During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Acts 16:9

Macedonia is mentioned in the Bible many times.

The first place touched by Christianity in Europe was in Philipi, Macedonia by St. Paul after having the above vision in his sleep in the year 49 A.D. The first person converted to Christianity in Europe was a Macedonian woman named Lydia who was living in Philipi, Macedonia.

Christianity spread throughout Macedonia and in 1019 A.D. the Ohrid Archbishopric of the Macedonian Orthodox Church was established. The Macedonian brothers Kiril and Methody translated the bible from Hebrew to Glagolitsa so that it could be understood by all Slavic peoples who lived throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. Macedonian Saints Cyril and Methody, Saint Naum, Saint Clement, and others spread the word of God throughout all of Europe, reaching as far as Germany, and Russia.

The Macedonian Orthodox Church was central to the Macedonian identity and culture throughout the centuries. Many wars and empires have passed through Macedonia and the Balkans, including the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. In the early 19th century, as a result of the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, Macedonia was divided and occupied by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania. The MOC continues to be the guiding light through which Macedonians from all parts of Macedonia and the world join together and celebrate our religion and culture.