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Today's Apple Spas

August 19 2007

Lord, to show his disciples that heavenly spiritual glory, transfigured before his disciples Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor - His face shone like the sun, clothes became white as light. Were the two Old Testament prophets - Moses and Elijah - and talked with God about His departure is close.

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Cloud overshadowed them, and out came a voice: "This is my beloved Son, the Nemzhe deigned to hear him." Celebration of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Church celebrates solemnly profess and compound divinity and humanity in the face of Jesus Christ.

His Transfiguration the Lord's good pleasure to protect their students from despondency, and brought them to the highest amongst the hope of disasters that had come upon them in the world. Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord belongs to the 12 greatest Orthodox holidays. In people, this day is called the Second Saviour. This is a traditional harvest festival.

Associated with the transformation of many in Russian history. Take, for instance the famous Peter Preobrazhensk - First Guards regiment of the army. It would seem that a coincidence - that this regiment was established in the village of Transfiguration, and the village got its name. But too many in the history of our Motherland of such a coincidence! Peter created a new army, which is destined to be the greatest victory. And the fact that the army began with the Transfiguration Regiment, became the symbol of the coming transfiguration of Russia. And how many of the great Russia is shining temples and monasteries in honor of the Transfiguration of Our Lord! The whole world shines Holy Transfiguration Valaam Monastery. A unique monument of architecture - the stately wood, without a single nail was built church of the Transfiguration in Kizhi. Yes, in Moscow alone, there are now only ten temples of Transfiguration.

On this day in churches bless the fruits of the earth, that is, apples, pears, plums, etc. The most popular and honored enjoy apples, there is the third title of the holiday "Apple Spas". Consecration of apples are most waiting for the mother, who died the children, and daughter, whose mother had died, as the legend of apples can be consumed only after Spas.

Of course, this festival is dear to us not only because from the day Apple Spas can eat the fruit of a new crop. Recalling the event that occurred some twenty centuries ago to Mount Tabor, we once again realize that if we are true Christians, we too will enter the concourse of the favorite pupils of God, among his favorites. And then, and we will open an unearthly, sunshine of His face, snow-white light of His garments.

Masha Shibanova


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