October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

Nika Kravchuk
13.10.2015

October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

The feast of the Intercession is considered one of the most famous. He does not belong to the earthly life of Jesus Christ and the Most Holy Theotokos, that is, he does not belong to the Twelve. But then what is the secret of his popularity? The answer must be sought in history.

Feast of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin

Miracle in the Blachernae Church

This holiday, so beloved in Russia, originates in Greece. Phenomenally, but there he does not attach such importance. How did that happen? There are different versions.

According to one of them, at this time Constantinople suffered from the attack of Muslims, on the other from Bulgarians or Rus. Hope remained very little. Only a miracle could save.

Therefore, many residents of the city gathered in the Vlacherna temple. The place was not chosen by chance: here were the robe of the Virgin, her headdress and part of the belt.

People began to pray as hotly as they could. Among them were Andrew, a holy fool for Christ, with his disciple Epiphanius. The history of these characters also deserves attention, because thanks to their lives we know about the appearance of the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Saint Andrew was a native of Russia, but he had long been in Constantinople. At first he was sold to a wealthy owner, and when he could no longer work as before, they simply let him go. Speaking our words, left on the street.

During the all-night vigil, closer to the fourth hour of the morning, the blessed Andrew and Epiphanius saw a miracle: the Most Holy Mother of God entered through the western gate, passed in the direction of the altar. She knelt, prayed with those present, tears streaming down her cheeks.

She was accompanied by John the Baptist and John the Theologian, as if supporting the Virgin Mary from both sides. There was also light from many saints.

Before the altar, the Mother of God removed her omophor (headdress in the form of a wide veil — it was he who became the image of the feast of the Protection of the Virgin Mary) and held it over the believers.

People felt a special grace. Andrew the holy fool saw all this, contemplated that divine light. He turned to his disciple, the blessed Epiphanius.

Here is what their dialogue looked like:

“Do you see, brother, the Queen and Mistress of all, praying for the whole world?”

- I see, holy father, and am terrified.

Icon of the Intercession of the Virgin

It was a visible image of how the Most Holy Mother of God worries about people, prays for them and covers them from all evil.

After that, the danger receded.

As the Feast of the Protection of the Virgin in Russia entrenched

Soon the Greeks had already forgotten about this holiday, but in Russia it was very popular. It was established by Andrei Bogolyubsky in 1164. It was this prince who in 1165 built the first temple of the Protection of the Virgin on the Nerl. By the way, the statistics suggest that this is the second most popular name for churches (after St. Nicholas the Wonderworker).

Years passed, centuries, but Orthodox Christians in the Russian lands continued to turn to the Virgin Mary in all their sorrows and sorrows, to call temples in honor of the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.

The feast of the Intercession and the iconographic tradition

Orthodox iconography knows a lot of examples of writing icons of the Virgin Mary with a stole in hands.

Sometimes the Mother of God is depicted alone. There are icons, on which the Most Holy Mother of God is present, from two sides - John the Baptist and John the Theologian (Jesus instructed the Virgin Mary with the words "Behold your mother" to this disciple).

Sometimes the bottom also depicts Andrew the holy fool, who with his hand points his disciple Epiphanius at the Most Holy Theotokos.

Saints in white vestments and angels can also be depicted, and below - praying in the Blachernae temple.

Many new images appeared due to the Cossacks, who considered the Mother of God to be their patroness. On such icons, besides the Virgin Mary and the saints, Cossacks could appear, whom the Mother of God sheltered with her veil.

Feast_Pokrova of the Virgin

Feast of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin and folk traditions

Immediately we must point out that most of the customs associated with October 14 are unlikely to claim to be Orthodox. Most likely, this is a mixture of Christianity with paganism and popular beliefs.

It was believed that on this day the girls especially zealously pray for marriage. Sometimes this was accompanied by the fact that for the holiday they embroidered a towel and decorated the icon of the Intercession of the Theotokos. But far from always Orthodox were conspiracy requests to “cover their little head”.

The word "cover" also caused associations with covering the first snow. Therefore, many popular weather forecasts associated with this date.

But there were also very good traditions for the Feast of the Intercession. One of them is on this day to go to the temple with the whole family, in order to ask the Most Holy Mother of God to protect their loved ones from evil and cover all with a stole.

Well not only unmarried girls contact the Virgin Mary on this holiday.In fact, she hears everyone who calls her in various cases. And he really invisibly protects with his omophorion, asks the Son for the salvation of everyone who applies.


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  • October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession

    October 14, honor the feast of the Intercession