Today, the Orthodox respect the Virgin Mary.
Cathedral of the Holy Virgin / photo fresh-cards.ru
On January 8, immediately after the celebration of Christmas, believers celebrate another holiday – the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos.
On this day, the Orthodox Church turns to the Mother of God with songs of praise and prayers. In addition to the Virgin Mary, the church also honors the memory of other persons close to Jesus Christ – Joseph, the prophet David – the ancestor of Christ, and Saint Jacob – the son of Joseph from his first marriage, the brother of the Lord. The holiday was called “Council” because on this day there is a common – conciliar – veneration of the saints who are associated with Mary and Jesus.
the story of the holiday
After the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared to Mary and Joseph and told them to flee to Egypt, because King Herod intended to kill all the babies in Bethlehem and destroy the messiah. Saint James, together with his father Joseph, accompanied the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ to Egypt.
The feast of the Cathedral was popularly called “Babini Kashi”. On this day in Russia, pregnant women, women in labor and midwives were honored. They presented gifts, baked bread and pies. It was believed that this could ensure a woman’s easy delivery. Pregnant women and their husbands cannot work on this day so that the child is born healthy.
Women felt their connection with the Mother of God. They baked bread and brought it to the church, and there they left it near the altar. Porridge was cooked at home for dinner. The day was spent in fun – playing musical instruments and having fun.
Prayer at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos
Prayer at the Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God / photo st-alipy.ru
O Most Holy Virgin, the all-good Son of the all-good Mother, the reigning city and the holy temple of this patroness, the faithful representative and intercessor of all those who are in sins, sorrows, troubles and diseases! Educate infants, young men of integrity, turn their minds to the acceptance of every useful teaching. Protection and preservation from domestic insults and from visible and invisible enemies. Keep the spouses in love and single-mindedness and protect them from enmity with the world and love. And give us all love for each other, peace and piety, and health with longevity. Those who are in faith and repent from this life with angels and all holy creatures, may all in Heaven and on earth lead You as a firm and shameless Representative of our Christian race, and, leading, glorify You and Your Son through You, with By His Beginningless Father. and by His One-living Spirit, now and forever and forever and ever. Amen.
Greetings and holiday cards
Ladies celebrate this holiday,
It is special and big
Happy Cathedral Day
Holy Mother of God.
I wish you all the best,
Peace, joy and happiness.
The Mother of God will take away
Let all bad weather be from the family.
Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God pictures / photo fresh-cards.ru
When Christ was already born,
On the second day of Christmas,
We remember this holiday,
That God-mother gave birth to Jesus.
The Virgin was a saint,
Innocent, righteous, with a bright soul
And carried her in her womb for nine months
A child given to her by the Most High Father.
And on this day, according to an old legend,
Mothers who have given birth to a child go to the temple.
They quietly ask for health there,
And they say “Mother of God, have mercy on me.”
Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God greeting cards / photo fresh-cards.ru
Congratulations on the feast of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos. I wish to live gracefully, love sincerely, believe to the end and hope only for the best. Let there be many good and joyful days, worthy and noble deeds, warm and open smiles in life.
Cathedral of the Mother of God, January 8 / Photo by fresh-cards.ru
Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God –
Celebration of happiness, good,
I wish you a happy holiday
Smile, health, warmth.
May all dreams come true
Heaven will help in everything,
A prayer will be heard
Let them burn with the happiness of the eye.
Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God congratulations / photo fresh-cards.ru
Congratulations and on the day of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos, I wish from the bottom of my heart that the sky will always be bright and clear, that fate will remain favorable and kind, that bright stars will illuminate the path of life at night, and the unquenchable rays of the sun will help you choose the right path during the day. I wish you many years of health, peace, happiness and good hopes.
Congratulations on the occasion! To the Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos, I wish happiness to settle in every family. May fate take care of each person and reward them with health, joy, fulfillment of their wishes and prosperity! Good for you and all the best!