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According to legend, when Ignatius was a baby, the Lord put his hand on him and voiced his prediction to people. That is why Ignatius was called the God-bearer. During the reign of Emperor Trajan, who ordered sacrifices to the pagan gods, Ignatius opposed. For this he was sentenced to death and sent to Rome. There he entered the arena and professed Christianity, and after he was torn to pieces by lions.
In honor of the memory of the saint, today a national holiday is celebrated on January 2 – Gostevik.
Orthodox holiday January 2 – the day of remembrance of John of Kronstadt
John was born in 1829 into a poor family, his ancestors were priests. The boy was often sick, his mother prayed for his health, and he, listening to her, himself learned to turn to God. His father often took him to church with him and fostered in John a love of worship.
Read alsoJanuary 2, 2022 – what a holiday today, signs and birthday people, what cannot be done todayThe boy graduated from the parish school, then the theological seminary, married a girl, and both spouses accepted the feat of virginity. He was appointed as the head of the St.Andrew Cathedral in Kronstadt, where in dungeons he consoled criminals, helped the poor, healed the sick. On his initiative, the House of Industriousness was created – a charitable organization for the homeless.
John of Kronstadt became famous as a man who literally grabbed hold of the Lord’s robe and prayed to him for help. Miracles began to happen in the city, people came to the saint for help, and the temple was always overcrowded – over 6,000 people attended the liturgies. It is known that Emperor Alexander III even came to him, whom John, alas, could not save from death. The saint died in 1908.
Signs January 2
People’s omens today / photo UNIAN, Valery Shmakov
- what is the weather on Ignat – so it will be in August;
- it is snowing or raining – by a productive year;
- Tits chirp loudly – cold weather will come.
What cannot be done today
The Orthodox Church on this day strictly forbids borrowing, otherwise you can doom yourself to poverty. Among the people, on January 2, people did not repair their shoes, as they believed that such actions shortened life. It is also not recommended to let the poor and the sick home.
What can you do on January 2
This date has long been dedicated to the home – the place where a person was born, grew up and received a blessing for life. That is why believers today pray to Ignat for protection from enemies and evil forces.
On January 2, the Slavs were actively preparing for Christmas. It is necessary to throw out all broken dishes before the holiday, draw up a menu and observe the Nativity Fast.
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