Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018

At all times in Russia, with the special trembling, they have been waiting for the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos - a day that heralds the miracle of salvation. On the feast of the Orthodox churches, the people gather to get to the service and pray to the Mother of God. According to beliefs, the saint straightens a wide canvas over the flock of Christ, protecting him from enemies, diseases and misfortunes. The traditions of celebration are rooted in ancient times, closely intertwined with the pagan world outlook. Why the rites and signs have merged, how many go to church in 2018, what cannot be done, how to behave properly to believers and laity, history experts and clergy will tell.

Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018

CONTENT

If the crop is harvested, Pokrova welcome!

The ancient Slavs believed that this day autumn is setting a date for winter. Nature falls asleep and it is time to rest from field work, which means it's time to play weddings and conduct “planned” rites. After the Baptism of Russia, the traditions of the ancestors marked the sacred event for Christians - the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Andrey the Fool in Constantinople in order to strengthen the faith and protect the besieged city,as well as all those who pray for salvation from the enemy, explicit and imaginary.

When to arrange the final farewell to the sun and what date the miracle occurred will tell the church calendar. This date is circled in red in it, since the holiday is included in the list of the great ones and is one of the most revered among the Orthodox. It is about October 14 (1.10 - in the old style). In 2018, this is Sunday.

What does the Scripture say about the divine message?

Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018

In 910, the Saracens surrounded the stronghold of the Christian faith - Constantinople. The city could not withstand the onslaught and everything went to its fall. In a fit of despair, the inhabitants gathered in the Vlachernae temple - the cloister, which kept the robe, belt and headdress of the Virgin Mary. Praying asked the saint of salvation. Among them was Andrei of Constantinople, who distributed all his wealth, made a vow of foolishness, and began to live in alms for the atonement of sins before the Lord. He was the first to see the coming of the Virgin Mary surrounded by angels and announced what he had seen, his disciple named Epiphanius, as well as all those present.

Approaching the people, the mother of Jesus knelt down and led the liturgy. After completing the ceremony, she removed the cloth-omophorion from her head and spread it over her flock to protect her from present and future troubles.Seeing its greatness and realizing its insignificance, the enemy host stopped the siege the very next morning. Despite the fact that the miracle took place in Byzantium and was not included in the Greek arch of significant dates of the Christian world, the holiday was widely spread in Russia as Pokrov Day, which was largely contributed by the son of Yuri Dolgoruky - Andrey Bogolyubsky.


Ancestral Beliefs and Folk Rites

On the eve of the joyous event, they clean and warm the houses, then in the Orthodox churches an all-night vigil begins, flowing into solemn divine service. The liturgy is dedicated to the Mother of God, offering prayers for help to her. According to the old custom this day it is accepted:

  • cook pancakes and Pokrovsky loaves;
  • read fortune-tied and burn old clothes;
  • “Bake corners”, feeding the brownie;
  • give gifts to the poor and orphans.

Hoping for the protection of the Most Holy, the faithful harden the children by pouring their own cold water on them and passing by a sieve or sieve. The next day opens the wedding season, and young people change round dances for gatherings.

What should not be done on a holiday?

Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos 2018. What day, what day of the week

On the eve of the celebrations, the harvest and the grazing of livestock are over.The preparation for winter starts, and then a period of rest begins, which lasts until the arrival of spring. The long history and vitality of the pagan traditions gave rise to many customs, rituals and superstitions, which are also relevant in 2018. It is not necessary to follow them, but the experience of ancestors should not be underestimated. On the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not recommended:

  • do housework;
  • borrow money;
  • refuse to matchmakers;
  • swear and drink alcohol until the evening.

You can not refuse to older people and everyone who needs help. Righteous labor is acceptable to the saint and will not cause its disapproval.

Signs, fortune telling and ancient traditions

Signs Divination Beliefs
What is the weather on October 14, and this winter will be

***

You will spend a fun holiday - be sure to find a wife

***

On Pokrova before dinner - autumn, and after dinner - winter

***

The wind blows from the north - to the cold and snowy winter, from the south - to the warm

***

If you bake a lot of pancakes on Pokrov, it will be warm in the house in winter

***

Have you decided to get engaged? Be happy marriage!

***

The girl who is the first to put a candle in front of the icon of the Holy Virgin Pokrovskaya will be the first to get married

***

Left on the windowsill bread will attract the attention of the groom

***

A strong wind is blowing - there will be many brides

***

The more snow, the more weddings will be played next year.

***

Saw flying cranes? Wait for an early and cold winter!

***

If the snow completely covered the field, then the snow will not melt until mid-February.

***

Do not insulate the house before the Intercession - all winter you will freeze

***

If the weather is windy, then this year there will be many brides, but if it snows, then many weddings

On the feast, the girls go and put candles in front of the icon of the Protection of the Virgin and say: “Cover - Holy Mother of God, cut my poor head with a pearl kokoshnik, a gold cuff”.

***

The groom will dream if the girl before bedtime prays: “Dawn is a lightning, a red maiden, Mother the Most Holy Theotokos! Cover my grief and illness with your fatoi! Bring me the contented ryazheny. ”

***

On the eve of the holiday, girls are wondering about the barn: they bake rye bread in advance, crumple and beat a piece of flax. In the evening, bread and flax are carried to a barn and put on a pole for drying sheaves of bread, saying: “My betrothed, my disguised, come to the rig today, look at the work, show yourself from the window!”

***

If a girl secretly gives her darling to eat a piece of such bread, and puts a thread of flax in her pocket, then the guy she likes will love it

***

By the flame of a candle on the Intercession you can guess the fate. Quiet flame means a quiet, even life without any particular phenomena or failures. White is bright, with a wink - life is bright, there are a lot of children. The flame is very bright, with crackling - a very fun, stormy, with many adventures life

Before Pokrov, you need to finish harvesting, make billets for the winter, insulate and clean the house.

***

On a holiday, be sure to go to the temple with the whole family in order to acquire God's intercession.

****

Women should kindle ovens with branches of fruit trees to ensure warmth and comfort.

***

Men should help the elderly and widows with the housework

***

Generosity pays off in full if helping the poor with hospitality

***

Obligatory dish on the festive table - pancakes, but first they need to "bake corners" to protect relatives and appease the brownie. To do this, the pancake needs to be divided into 4 parts and spread out over the 4 corners of the kitchen.

***

Bake a traditional Pokrovsky loaf and treat them to relatives and neighbors, it means to gain wealth and good luck

***

Burning old clothes and linen at the stake protects from the evil eye

***

Pouring children with cold water through a sieve or a sieve on Pokrov strengthens health

***

Collusion on the upcoming wedding promises a strong and friendly family

***

Fallen on the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary snow gives beauty.

Related news

Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 image, picture, imagery


Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 93


Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 91


Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 36


Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 48


Protection of the Holy Virgin 2018 15