Intercession of the Theotokos – the great Christian festival, which is celebrated annually on October 14. What is its history and what folk traditions accompany the day – read on.
The day when everyone is asking for protection and peace from the virgin Mary, is a cover of 2018. Ukraine celebrates this great holiday public holiday and the divine Torgiano in every Church.
Of the Holy virgin – the history of the holiday
The event, which was the beginning of the celebration of the Intercession, took place in the year 910 in Constantinople. Then the Byzantine Empire suffered from the war with the Saracens-Muslim. And on Sunday, October 14, Constantinople was under the RAID of the enemy troops.
According to legend, all the believers in the city gathered in the Blachernae Church for prayer. During the service Whacky Andrew saw over people to the most Holy virgin, which was illumined with heavenly light and surrounded by angels. Mary prayed for the world, took the veil and covered them with all the people in the temple. This divine miracle helped the people of Constantinople to believe that Mary cares of the world and wants peace. Subsequently, the Byzantines managed to lift the siege and defeat the Saracens.
It is with this divine service on 14 October in the Byzantine Empire began to celebrate the feast of the Intercession of the blessed virgin. And already in the tenth century Cover began to celebrate in Russia.
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Tradition on the feast of the Intercession 2018
Festive divine Liturgy in the Church is not the only custom, which is to be performed. A thousand years of existence in Ukraine there are many traditions associated with Pakrovai.
The people of the Holy virgin – it’s graduation day chores and harvest. In ancient times, namely from 14 October began the winter.
And in addition to economic matters, important is the feast of the Intercession of the blessed virgin Mary for unmarried women. Because on this day the young women to pray to the virgin asking for marriage. People say: “white snow covers the ground, my equips young married”, “Holy mother, Pokrovnik, cover my head, even though the cloth so left on the shelf”.
Also Cover was considered the most favorable for marriage. From the ancient years until today, a larger number of weddings falls on the period after the holiday.
Cover 2018 is the time of family visits and joint meals. On the Cover need to minimize home and work and to spend the day quietly in the family circle.