In the great Baptismal feast of the Lord (January 19) in all Orthodox churchesThe water is consecrated. Today our editorial board will share with the readers of knowledge, which every Christian should remember, who is going to attend the service on that day.
It is known that at the consecration of houses, householdObjects, food, and sometimes the transport uses holy water. Why do people find a special life-giving force in it? The holy Cyril of Jerusalem replied: "The beginning of the world is water, and the beginning of the gospel is the Jordan. From the water shone light sensual, for the spirit of God rushed above the water and commanded from the darkness to shine the light. "
"The light of the holy gospel shone from the Jordan, for,As the holy evangelist writes, from that time, that is, from the time of baptism, Jesus began to preach and say: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Baptism of Christ Jesus Christ "sank in the waters of the Jordan the sins of the whole world," sanctified the watery nature ... "
About the features of holy water and its applicationTold the doctor, as well as Hieromonk Trinity-Sergius Lavra - Father Tikhon. He believes that the baptismal water requires special treatment: "she is eaten on an empty stomach. A man arose, made the sign of the cross, asked for the blessing of the Lord for the day, washed, prayed, and received a great shrine (a teaspoon of baptismal water and a piece of prosphora).
And then breakfast and other things. Mothers need to teach their children: every morning on an empty stomach take on a spoonful of Epiphany water. "
Also, Father Tikhon urges believers not to recruitHoly water in large cans and jars: "do not need cans, do not. Because Epiphany vodichku take on the spoon, for a little bit. The fathers of the church say: a drop of the sanctuary the sea consecrates. You can take ordinary, unblended water and add a drop of Epiphany there, it will all be sanctified. "
Many believers consider holy water the bestA medicine both from spiritual illnesses, and from corporal. Hieromonk Tikhon also believes in the power of the baptismal water: "There are dozens, hundreds of cases, when even from the deathbed a person ascended after the systematic reception of Epiphany water.
Often the confessors "prescribe" their beleagueredTo children of the Epiphany water - every hour on a spoon, with faith, of course, and without faith even though the polkanistry drink - it is useless. She can wash the patient and sprinkle his bed. "
Father of the Tikhon orders God to keep holy water in GodCorner, next to the icons. In no case can not put it in the refrigerator, because with holy water nothing will happen, it will not spoil. It is better to choose for its storage glass or ceramic dishes and always cover with a lid.
Baptism is an amazing holiday! Be sure to go to the temple of God on January 19 for service, she is unusually beautiful. And, of course, stock up on the baptismal water, only sensibly, enough to spoon for a whole year.