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October 14 - Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary

October 14 2005

Celebration of the Russian Orthodox Church set to commemorate the miraculous appearance of Our Lady of Blachernae church of Constantinople (the capital of the Orthodox Byzantine Empire) in the X century.

At this time, the city threatened invasion of the Muslims. In Blachernae church during the vigil people prayed fervently for deliverance from danger. Among the worshipers was blessed Andrew the Fool for Christ (according to legend - Slav), together with his disciple Epiphanius. Raising his eyes to heaven, St. Andrew suddenly saw the marches on the air, the Blessed Virgin, surrounded by a host of angels and saints.

Accounted worthy of this vision Andrew asked his disciple Epiphanius: "You see, brother, and Lady Queen of all, praying for the world?". "I see the Holy Father, and dismayed," - replied Epiphanius.

On bended knees, She continued praying, and then took off with his head covered (cover omophorion) and spread it over praying in church, mark those fed the Christian world through her prayers protection from enemies visible and invisible.

Wonderful vision goggles, St Andrew and Epiphanius told about it the whole nation. Residents of the city, hearing of this comforting sign, filled with joy and hope that God the prayers of the Advocate will deliver them from harm inflicted by invading Saracens. Indeed, aid the Mother of God was not slow to follow - the enemies without any bloodshed retreated from the city.

In memory of the event celebration of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church established in the XII century. This happened thanks to the efforts of St. Prince Alexander Bogolyubsky, son of Yuri Dolgoruky. Record it is contained in the prologue of the XII century.

In 1165 near the city of Vladimir was built by the world-famous ancient architecture - the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. Another famous cathedral in honor of the Protection of the Mother of God (St. Basil's Cathedral) is located in downtown Moscow, on Red Square. Construction of which is associated with a campaign of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible in Kazan in 1552. On the feast of the Protection of Russian forces won a decisive victory over the Tartars.

The very spiritual content of the feast points us to a permanent, ongoing care of our Blessed Virgin, her fervent intercession for us before his son and God.

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