Basil of Ostrog

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Our father among saints Basil of Ostrog and Tvrdoš(Свети Василије острошки и и тврдошки чудотворац), the Miracle-worker was born Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Zahumlje and Herzegovina from 1639 to 1671. His Feast day is April 29/May 12.

Early Life

St. Basil was born in Mrkonjići, a village in Hercegovina of simple and God-fearing parents Petar and Ana Jovanović(Петар и Ана Јовановић). His baptismal name was Stojan (Стојан) From his youth, he was filled with love for the Church of God. He was teaching Holy Scriptures in Monastery Zavala. His teacher was Serafim, igumen of Monastery Zavala. When Stojan reached maturity, Fr. Serafim sent him to the Monastery of the Dormition (Assumption) of the Theotokos (Tvrdoš), near Trebinje. Stojan was tonsured as monk Basil and was ordained deacon and presbyter . As a monk, he quickly became renown because of his genuine and rare ascetical life. Soon he was raised archimandrite. Saint Basil took upon himself mortification upon mortification each one heavier and more difficult than the last. Archimandrite Basil spent one year on Mt. Athos.


When Basil retourned, he was elected and consecrated Metropolitan of western Hercegovina, against his will. As a hierarch, he first lived in the Monastery Tvrdoš and from there, 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 lived an austere ascetical life, protecting his flock by his ceaseless and fervent prayer. Patriarch Gavrilo I appointed Basil of Eastern Herzegovina November 27, 1651. He died peacefully in the Lord April 29, 1671, leaving behind his incorruptible relics; incorruptible and miracle-working to the present day. The miracles 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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Basil of Ostrog
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Metropoltan of Western Herzegovina and Zahumlje
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Metropolitan of Eastern Herzegovina and Polimlje
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