The Eastern Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity
If you selected Malko Tarnovo for your vacation or just move from there, be sure to take a few hours to explore the beautiful Strandja village. And your stay here will not be complete without visiting the East - Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The golden dome and you'll see more of their entry into the city. Located in the center of Malko Tarnovo, next to the school building. Holy Trinity Church is one hundred and fifty years of history. Many of you will wonder how the Catholic church has survived so long only a few kilometers from the border of Europe and the Muslim world. As a result of the struggle for spiritual revival and independent Bulgarian church, the Bulgarians in Thrace conclude Union (union) with the Vatican, through which recognizes the autonomy of the Bulgarian Church under the rule of Rome, while retaining the right to conduct worship their eastern (Orthodox) rite . As a result of the plight of the Bulgarian population in the 60s of the XIX century, the fight against chorbadzhiystvoto and Turkish rule, Catholicism found fertile soil in the area. Uniates were originally persecuted, but thanks to their contributions to the awakening and revival of Malko Tarnovo, the Catholic community strengthens its position. Early church services were conducted in a small chapel located in the courtyard of malkotarnovetsa Stojcho Garufalov and Catholic-based school to the church was situated in the house of Dimitar Zlatarov. Of - later, in 1868 with the help of voluntary labor and resources of local people build the first Catholic church Sv. Petka. Years - later the building of the temple began to collapse and in 1929 the parish council decided to build a new building of the temple. On 08.10.1931, the first stone was laid of the East - Holy Trinity Catholic Church. After a long struggle, a lot of volunteer work and donations from Bulgaria and the Catholic community across Europe on 04.04.1939, the unfinished church was consecrated ministry and it begins. During communist rule in Bulgaria, the activity of the Fathers anastasimatarions fading, and with them the religious life of the parish. For it was revived in 1993 with the arrival of Poland in Bulgaria Father Roman Kotevich. With the active participation of the Father began finishing the building, constructed new iconostasis, the icons are placed, moved in - ahead of Edirne, after the closure of the mission of Fathers anastasimatarions there in 1928 restored icon of the Virgin Mary Chenstohovskata - Patroness of the unity of Christians, also known as the Black Madonna because of the dark color of the faces of the Virgin and Child. In 2000, during his visit to Bulgaria, Pope John Paul II crowned the icon. On 5/27/2014, by decree of Bishop Christo Proykov Holy Trinity Church was declared a sanctuary of St. Pope John Paul II, Pope of Rome. With a procession to the temple were carried particles of the relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. Father Roman and I'll meet you at the entrance of the temple - a smiling and gracious, you greetings perfect Bulgarian language and will answer any of your questions. And your questions will be many, believe me!