Yearly, September 14th is the purple cross vacation within the Orthodox Christian calendar. On at the present time, Orthodox Christians rejoice the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It is among the most essential and oldest feasts devoted to the cross. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is the second nice feast of the brand new church 12 months, which started on September 1.
The Romanian Orthodox Church says it’s the oldest feast of the cross and commemorates two essential occasions. The primary is the invention of the Cross on which the Savior Jesus Christ was crucified and its elevation earlier than the individuals by Bishop Macarius of Jerusalem, on September 14, 335. The second essential occasion is the bringing of the Holy Cross from the pagan Persians in 629. The emperor Byzantine Heraclius deposited it within the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
Traditions and superstitions of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Custom says that on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, or the Day of the Cross, the final medicinal crops are gathered. It’s in regards to the boz, the infant, the horsetail, the swift. They’re taken, along with a bouquet of flowers and basil, to the church, to be positioned across the cross and to be sanctified. The crops sanctified on this means are then saved in the home, on the icons or in different secure locations. They’re used to treatment some ailments, but in addition for love charms. The holy basil on the Day of the Cross is positioned within the birds’ water dishes, to guard them from ailments, within the women’ fiddles, in order that their hair doesn’t fall out, and on the eaves of the homes, to guard them from evil, particularly from lightning.
Additionally for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, ritual acts had been carried out in Bucovina that had a fertilizing function. Thus, individuals hung holy basil crosses within the branches of fruitless timber. They believed that on this means they’d have a wealthy harvest within the coming autumn.
On the similar time, on the Day of the Cross, the earth closes, which takes with it the bugs, reptiles and crops that had been left to the sunshine within the spring. On at the present time, the priest sanctifies the winery and the wine barrels, in order that the householder will get pleasure from a wealthy harvest sooner or later. Grapes from the final vine shouldn’t be picked on September 14. They’re to be saved as an providing to the birds of the air. For that reason, they’re known as, in well-liked language, the grapes of God.
What you shouldn’t eat on the Day of the Cross
On the similar time, it’s stated that it isn’t good to eat garlic, nuts, plums and fish. It’s endorsed to maintain a black, harsh quick, for the therapeutic of the soul and physique. On the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross it isn’t allowed to work so as to not appeal to risks.
Furthermore, any longer the beating of the nuts additionally begins, however it isn’t allowed to eat the fruit as a result of the core is within the form of a cross. The widespread individuals consider that if it thunders on this vacation, the autumn can be a protracted one. One other custom says that if crows collect within the fence, frost will fall.
Pilgrimages on the Day of the Cross
Yearly on September 14, hundreds of pilgrims direct their steps to the land of Dobrogea, to Dervent Monastery, in Constanța county. It’s the Day of the Temple of the holy place. The royal feast is devoted to the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Two essential occasions within the historical past of the wooden of the Holy Cross are actually evoked. The primary is expounded to the invention of wooden, within the 4th century, by the Holy Empress Elena, the mom of Constantine the Nice. The second memorable occasion issues the image of Christianity’s victory over paganism.
1000’s of believers come on pilgrimage on the Day of the Cross, to Mount Mic. Christians participate within the pilgrimage on Mount Mic on the event of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Individuals come to hope to the miracle-working icons of the Mom of God from the Călugăra Monastery, the Teiș Monastery and the Măru Parish, within the Eparchy of Caransebeș.
On the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the Day of the Cross, Christians additionally commemorate:
- The Dormition within the Lord of Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople;
- Empress Plachila;
- To the Holy Fathers who participated within the VI Ecumenical Synod;
- to the Holy Martyr Pope;
- to the Holy Martyr Theoclitus;
- Saint Valerian, the toddler;
- To the Holy Pious Martyr Macarie from Dionysius Monastery (Mount Athos)
- to Sultan Mara, princess of Serbia, in accordance with Crestinortodox.ro.