Joyous Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos!

A joyous Feast of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos to all! С праздником! Today Orthodox Christians on the Julian Calendar (most in the world) celebrate the Protection of the Virgin Mary, specifically when she interceded for and protected the Roman capital of Constantinople from a besieging pagan Slavic attack. Ironically, Pokrov (Покровъ), Σκέπη in Greek, is celebrated most ardently today among Slavic Orthodox Christians, especially Russians. This feast, on the first day of October (Julian calendar), celebrates the reality of Mary, the Mother of God (Theotokos) interceding for us before the throne of the Almighty. Greek and most Arab Orthodox use the Revised Julian calendar and celebrate on October 1 according to the civil calendar.

Russian icon of the Feast of Pokrov (Protection) of the Theotokos, 1 October.

Russian icon of the Feast of Pokrov (Protection) of the Theotokos, 1 October.

17th century Ukrainian icon of Pokrov (Pokrova in Ukrainian), Seredina.

17th century Ukrainian icon of Pokrov (Pokrova in Ukrainian), Seredina.

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