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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Basil of Ostrog and Tvrdoš''' the Miracle-worker (Serbian: ''Свети Василије острошки и и тврдошки чудотворац'') was the Serbian Orthodox [[Metropolitan]] of Zahumlje and Herzegovina from 1639 to 1671. His [[feast day]] is [[April 29]].
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== Early life ==
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St. Basil was born in Mrkonjići, a village in Hercegovina, of simple and God-fearing parents named Petar and Ana Jovanović (Петар и Ана Јовановић). His [[baptism]]al name was Stojan (Стојан). From his youth, he was filled with love for the Church of God. He was taught the [[Holy Scriptures]] in the Zavala [[Monastery]]. His teacher was Serafim, the monastery's [[igumen]]. When Stojan reached maturity, Fr. Serafim sent him to the Monastery of the Dormition (Assumption) of the Theotokos (Tvrdoš), near Trebinje. Stojan was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] with the name Basil and was then [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] and [[presbyter]]. As a monk, he quickly became renowned because of his genuine and rare ascetical life. Soon he was raised to [[archimandrite]]. Saint Basil took upon himself mortification upon mortification, each one heavier and more difficult than the last.
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He spent one year on [[Mount Athos]].
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== Metropolitan ==
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When Basil returned, he was elected and consecrated Metropolitan of Western Hercegovina, against his will. As a hierarch, he first lived in the Tvrdoš Monastery, from which he, as a good shepherd, strengthened his flock in the Orthodox Faith, protecting them from the cruelty of the Turks and the cunning ways of the Latins. When Basil was exceedingly pressed by his enemies and when Tvrdoš was destroyed by the Turks, he moved to Ostrog, where he continued to live an austere ascetical life, protecting his flock by his ceaseless and fervent [[prayer]]. [[Patriarch]] [[Gabriel I of Pec|Gavrilo I]] appointed Basil Metropolitan of Eastern Herzegovina on [[November 27]], 1651. He died peacefully in the Lord on [[April 29]], 1671, leaving behind his incorruptible [[relics]], which are still uncorrupted and miracle-working to the present day. The [[miracle]]s at the grave of St. Basil are without number. Christians and Muslims alike come before his relics and find healing of their most grave illnesses and afflictions. A great people's assembly (pilgrimage) occurs there annually on the Feast of [[Pentecost]].
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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[[Category:Serbian Saints]]
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