The monastery of Lesnovo is located at the beginning of the village Lesnovo, near Zletovo and Probistip – in the North part of Macedonia. Its temple is dedicated to the archangels Michael and Gabriel, but also to the local Saint Gavriil Lesnovski. It is an important spiritual i literacy center in Macedonia preserved the tradition from ten century. As a big spiritual center it hosted many events from the church history in Macedonia, at the same time distinguish oneself by the monastic life, serving to God, the church-ruling organization, lecture notes activity and the cultural issues in general.
Exploring through the historical documents we can not find the facts about precise determination for the date of the monastery building. In legends and in literacy sources its existing is related to the time of St Gavriil Lesnovski activities. According to the saved parts of the short and the largest version of the Gavriil’s script there are two different views for the establishment of the monastery. In the short version which is an older one, is announced that the monastery was grounded by Gavriil himself, and by that he was its first founder. The other, longer version of the script claims that the monastery already existed when Gavriil became monk and got blessing from the abbot to leave on hermitage in Zletovos Mountains. We believe that the older version is more relevant, because the one who was created later had influence from the legends and from many historical and church-ruling interests. According to that, we claim that The Lesnovo monastery was build at the time when Gavriil became monk (first half of the 11th century) or at a certain time after his death through the process of the moving of his bones (second half of the same century). Thirty years after his death his bones were discovered and the monastery was build or upgraded in his honor. The church solemnest have kept the cult of the saint, because the sympathy and the popularity toward him at the same time were protection to the monastery cult. In its early existence the monastery was independent and not functioning under other monastery center. But soon it became big spiritual center with many monks, and till 14th century was flexible for every spiritual or political condition that was created with the invaders of Macedonia. In the saved script from 1330 in Lesnovo prolog written by Stanislav Lesnovski (Belgrade, SANU No.53) is mention the monastery dedicated to St.Archangels and was assumed that there was the grave of the Saint Gavriil. There was monkshood with abbot Teodosij as a leader and according to his request Stanislav has rewritten the Prolog with the shorter script for St Gavriil Lesnovski. That is taken as evidence that in 1330 the monastery of Lesnovo existed in the architecture model as its first-build construction and was important spiritual and literary center.
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