What can and can not be done on the feast of the Meeting of the Lord on February 15
The Presentation of the Lord is one of the most important days for every Orthodox person. Knowing which actions on this day will benefit and which will harm, you can change your life for the better, observing the traditions of the great Orthodox holiday.
The feast of the Presentation is so important for the entire Orthodox world, because it is dedicated to the memories of the earthly path of the Savior and His Most Holy Mother — the Virgin Mary. On this day, 40 days passed since the birth of the Infant Jesus, and the Mother of God came with Him to the temple to witness His birth.
Elder Simeon came out to meet the Virgin Mary with Jesus. For many years he had expected the predicted appearance of the Messiah, and, having only once looked at the Mother of God with the Baby, he realized that he had waited for this day. Simeon told Mary about the great destiny she had been prepared for, after which she blessed her and the Baby Jesus, offering a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord.
What is forbidden to do at the Meeting of the Lord
The Day of the Presentation of the Lord is annually celebrated. February, 15. On this holiday there are some prohibitions that must be observed by every Orthodox person.
Alcohol consumption. On the day of the meeting of God-bearer Simeon and the Infant Jesus, it is considered offensive to overshadow your mind with wine, strong alcohol and cigarettes. If you want to change your destiny and embark on the righteous path, then you must give up bad habits.
Quarrels with relatives and relatives. Foul language, curses, and abuse on the Feast of the Presentation are strictly prohibited by the church. A quarrel with relatives on this day can easily turn to your detriment, bringing great disappointment.
Cleaning. According to the Holy Scriptures, on big church holidays, hard work and significant domestic work are prohibited. Of course, it is not necessary to leave a mountain of dirty dishes after dinner or to postpone urgent washing for later, but general cleaning or repairs should be postponed to other days.
What to do February 15
In addition to the prohibitions, there are several mandatory things that must be performed without fail on the day of the Meeting of the Lord. According to folk beliefs, the observance of traditions can help every believer to change their lives for the better.
Go to church. To attend the festive service at the Meeting is to join the great sacrament of meeting the Lord with His destiny. On this day, every believer can ask the Lord for health, happiness, or deliverance from troubles.
Cover the holiday table. The church holiday of the Presentation falls on the third day of the Pancake week. This means that pancakes should occupy a central place at a festive dinner.
Cooking this delicious and nutritious delicacy does not take much time, and it will be extremely easy to gather relatives at the table.
Light church candles or a lamp. The Fire of the Presentation is considered special: candles, consecrated on February 15 in the church, can take any, even the most terrible misfortune, from a believing family. To do this, you need to light them in front of the icon of the Savior and let them burn to the end.
If for some reason you cannot bring festive candles to your home, then you can replace them with a lamp, lit with a prayer to the Lord.
Soon after the feast of the Presentation of the Lord for Orthodox Christians comes the most severe time of the year: Lent. At this time, everyone who sincerely believes in the Lord will be able to turn his life in a different direction with the help of sincere prayers and humility. We wish you peace in your soul and festive mood. Be happy and do not forget to press the buttons and