Monastery of The Holy Mother of God



The Monastery complex of Kalishta is placed on the coast of Ohrid lake in a natural rocky environment. Kalishta is actually the name of the village next to which the monastery is built. This stavropighial complex - which is directly under the authority of the Archbishop of a Macedonian Orthodox Church consist of four churches: two dedicated to the Nativity of Our Most Holy Mother of God(one old, in a cave and one new), a Church dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul, the apostoles, and one dedicated to St. Athanasius the Great(in a cave).

 

The cave church - The Nativity of Our Most Holy Mother of God, is the oldest part of the monastery and its fundament. It is Build in the 14th century and is authentic, completely preserved with no restaurant works. The four churches - Church of St. Athanasius, the Church of St. Archangel Michael in village Radozda and the Church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ in village Vishni, form the cave - church complex in this region. Three monk cells are placed within the rock in within the rock in which the church is built - two on the first four, and one the second. Form the very Beginning of monasticism, the rock has always been a natural element and a symbol of asceticism. At the beginning, it was a monk, monastery and now - days, under the protection of Our Holy Mother, is the same. The metaphysical unity of the waves form the lake and the rock form the cost has for centuries been a spiritus movens  and the inspiration for practicing Christian virtues. Here, in this church, the wonderworking icon of Our Most Holy Mother of God was found and is kept now in the new church.

 

 

The new church - The Nativity of Our Most Holy Mother of God, was rebuilt in 1977, but the foundation dates from the 18th century. Divine Liturgy is served in this church every Sunday and for every holyday all over the year. The church is fresco-painted in the Byzantine style and has very temple, the wonderworking icon of Our Most Holy Mother of God is today exposed and through the prayers of the monk and all the believers, many healing miracles have happened. Childless women are the most frequent worshippers of the this icon and they visit the monastery. The Nativity of Our Most Holy Mother of God. The believers have witnessed many miraculous healings. During the World War II the icon was thrown into the lake several times, but it always returned back by itself, as a testimony of the silent presence of the God's Blessing at this place.

 

 

In one of the Buildings at the monastery there is a chapel (para-ekklisia) built and fresco-painted in 2002 and dedicated to St. Theodore the Tyro. The monks at the monastery use it in the winery period to perform their everyday prayers.

 

This chapel and the whole building are under the canopy of a very old tree - maple, which has a central place in the monastery. It is 645 years old, and people believe its age corresponds to the settling down of the first monks at this place.

There is a spring under the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul built in 1991    

 

 

 

Cave church of  St. Athanasius is a five-minutes walk away from the monastery building. It is build in the 13th century: authentic in its special appearance and rare beauty , non-intrusive and an everlasting witness of the unwavering faith of the people from this region.

The Natural beauty of this monastery complex, ennobled - with the graceful interventions of the people seeking for and finding God, is enriched with an un-quenching love of the brotherhood at the monastery. In accordance with their own strength and spiritual practice, they pray for health and salvation for all the visitors to the monastery. Through the prayers of Our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, Lord Jesus Christ, Our God, have mercy on us and save us, Amen !