said that in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ determines blessings as a spiritual guide to the state of joy, the fullness, the certainty and peace. The Sermon on the Mount is the base of our Christian living.
The week of the Holy Scripture ended with the Divine Liturgy. All the participants were particularly thrilled by this event, saying that; for them, this event means a collection of an experience and new knowledge of the Bible.
During this week, the exhibition visited more than 500 people end was underlined the need of more similar meetings.