Annunciation on April 7: history and traditions of the holiday
The Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos is one of the most important Christian holidays. In Orthodoxy, this event is of great importance for every believer.
The history and significance of the Annunciation
This is the twelve feast day, which means it has a fixed date — April 7th. His second name is the Annunciation. This is absolutely not by chance, because on this day, according to legend, the Virgin Mary was informed by the archangel Gabriel that she would soon give birth to the savior of all the righteous people — Jesus Christ.
Apostle Luke wrote in his Gospel that the Mother of God learned about the holiness of her unborn child and its great importance in the life of every person in the sixth month of pregnancy. The Virgin Mary was in Nazareth, where the angel appeared. He said the following words, which later became the basis of prayer:
Gracious Mary, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you between wives. Do not be afraid, for you have found the grace of God. You carry the Son of God in the womb, and after his birth you will call his name Jesus.
He will reign forever with his Father, and his kingdom will have no end.
The significance of the Annunciation in Christianity is immense. This holiday and the very fact of the secret holy conception redeems the sin of Eve, who was the very first woman who knew him. In fact, church leaders and sages believe that Mary became the second Eve.
It was the very Eva that she was to become later — humble and humble, kind and respectful of God.
Tradition April 7
The Annunciation is a great feast day, which is not celebrated categorically if it falls on a passionate week. In its significance this day is placed by the priests on a par with Christmas and Baptism.
On April 7, a special liturgy is held in churches, the peculiarities of which depend on the day of the week and on the date. Many points are very important, so you should clarify in the church what you can and cannot do. One interesting point is that sometimes this event falls on Easter itself.
Then the holidays are joined and celebrated in succession — first Easter, and then the Annunciation.
The Ecumenical Council established one important rule in view of the exclusivity of the holiday. On this day, a full liturgy is performed in all churches, despite the Lent. Recall that this is prohibited in any other cases.
If the day does not fall on Holy Week, you can eat olive oil, wine and fish. If the holiday falls on Good Friday or on the Saturday before Easter, then it is celebrated on Sunday — the first day of Easter.
April 7 is a great date for every self-respecting Christian. If you do not have the opportunity to visit the church, then read the prayer «Virgin to the Virgin, Rejoice,» at home. Believe in God, love your loved ones, and live righteously. Good luck, and don’t forget to press the buttons and