Circumcision of the Lord: why is this holiday important to the Orthodox
As it is known, circumcision of babies is not a tradition in Orthodoxy. But Jews from antiquity existed a custom that believers honor until now for some reason.
The circumcision of the Lord is celebrated year after year on the same day, January 14th. This is a great, not celebrated holiday, which has a special meaning. Even service in the church is held in a special way on this day.
The meaning of the holiday
Jesus Christ once said that he did not come to earth to change the principles and rules of people, but to fulfill them. Thus, circumcision reminds and proves to us that Jesus was God in the flesh — a man and at the same time a part of our Supreme Creator.
The Lord accepted the rules of the people to show their mercy and understanding. That is why he demands the same from us in relation to his laws — to comply strictly with them, because there is nothing difficult in being an honest and fair person. Before God, absolutely everyone is equal. Jesus Christ did us a favor, because circumcision proves the presence of flesh with Christ, proves his humanity.
As many priests say, in Circumcision, he took the form of a man, having suffered pain for his sins.
Before, before the birth of Christ, circumcision was the sacrament of purification — what is now baptism, which Jesus also received, but at 33 years old. John the Baptist performed the rite by which the sins of all people are washed away today. He christened all the waters of our planet the body of Christ.
The most important tradition of January 14 is to help people around. On this day, goodness was always done in Russia towards the needy. Children helped parents and grandparents.
By good works, people become closer to God, in response to the fact that the Lord was circumcised as an ordinary mortal.
This is a day of joy, love and understanding. Back in the 4th century, when the celebration of the Circumcision of the Lord began, people accepted this day as an opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past and wash away their sins.
Staying close to your loved ones and giving them love on this day is the main task of every believer. Love is the key to solving any problem. Pray to God and love your neighbor to be like the Creator.
This day is not one of the 12 major holidays of Christianity, but its strength lies in a special sense. It’s important not only the birth of Christ, his death and Resurrection, but also every earthly step, for he is filled with love, light and teaches us how to follow the path of life. Good luck, and don’t forget to press the buttons and