Traditions and customs of the Healing Spring. What you must do on this holiday

Traditions and customs of the Healing Spring. What you must do on this holiday.

Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of the Healing Spring on the Friday of Holy Week. It is

a great feast dedicated to the Mother of God and has no fixed date. On Holy Week Friday, water consecration services are held in all churches, Aghiasma Mică.

The holiday is reminiscent of a miracle that took place near Constantinople. According to tradition, the Mother of God revealed to the emperor Leo the Great (457-474), before his accession to the throne, a spring with healing water.

It is said that a blind man regained his sight after washing his face with spring water. He came to this spring guided by the future emperor of Byzantium, Leo I, to whom he had asked for water. Mother

The Lord urged him to lead the blind man to the spring that healed him. After becoming emperor, Leo I built a wall church on the site.

Traditions and customs of the Healing Spring

  • On the occasion of this important holiday, Christians go to church where the consecration of water, also known as the Little Aghiasma, takes place at the service.
  • Aghiasma Mică can be drunk throughout the year, whenever needed, especially in case of illness, to bring peace and well-being. Unlike Aghiasma Mare, which can only be drunk in the next 8 days after Epiphany,

    this holy water can be used at any time by the faithful.

  • In many parts of the country, the tradition of the youth covenant is preserved. Young people and teenagers took this oath in houses, gardens or even around a flowering tree, the symbol of spring.
  • In addition to the oath that was spoken aloud, there was also the woven coil, accompanied by a lighted candle and a clay bowl. Then the young people make a big meal with traditional dishes and go out to play.
  • After this juvenile vow, every year, those who took the oath in previous years met

    with those they now considered their relatives and spent together. The solemn vow they made makes them behave like blood relatives, being more than just friends.

  • They also sit down to eat and discuss the important issues they have encountered over the years.
  • Another legend from the elders specifies that the faithful must wash themselves with the dew gathered from the leaves and drink agheasma. Thus, they will be healed of their sufferings and will be protected from other diseases.
  • Also, in the past, on the occasion of this holy holiday, the wells were cleaned

    and they were sanctified. The elders said that the waters sanctified on the day of the Healing Spring would never dry up again.

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