On December 18, in Orthodox churches, they will remember Savva the Sanctified, who lived in the 5th century. For devotion to the Christian faith, the Almighty endowed him with the gift of miracles. With prayers, the saint cast out demons and cured serious illnesses. In the folk calendar, Savvin is a day. Our ancestors at this time before going to bed put coins under their pillows in the hope of unexpectedly getting rich..

Photo: Valery Gundarev

Saint Sava was born in the 5th century in Cappadocia, where he spent his whole life. It is known from the scriptures that his parents were pious people who followed the Christian faith. They gave their son a good education.

Saint Savva the Sanctified

When Savva was eight years old, he was sent to study at the monastery of St. Flaviana, where he mastered reading and writing, and then the Holy Scripture. At the age of 17, despite the persuasion of his parents to return to normal life, the young man took monastic vows. And he retired to a monastery, where he spent ten years in prayer.

For piety and faith in Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ endowed the Monk Savva the Sanctified with the gift of miracles. He cast out demons from people, cured them of leprosy and other serious illnesses. Having received the gift of miracle-working, the monk went to a monastery located not far from Jerusalem. And after the monastery, he retired for five years in a cave located in the mountains.

All the years next to Savva was the Monk Euthymius, who instructed him, helped him find answers to difficult questions. When Euthymius died, Savva settled near his monastery. The disciples reached out to him, and after some time the Great Lavra appeared here. Having received a blessing from Christ, the monks built a church right in the rock.

Photo: akafistnik.ru

During his life, the Monk Savva the Sanctified created several monasteries. From the life we ​​know about the miracles that happened thanks to his prayers. One day, during a drought, it suddenly began to rain heavily, which became a salvation for people.

And in the Lavra, a spring with the purest water suddenly appeared. The reverend wrote the Jerusalem Charter of Church Services, which is still used in Orthodox churches.

Saint Savva lived to almost 90 years of age. Until his last days, he helped people who came to him from everywhere. He spoke the right words to everyone, instructed how to live on.

Folk calendar: Savvin’s day

In the old days, Savvin’s day was called differently. Someone – Savva, and someone Savva with lard. There was a funny saying about this: “Sava ate lard, dried himself, locked himself, said: “I didn’t see it.”

Despite the fact that the proverb refers to bacon, nothing like this could have been on the tables on December 18 (December 15, according to the old style). AT Christmas post it was supposed (and still is) to eat only lenten dishes. Eggs, meat and dairy products are excluded from the diet.

Our ancestors believed that Savva continued the work begun by Varvara, Day of Remembrance which is celebrated the day before. The frost by this time was becoming even more severe, the ice on the reservoirs was stronger, and the roads were stronger. In the old days they said that it was Savva who “salted” the snow. Therefore, the national holiday has another name: “Omentum”.

Savvin’s day is considered a quiet family event, which is supposed to be spent together with children and close relatives. In the old days, after a joint dinner, people sat down at the table and started talking about life.

What can you do on Savvin’s day

Photo: pixabay.com

In the morning, our ancestors went to church to pray to the Monk Savva the Sanctified. He is asked for well-being in the family. Saint Sava helps childless couples to have children.

Savvin’s day is considered favorable for matchmaking. Marriages, which began at this time, are considered one of the strongest. In the old days, on December 5, various rituals were performed that helped to maintain peace in the family. And at night they always put a coin under the pillow. Our ancestors believed that after that money would flow into the house like a river, and the family would forget about financial problems.

What not to do on Savvin’s day

It has long been forbidden to work on Savvin’s day. This was especially true for men. Any business they start at this time will not produce any results. And fatigue and a feeling of emptiness will not leave for a long time. On Savvin’s Day prohibited:

  • Use foul language, especially if there was a trip ahead. No matter where, what matters is the result. And he did not promise anything good foul language.
  • Gossip, spread absurd rumors. This can lead to severe illness.
  • Without much need to leave the house, especially after dinner. You can fall under the influence of dark forces, which, like on Barbara’s day, roam the street in search of a victim.
  • Go to visit strangers and invite strangers to your place. In a strange house, you can catch the problems that haunt its owners. Other people’s troubles can be overgrown by inviting strangers to your house.

On Savvin’s Day, the elders warned pregnant women not to wash their hair. This may affect the child’s memory. It will be bad, and the kid will have to learn science with difficulty.

Savvin’s day: folk omens

Photo: Ekaterina Ivanova. UG.RU

Savvin’s day can tell a lot about the weather, you just need to learn to notice what is happening around. For example, if a strong wind is blowing, it means that it will snow soon. If the clouds float in stripes, warming should be expected. If the bullfinches suddenly began to sing – this is a blizzard. Well, if the dogs are rolling in the snow and sleeping a lot, the snowfalls will be incredibly heavy.

On Savvin, the name day is celebrated by: Zakhar, Ilya, Gennady, Sergey. People born on December 18 are incredibly hardworking. Everything they undertake, they manage to complete. Living with such people and being friends with them is a great success.

Earlier, the network publication Uchitelskaya Gazeta talked about why in Habakkuk Day mothers did not take their eyes off the children, as well as the traditions of the national holiday Katherine’s day. Special section UG.RU “People’s Calendar” dedicated to ancient Russian customs.