Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the essence, history and traditions of the holiday
The Annunciation precedes the feast of Holy Easter and is of great importance in the Orthodox world. On this day, believers observe traditions and offer prayers to the Virgin and the Savior.
On the day of the Annunciation, the Virgin Mary received a message from the Archangel Gabriel that she would become a mother to the Son of the Lord. The message of the immaculate conception was part of the prediction of the coming of the Messiah, who would save mankind from sins.
The history and significance of the Annunciation
In the church calendar, the Annunciation is the Twentieth feast day and has a fixed date. On April 7, believers will go to temples and churches to offer prayers to the Supreme Powers. Another name for this holiday is the Annunciation, the time when the Virgin Mary received the message from God’s messenger about the imminent appearance of the Divine Infant in her.
The value of this holiday is huge. In the Annunciation, the atonement of the sin of Eve, who had been flattered by the Devil herself, the immaculate Mary, who had suffered through the immaculate conception of the future Savior, occurs. Many theologians believe that Mary became such a woman, which, according to the original plan, should have become Eve — humble, humble, respectful to the Lord, and faithfully honoring His Word.
On this day, solemn liturgies are held in all temples, proclaiming the good news to the world. Also, the church makes a relief in the intake of food, if the celebration falls at a time of strictly fasting. Believers can afford fish and fish products, but other animal products are still banned.
On April 7, believers set aside any work, do not do cleaning, needlework and other things that distract from the ascension of prayers. This day is intended to heal the soul and release it from the negative.
On the day of the holiday special attention is paid to birds. Believers release white doves into the sky as a symbol of the message sent by the Lord.
In folk traditions, the night before the Annunciation is spent without sleep, they kindle large bonfires to finally drive off the winter and meet the warm spring days. They always burn old things, which are the accumulators of negative energy. The ash left after the fires must be taken to the fields and gardens to fight pests and grow a wonderful crop.
Prosphora, fast bread are brought from the church, which are necessarily shared among all the household members. The remains are fed to birds and domestic animals in order to protect them from diseases and other troubles.
April 7 is a great date for every believer. On this day, the church calls to abandon any manifestation of negativity, spend time with family and be sure to pray before the faces of the Virgin and Jesus Christ. It is believed that on this day Heaven is open and heed every word spoken.
Try not to utter abuse and other curses so as not to incur the wrath of the Lord. I wish you happiness, and do not forget to press the buttons and