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St. Michael's Day marked in Ukraine on November 21

Author : News Agency 112.ua

This holiday is not one of the twelve Great feasts in the Eastern Orthodox Church, but remains very popular among believers
15:40, 21 November 2018

statue of Archangel Michael in Kyiv
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The Orthodox believers like to celebrate St. Michael's Day due to some traditions of this holiday.

Why feast is called St. Michael's Day?

The Orthodox believers also call the holiday the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael and all the Heavenly Hosts. People have simplified the name as it usually happens. As a result, it became simply the St. Michael's Day.

It is clear that the holiday was named after the Archangel Michael.

The main warrior of the Lord, the protector of the world, guarding the gate of paradise. This is only a part of his regalia.

Archangel Michael is patron saint of warriors. Ordinary people pray to him for protection from misery, sorrow and ask for healing.

Related: Ukraine celebrates Saint Nicholas Day

When did the holiday appear?

Oh, it was a long time ago, about 363 CE.

The holiday originated in Laodicean Church. It was decided to worship the Archangel because of the numerous miracles attributed to him. In particular, a miracle in Khoni, when Michael helped a sacristan to protect the church built in his honor from pagans.

By the way, the celebration of St. Michael's Day falls for November 8 according to the Julian calendar.

Number 8 is connected with the Last Judgment. As is known from the religious translations. Archangel Michael is to be judge at the Last Judgment.

The Last Judgment is the last judgment of God over people aimed to identify righteous people and sinners, and determine the award for the righteous and punishment for sinners.

It will look something like this:

the Last Judgment mural by Michelangelo Buonarroti
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Traditions on the St. Michael's Day

People who love to celebrate with swing, will appreciate this holiday. Our ancestors, for example, were feasting for a week.

By this time, the harvesting was completed, so there were plenty of everything to eat and enjoy.

The traditional food on the festive table - pie, roast meat and home-made beer.

On this day, you cannot do any serious housework, because any work on this day offends Michael, and you do not want the archangel to be angry, right?

On St. Michael's Day, you must not quarrel with anyone and it is important to be in good humor. One should help those who ask for it and refrain from doing something for your benefit. Otherwise you could face the angel’s punishment.

On this day, it is advised to go to the bathhouse to drive away all the illnesses.

By the way, there is a statue of Archangel Michael in the capital of Ukraine, - Kyiv, where he is the patron saint.

Related: Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv

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