Saint Trifun – protector of winegrowers and Saint Valentine – protector of lovers

Saint Tryphon was born in the third century, in the village of Campsadi in Phrygia. As a child, he lived in a very poor but pious family. Legend has it that even then he had the gift from God to heal sick people and animals, but also to cast out evil spirits. Saint Trifun is today considered the patron saint of winegrowers.

At the time it was Trifun lived, ruled Roman emperor Gordian III, who had a daughter with a mental illness. When the doctors tried to help her, an evil spirit spoke from her, who said that no one could drive him away except Trifun. Then the king ordered that he be brought to his court every Tryphon of the kingdom.

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When the last Trifun, today’s saint, finally arrived, he healed Gordian’s daughter and drove the evil spirit out of her. The emperor gave it to him many gifts, but the humble Trifun is distributed it all to the poor and continued to keep geese and pray to God.

When he came to power Decije Trajan, Saint Tryphon was thrown into torture because he did not want to renounce Christ. The soldiers tied him to a horse and dragged him barefoot over thorns and stones. After Trifun endured all torture, the king ordered him to be cut down with a sword. Life is over at only 18 years old. He was buried in the year 250 in his native village.


Saint Trifun – patron saint of winegrowers

Because of his perseverance and perseverance in defending the faith, Saint Tryphon was chosen as the patron saint of winegrowers, because their work is identified with Trifun’s torments. The Serbian Orthodox Church is marking this day February 14th. On that day, before the sun rises, the vinedressers go to their vineyards and prune two or three vines which they water with old wine. It is believed that the vineyards will regain their strength after a long winter and wake up in the spring.

Sometimes in the vineyards prepare lunch too to which casual passers-by refer. Also, there is a belief that Saint Tryphon protects villages from hail and floods, and that he is the guardian of crops other than vineyards.

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The cult of St. Tryphon dates from V veka. Today, St. Tryphon is revered primarily in Orthodox regions, and some families celebrate him as well baptismal glory. The glory of Saint Trifun was renewed by winegrowers and fruit growers about ten years ago, and now it is mostly celebrated in the wine-growing regions of Vojvodina, Šumadija and Pomoravlje.

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Also, it is believed that Saint Trifun stabbed the ground in the ground on February 14, and from that day the snow began to melt, and spring began. According to some of the many beliefs, it is believed that if it rains on St. Tryphon, it will bear plums, if it snows, the year will be rainy and fertile, and if it is clear, the year will be dry. The snow announces a fruitful year, so in that case it was said “Bury Tripo, fall asleep Simo”.

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Valentine’s Day – the patron saint of couples in love

While the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates St. Tryphon’s Day on February 14, Catholic believers celebrate Valentine’s Day ili Valentine’s Day. The great martyr Valentine was bishop in the Italian city of Interamni, where he became famous as healer of the brothers of the Roman tribunes, Frontana and Hermione, and so many converted to the Christian faith.

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When he is emperor Claudius II concluded that unmarried men are better soldiers than those who have wives and families, he forbade marriage to young men who were his potential soldiers.

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Valentin considered this decision unfair, and continued to secretly marry young couples, which is why i executed on February 14, 269 AD. Since then he is considered protector of couples in love.

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By the way, Valentine’s Day has a long tradition of celebration, even when the ancient Romans celebrated the god Faun, the protector of shepherds. Couples in love would then splash the blood of the scapegoatto get a blessing for happy and rich love.

For those who do not have vineyards on this day, we recommend that you enjoy one good glass of wine, and since we would not separate love and wine, celebrate both holidays!


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