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The venerable '''John of Rila''', the wonderworker, was the first Bulgarian [[hermit]] who was revered as a [[saint]] in his own time. His followers established and guided the Rila Monastery, which became a spiritual and creative center of Bulgaria. He is honored as the [[patron saint]] by the Bulgarian people. He is remembered on [[August 18]], the [[Translation (relics)|translation]] of his [[relics]] is celebrated on [[October 19]].