People signs for the Exaltation
The day on which the believers could once again bow to the Life-giving Cross is traditionally celebrated by the church on September 27. In the minds of our ancestors, this event was united with the celebration of the last meeting of the fall and the final harvest. Ancient traditions are revered by believers so far.
Exaltation of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
On September 27, the Orthodox world remembers the wonderful event that occurred in the 4th century, which gave believers hope and faith in the infinite power of God. Queen Elena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, at the request of her son went in search of the Life-giving Cross to Jerusalem. The exact location of the shrine was unknown, because the pagans who seized power over the holy lands, diligently got rid of reminders of great events.
One of the inhabitants pointed to the location of the Cross: the shrine was buried in the land of Calvary, which idolaters turned into a pagan shrine. Christians destroyed an idolatrous temple built on the site where the Savior took the flour, and unearthed three crosses and nails. The cross, on which the Son of God was crucified, was discovered by attaching it to the dead: he was instantly resurrected. The patriarch erected a shrine high above his head, and many Christians worshiped him.
At the command of Constantine, a temple was laid on Calvary, and it was consecrated on September 27 in a new style. Since then, the Exaltation is celebrated on this date.
Our ancestors associated the day of the Exaltation with the end of the Indian summer, welcomed the third autumn, the last time and began to prepare for the meeting of the winter. Therefore, the holiday was sometimes called the “Movement”: the autumn moves with the winter, “the caftan moves with the fur coat”.
On September 27, the equinox period ended, that is, the equality of the daytime and evening time, and the dark time of day began to prevail over the daylight. Therefore, the Slavs believed that on this day darkness and light, evil and good enter into struggle: darkness tries to overcome, but the power of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord drives everyone famously away.
It was strictly forbidden to walk into the forest for the Elevation: it was believed that on this day snakes crawl on all sides, to go to the ground until spring. For the same reason, people firmly closed the gate leading to the courtyard: God forbid, a snake crawl. However, snakes are not the only danger that lurked that day in the forest.
According to the legend, the Spirit of the Forest — the devil — bypasses bypasses his possessions, and if he meets a person, he will lead him out of the way and lure him into the thicket or decide to «play a trick» and frighten the person so that he will lose his mind.
On holiday, they were afraid to start new business, and also to lend money and donate household items: it was believed that this would have a negative impact on the material well-being of the family.
In order to protect their homes from harm, in the old days, people painted crosses over the doors — a bright sign did not allow evil to enter the home and disrupt the welfare of the family.
At the Exaltation, our ancestors defended not only their homes, but also roads — in gratitude for divine protection. Crosses near the roads were useful for travelers: those who were on a long journey could stop, bow to the cross and enlist the support of heavenly forces. The custom was widespread to consecrate small churches and chapels on this day, to erect crosses on domes.
The fields from which the harvest was harvested were surrounded by icons, raising to God a request to send their daily bread for the next year. Sometimes people made a religious procession around the village, so that the heavenly forces would protect everyone who lives in it from the hardships.
At the beginning of the beginning of winter exploration. Particular attention was paid to cabbage, because the holiday is sometimes called «cabbage». The so-called “evening skits” were spread — funny gatherings. Elegant girls went to visit to cut cabbage, and the work was accompanied by songs and cheerful conversations.
Boys during such gatherings looked to their future brides. Guests were treated to cabbage dishes: Elevation is a time of strict fasting, and cabbage treats were most welcome.
Many traditions have survived to our time. Cabbage in different dishes on this day will be very useful. Small crosses painted over the doors will not allow quarrels and tribulations into your home, and appealing to the Lord for help in your life’s journey will not remain unheard. We wish you good luck and prosperity, and do not forget to press buttons and