Celebration of the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgincelebrated after Christ, January 8th. On this day, believers glorify the Mother of God with praise, as the pure Virgin who gave birth to the Savior of mankind. This holiday was established immediately after the birth of Christ for the reason that His Mother is the One from Whom He was born, which became the instrument of Divine providence.
This holiday was called a cathedral in order to distinguish it from other feasts of the Virgin Mary, such as the Annunciation, the Virgin's Christmas ... On this day, a general celebration is held for other people who were close to the Virgin Mary. This is Joseph the Better, Jacob, the brother of the Lord, King David.
In the 4th century, Epiphanius of Cyprus and Saint Ambrose of Milan, together with St. Augustine, began honoring Mary after the Nativity of the Savior. The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary was already a tradition.
Everyone knows that the Savior was born of the Holy Spirit. But all the people who surrounded Him after birth have a special meaning for the history of the Church. They are remembered with reverence, because somehow they were associated with Jesus.This is His family and relatives. Not to mention these people is impossible, since the very descent of the Lord on earth and His acceptance of the Holy Spirit is a combination and union of the divine and the earthly.
God wished that human life with all its passions was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and deified. When His Son took on a human form, there was a union of the heavenly and the earthly, Divine and human. The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin is a reminder of this.
A Christian, striving towards Heaven, desiring to unite himself with God, cannot do this without respecting his relatives, treating them with malice and bitterness, humiliating others, and not maintaining good family relationships. Sin is not human nature, but a manifestation of the evil human will. Work on yourself, the constant striving for the image of God, is blessed by the Creator.
Cathedral of the Blessed Virginwas installed in the year 691. In the church hymns addressed to the Most Pure Virgin, we can hear the words: “Pure Divine Mother of God! Your honest cathedral is decorated with lots of kindness, many worldly people bring you gifts. Destroy our sinful bonds with your grace, save our souls.Born from the Father without a mother, who incarnated on earth without a father from You. The star proclaims to the Magi. Angels and shepherds sing the unspeakable Thy Christmas, Gracious ”.