Apple spas – is a celebration with centuries of history and tradition. While still pre-Christian, he symbolized the transition of summer time into autumn and celebrated the harvest. On this day baked cakes and made special rituals of appeasement of the gods for blessing and reducesthe of the earth.
With the advent of Orthodoxy, after some vicissitudes, the festival has received the second title – the Lord's Transfiguration. This value is related to the last days of life of Jesus Christ. Apple Spas or the Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Christians celebrate on August 19.
The Events described in the gospel tells us that shortly before the crucifixion the Lord Jesus together with His disciples came into the coasts of Galilee. And taking with Him Peter, James and John, climbed with them to the high mountain Tabor. St. Theophylact explains this decision of Christ that the disciples were taken up to witness the glory of the Lord. So was fulfilled the Scripture, according to which every word will be true only when two or three witnesses.
How long they stayed on that mountain, history is silent. But at some point, Jesus was transfigured before the disciples in white shining clothes, and His face changed and began to glow. After this phenomenon the Savior came, the old Testament prophets and began to talk about His impending death.
The Transfiguration on the mount had a symbolic meaning. It shows that he expects godly men to eternal life. The celebration is intended to remind the living about the necessity of transformation and purification of the soul, as the will of God for each person.
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Mount Tabor, according to scholars, symbolizes the secluded place for prayer, during which there are amazing changes in the human soul. It is cleared of sins and experiencing the identification with the heavenly. It is believed that Christ in this day reflect His divine nature in the mortal body.
Thus, all the traditions and symbols (apples and treats) – just outside of the festival, the depth is truly amazing.
The Holiday, according to tradition, must be held in a state of quiet peace, of reverence before the Lord for His kindness. The Dormition fast which begins on August 14, is the forerunner of the holiday and includes special meals – you can not eat meat, fish, dairy products. But the limitations of the post have breaks on Savior of the Apple.
What are you doing this day:
Usually, the notion of a holiday, many people associated with the abundance of food, entertainment and idleness. But the gluttony and sinful entertainment – is that it is impossible to do in any case for the Apple Spas. Since we are talking about changes in the nature and about the spiritual transformation of the human soul.
The Negative emotions are unacceptable in this Holy day. It is believed that pronounced, made or mental evil can return a hundredfold.
Greedy – this is what not to do on Apple Spas. One of the deadly sins censured by Orthodoxy, and, moreover, it would not be appropriate in the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
This is the most burning topic of conversation on the eve of the holiday. The issue of concern to many, as the situation may be different. Having even a fraction of righteousness, to sin in those days would not want to. But shift at work, emergencies and force majeure has not been canceled. What if, for example, there is a need to help chop wood for an elderly neighbor. What can I work on Savior of the Apple?
Unfortunately, his religious fervor people tend to go to extremes. So many times the priests have to register before the comma.
For most of our compatriots holidays – this is the only weekend when I can clean up at home, to clean, to wash, carpets to shake up. And those who are quicker, even manage to do repairs. Is it possible to save Apple to do their house? This Christian holiday, like all others like him, categorically excludes cases of this kind.
Work on the day of the Transfiguration, is impossible. But if you have a demanding job that can not be postponed, and to postpone, or to depend on other people, it will not be considered a sin on this day. To help the elderly, widows and sick people is also not a sin.
It is Worth considering one more time. Some believers pay tribute to the holiday in the morning, I believe that after lunch you can work. "Apple whether Saved or any, – they say, – who is my business doing?". This position is a sin, for worldliness could not be more important than spiritual values. This day must be completely sanctified and separated unto the Lord.
Sadly, if the celebration will be confined to the rule book, "impossible-possible". Working on Savior of the Apple whether or not – this is a private matter of faith, piety and consciousness of each person.
A Separate item it should be emphasized that on this day allowed only the labor associated with the harvest. In other words, if you really itching and there is a desire to work hard, whether in the cottages, the gardens to work on Savior of the Apple. It will not be considered a sin. For other specific questions should consult with the priest.
According to tradition, early in the morning in the Church carried fresh fruit, usually grapes and apples. Upon completion of the Liturgy, when the priest will say a special prayer, the fruits are sanctified, then one part brought gifts of land parishioners left in the Church for servants, another – hand out the needy and the poor, and of the remaining Housewives preparing festive meals in the meal. It was believed that this action is distilled every need and sickness from the family.
It is also Possible for the consecration to bring and other fruits, vegetables, what freaks your garden, but they were new crop. But purchase the fruits to sanctify desirable.
The Religious traditions of the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord is closely intertwined with folk beliefs and customs in Russia, which has always been revered and passed down from generation to generation. Wearing apples on the graves of deceased relatives, generous hospitality for the poor, distribution of the harvest between poor neighbors – this is what we did to save Apple.
The signs that are associated with the holiday, Christians believe centuries:
And since ancient times in Russia there is a belief that as the human will save Apple, so will be his next year. Therefore, the people in this special tried to be kind, generous and merciful, forgiving the offenders and debtors....
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