What Orthodox holiday Christians celebrate on December 22 – find out on UNIAN.
Today Christians celebrate the day of the icon of the Mother of God “Unexpected Joy”. The image is called so because people who pray to the Mother of God receive unexpected consolation and help.
Read alsoAngel Anna’s Day: postcards, congratulations in verse and proseThere is a legend according to which one sinner prayed for a long time to the Mother of God that she would forgive his sins. The Virgin Mary heard the man and complied with his request. Nevertheless, he did not abandon his evil deeds and, getting ready for a sinful deed, again began to ask the Mother of God for a blessing. He saw blood flowing from the arms and legs of the baby on the icon, and then he heard the voice of the Virgin Mary – she said that every time sinners betray their faith, her Son is tortured again on the cross. Then the sinner realized how low he had fallen, begged for forgiveness and did nothing more wrong.
Also today is the day of St. Anne and the national holiday on December 22 – Anna Zimnyaya.
Orthodox holiday December 22 – the day of commemoration of St. Sophronius
Sophronius lived in the 6th century and came from a pious family. From a young age I prayed a lot and read the Holy Scriptures. Knowing the power of God, he began to fast, sympathize with the poor, lead a virtuous life, and preach Christianity. After the death of the bishop in Cyprus, the people wanted Sophronius to take his place. The saint agreed and ruled over the flock for a long time.
Signs December 22
People’s omens today / photo Marina Grigorenko
- frost on the trees – cloudy weather for the New Year;
- snowfall during the day – to frost at night;
- lace on trees – next year there will be a good harvest;
- bright and radiant day – for the New Year it will be clear and frosty.
What cannot be done today
On this day, our ancestors tried not to leave the house after sunset, and the girls did not do any housework. Pregnant women were not allowed to do needlework. Just like on any other church holiday, on December 22, you cannot quarrel, swear and take offense.
What can you do on December 22
Orthodox believers continue to observe the Nativity Fast, go to church to pray to St. Anna or the icon of the Mother of God for the welfare of their children. Pregnant women can ask the patroness of easy childbirth and happiness for the unborn child.
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