Orthodox name day and the day of the angel — what is the difference
Before the revolution, people lived in accordance with the Orthodox traditions of the faith. In our century, few people know the value of Orthodox traditions, as well as the difference between the name day and the day of the angel. In the article we consider the question: name day and angel’s day — what is the difference?
When is the birthday party celebrated, and when is the angel’s day celebrated? Is the actual birthday a birthday?
The name is the baby’s personal name given after birth. The name is given not only to man: the name is given to animals and plants, objects and objects of our world.
This tradition is described in the Bible when the Lord asked Adam to give names to all animals and heavenly bodies.
Before Christianity in Russia, they also gave names to newborns, while the name was associated with the outward signs of the baby or some characteristic features. After the baptism of Rus, the situation changed, and Christians were given new names at baptism.
For example, Prince Vladimir Red Sunshine was named Vasily. The names were given a special meaning: it was believed that they determine the fate of a person.
In modern times, the names are very diverse, and before the revolution, children were called in accordance with the Saints. The names of the saints of the Orthodox Church are recorded by month in the Svyatsets (Medesses).
Previously, parents did not care about choosing a name for their child, but called it in honor of a beloved saint. The main thing is that this name corresponds to the month of birth, although not necessarily.
In the Sacraments you can find the names of ancient Greek, Hebrew origin. What name to choose? To do the right thing, follow the tips:
- You can call the child the name of the saint, the day he was born.
- If the Orthodox calendar does not honor the saint on the birthday of the baby, select the name of the next day.
- If you chose a worldly name that is not in the Saints, the baby will receive another name at baptism — he will have two names.
- Before naming your baby, read the meaning of the selected name.
- If you are not sure of the correct choice of names, contact the priest for help.
There are over 1,700 male and female names in Orthodox Svyatitsakh, so choosing a name is not difficult. Recently, black witchcraft has begun to spread, so it is advisable to keep the name secret by the cross (given at baptism).
This will save people from targeting intentional damage.
This rite is performed at the time of the baptism of a newborn, when it is named after the patron saint. Name days (name-name) is the spiritual birth of a person, it does not apply to the physical world.
The spiritual name of a person given at baptism remains with him for the rest of his life, as well as the patronage of the saint.
Also, during the baptism of the newborn appears and guardian angel. Therefore, the name day and the day of the angel are the same.
However, there are special cases when the name day does not coincide with the day of the angel. Why? For example, the child was called by some name at birth and was saved at baptism.
Then they celebrate the birthday on the day of the memory of the saint with the given name, and the day of the angel — at another time.
Sometimes the name day can coincide with the physical birthday, if the child was given a worldly name corresponding to the name of the patron saint of the day. If the baby was given a worldly name that is not in the calendar, he is given a new name at baptism.
Note! Before baptism, the baby is completely defenseless, so the black sorcerers tried to impose terrible spells on the newborn during this period.
How to celebrate the name of the Orthodox tradition? This tradition originated in the distant 17th century. The whole family went to church, prayed to the patron saint and received communion.
Upon returning home, they organized a supper, where they were treated to cakes, rolls, and kvass. The evening was necessarily attended by godfathers — the godparents of the birthday man.
After the supper, the guests were handed out food — cakes and rolls, so no one left empty-handed. Many are interested in the question, did they put candles on the birthday cake? No, there was no such tradition in Russia.
The custom of lighting candles on the cake came to us from abroad.
Angel day and name day — what’s the difference? A person can be baptized at any age. In Russia, newborns were baptized on the seventh day after birth, but were later replaced by the fortieth.
When the baby turns 40 days after birth, they are baptized. On this day, a little Christian gets the name of his patron saint and protection.
For a long time, the tradition has continued to name the baby on the eighth day after birth, and to baptize on the 40th. Now this tradition (called the name on the eighth day) has lost its meaning.
What to do on the day of the angel? This day you need to devote to the church, to take communion and confess. A small child needs to be told about the meaning of the Orthodox faith in his life, about his saint patron and protector.
Angel day is different from birthday, so it is carried out in a special way. It is impossible to turn this day into an ordinary celebration about the physical birth — it has spiritual roots.
On this day, it is customary to read the prayers to their patron saint and prayers to the guardian angel. A person must sincerely ask for forgiveness for his sins and address his saint defender with faith in his heart.
Many Orthodox commit good deeds on the day of the angel, because with deeds faith is growing.
What is the difference between angel day and birthday? The day of baptism and the day of the angel are the same event in the life of a little Christian. During baptism, the baby was given the name of the saint revered on that day, so the name day and the day of the angel always coincided.
Previously, there was no difference between them. In the modern world, the name day and the day of the angel can be celebrated on different days, because during the baptism of the child can leave a worldly name.
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