Patronal feast, or temple

Elena Terekhova
05.11.2015

Patronal feast, or temple

Once a year or several times an Orthodox church notesfeast day.It is also called the temple, or shortly - the throne. According to Christian tradition, every Orthodox church is named after a saint, church holiday or event. Such a tradition arose before Christianity, in the times of paganism, when idol worshipers called the temple in honor of the gods, made sacrifices and supplications to them. With the advent of Christianity, the first preachers of the Savior gathered for prayer in the catacombs, in the tombs where Christian martyrs were buried. Over time, the catacombs were called after the victims for their faith.

 Patronal feast, or temple

When Christianity in the Roman Empire became official, the construction of temples began. Their number exceeded the number of martyrs. Divine services were performed on the tombs of the apostles, saints, holy fools and saints. Also services performed on the thrones. Throne called the holiest place in the temple.

It was a square table, which stands in the center of the altar opposite the Royal Doors. It was believed that in the place where the throne is, God is invisibly present. Therefore, the feast day is associated with the relics of the martyr, whose relics are in a particular temple. Over time, temples began to be called in honor of God, the Virgin, icons ...

The feast day can also be called the name of the temple. The Orthodox calendar contains holidays that repeat throughout the year repeatedly. For example, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. It is celebrated on December 19 and May 22. And the memory of the Iveron Icon is performed three times a year, the Signs four times a year. In such cases, the thrones, that is, the festive services, serve several times a year.

There are temples to which side chapels are attached, they have a common roof with the main temple, but different altars. In this case, the feast of the main temple and chapel is also celebrated. Temples are not named after all the holidays and saints. For example, in honor of Easter they do not call churches, very few temples are named after Christmas, the Trinity. On these great holidays, the number of parishioners already increases many times over.

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Feast daygives the opportunity to believers to express their respect and love for this or that saint. But at such festive divine services, the priests usually remind the believers in their sermons that Jesus is the only one for every Christian. Saints exist to help our prayer, which the Lord often does not hear because of the severity of our sins. Through their prayers, the Savior agrees to accept our request and help to be cleansed of vice.


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