What not to do on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 15
Church holidays are an integral part of the life of every Orthodox person. To hold them properly, you need to know what to refrain from on bright days of the calendar.
One of the major Twelve Great Feasts is the Meeting of the Lord on February 15. It was on this day that the baby Jesus was brought to the temple. The immaculate child has manifested itself in the earthly world for the salvation of sinful souls and the realization of God’s purpose. On this great holiday, all Orthodox pray to the Theotokos, glorifying the Blessed Virgin and her son.
All the temples held solemn services. At this time, some cases are banned.
What not to do in Candlemas
February 15 is a great day to celebrate the meeting of God in the flesh with the prophet Simeon the God-bearer, who predicted global changes in the lives of all people with the advent of baby Jesus. The prayers offered on this day help every believer. On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, one should concentrate on the spiritual life, analyze one’s actions, ask for forgiveness for sins and do good.
There is a list of cases from which it is better to refrain.
Ban on work. At Candlemas, the church forbids any work except those that serve the good of the people. Making money is considered a sinful occupation on February 15.
The only exceptions are those professions that are aimed at helping others. These are medical, rescue and other services that, by their actions, bring benefit to the lives of people.
Ban on alcohol. The church does not approve of alcoholic drinks that cloud the mind and make people dependent on their bad habits. It is believed that all the harm from the evil one, and only saving prayers allow Christians to daily fight with the devil’s temptations and continue the righteous path.
Ban on household chores. Cleaning and washing — the lot of weekdays. During the celebration, it is customary to devote time to God and prayers for the purification of the soul and the search for the righteous path.
It is also a time to communicate with relatives and good deeds.
Ban on quarrels and swear words. Foul language is one of the deadly sins and turns Heaven away from a scolding person. Swearing destroys a person’s connection with the Higher Forces and deprives him of protection and protection.
Ban on washing. Washing in the old days caused a lot of trouble. It was necessary to carry water, chop wood and heat the bath.
Hard work during the holidays was not welcomed, so it was decided to wash the day before to meet the bright date with a clean not only soul, but also the body. In the modern world, the church does not prohibit washing, if necessary. The exceptions are entertainment and leisure pastime in the bath or sauna.
The ban on needlework. During the lesson you can forget about going to church and communicating with God. The church allows handicraft if it does not take all the time and does not turn a person away from prayers.
Naturally, it is not forbidden to mend torn clothes or sew them in order to wear.
The ban on fortune telling and rituals. Orthodox Christians, who truly believe in God, cannot engage in magic and in every possible way deceive the destiny predestined by the Higher Powers. Attempts to look into the future cast doubt on God’s plan and are sinful.
The feast of the Presentation of the Lord is marked by solemn church services and the consecration of candles. On this day, your good mood and humility before God purifies the soul and contributes to the attainment of happiness. We wish you well-being, and do not forget to press the buttons and