What can and can not be done on the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
Any Orthodox holidays should be celebrated in accordance with certain rules, so as not to bring down the wrath of the saints. Observe the traditions of the Intercession of the Day so that throughout the year the Mother of God protects you and helps you in difficult times.
Every year, the Orthodox Church and its parishioners celebrate the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos. This holiday is non-transitory and is held annually on October 14th. Despite the fact that the Intercession is not among the twelve great feasts, believers attach great importance to it and try to follow all its traditions.
Due to the miraculous appearance of the Virgin to those who ask and pray in difficult times, we still celebrate this day.
During a pagan attack that occurred in 910 in Constantinople, a miracle happened in one of the local churches where believers asked for help. The Mother of God herself, surrounded by other Saints and Angels, came to help the prayers. Virgin Mary spread over all those present cover, thus protecting them from atheists. At that moment, the strongest storm arose, which did not allow the enemies to even approach the city.
The feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos was approved by Andrew Bogolyubsky in the 12th century and is celebrated to this day.
Like many Orthodox holidays, Pokrov Day requires compliance with certain traditions and prohibitions. By adhering to these rules, you can avoid trouble. If you keep to the traditions of this day, then in the future you can not doubt the help and protection of the Mother of God.
What to do in Pokrov
Start your day with a prayer of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. Usually this holiday is asked for protection, health and happiness in personal and family life. It is believed that any request before the icon of the Mother of God will be fulfilled, and you and your loved ones will be under the cover of the Great Virgin Mary.
On this day, unmarried girls can come to the temple, where the icon of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God is, and put a candle near her, asking for marriage. Spouses can pray for happiness and well-being in the family, and childless couples can ask for early replenishment.
Despite the fact that during many church holidays it is necessary to observe fasting, it is not necessary on the Pokrov day. On the contrary, on October 14, the hostess should set a rich table, on which from time immemorial the main dish was pancakes. With a plate of fresh pastries, you must walk around the house and thank the Virgin Mary for all that was given to you this year.
In order to attract happiness and well-being to their homes, on the cover of the day they gave alms to the poor. It was believed that the one who serves on this day will receive even more in the current year.
In the people, this holiday meant the transition of autumn to winter, and the cover of the Mother of God was symbolically compared with snow cover. The snow that fell on this day has special properties: it is believed that those who wash them will be provided with beauty and health for the whole year.
Of course, the great holiday Pokrov never did without noisy festivities and fun. Unmarried girls on this day went out and had fun. It was believed that on October 14 you can meet your future husband.
What not to do in Pokrov
In Pokrov you can not do cleaning and do housework and household chores. It is believed that this day should be devoted to prayers, visiting the temple, and the holiday should be celebrated already in a clean house. Therefore, it is advisable to do the cleaning in advance.
In the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, try to avoid quarrels, conflicts and swear words. It is advisable not to drink alcohol and not to prepare a festive table until late.
On this day, according to folk signs, you can not give and borrow money. It is believed that in Pokrov together with money you can give your happiness and good luck, and take sorrow and grief.
In Russia, it was believed that on this day, girls should not be denied to the suitors who were wooing themselves. In ancient times it was believed that in the Protection of the Virgin Mary can give unmarried people a chance to find a happy family life, and if the gift is rejected, then the girl can remain lonely throughout the next year. Of course, in the modern world, this tradition is no longer considered relevant.
However, on this day, try not to quarrel with your beloved, do not refuse an invitation for a date, but rather pay attention to your loved one. In this case, your relationship will be strong, and love will never fade away.
The most important thing in the Pokrov Day is to pray before the icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Do not forget to thank the Protector for the protection and assistance rendered in difficult times, and ask her about the secret desires that concern you and your loved ones. Contact the Virgin Mary with prayer requests for your words to be heard as soon as possible. We wish you happiness and success, and don’t forget to press the buttons and