St. Basil of Ostrog
Serbian Orthodox Church
Lake Forest, Illinois
St. Basil of Ostrog

Basil was born in Popovo Selo in Herzegovina, of simple and devout parents. From his youth he was filled with love for the Church of God, and when he grew up he went to the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Trebinje, and became a monk. As such, he quickly became known for his serious and rare ascetic life, for he loaded himself with ascetic practices, each harder than the last. He was later chosen and consecrated as Bishop of Zahum and Skenderia, much against his will. As a bishop, he first lived in the monastery at Tvrdos, whence, as a good pastor, he confirmed his flock in the Orthodox faith, keeping it from the cruelty of the Turks and the guile of the Latins. But when he was too pressed-upon by his enemies, and when Tvrdos* was destroyed by the Turks, Basil moved to Ostrog, where he lived in strict asceticism, protecting his flock by his unceasing and loving prayers.

He went peacefully to the Lord in the 16th century, leaving his whole and healing body, uncorrupt and wonderworking, to the present day. The miracles at the grave of St Basil are without number. Both Christians and Moslems hasten to his relics and find healing of the gravest sicknesses and sufferings. A great national gathering takes place there every year at Pentecost. Taken from the Prologue from Ochrid by Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovich

Родом из Попова Села у Херцеговини, од родитеља простих но благочестивих. Од малена беше испуњен љубављу према Цркви Божјој, а када поодрасте оде у Требињски манастир Успенија Богородице и прими монашки чин. Као монах убрзо се прочу због свог озбиљног и ретког подвижничког живота. Јер налагаше на себе подвиг за подвигом, све тежи од тежега. Доцније би изабран и посвећен за епископа Захумског и Скендеријског, мимо своје воље. Као архијереј најпре становаше у манастиру Тврдошу, и одатле као пастир добри утврђиваше стадо своје у вери православној чувајући га од свирепства турског и лукавства латинског. А када би и сувише притешњен непријатељима, и када Тврдош* би разорен од Турака, пресели се Василије у Острог, где се тврдо подвизаваше ограђујући стадо своје безпрестаним и топлим молитвама својим.

Престави се мирно Господу, у XVI веку, оставивши своје целе и целебне мошти, неиструлеле и чудотворне до дана данашњега. Чудеса на гробу св. Василија су безбројна. К његовим моштима притичу и хришћани и муслимани, и налазе исцелења у најтежим болестима и мукама својим. Велики народни сабор у Острогу бива сваке године о Тројицама.

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