Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pokrov Cathedral - RUSSIA

The last official of the day was kind of a riddle to me. The legend in the back gives no information about the location of this cathedral only saying "The Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of Holy Mother of God (Pokrov)", so I thought that it was built in a city named Pokrov with a piece of Virgin Mary shroud as a relic! But after some searching and reading I found out I was totally wrong - Prokov is the name of the Orthodox feast that celebrates the apparition of the Holy Virgin to St. Andrew the Blessed Fool-for-Christ on the 12th century. Thank you very much Olesya, I really learn something about your religion today. This postcard took 18 days to arrive!
"The Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of Holy Mother of God (Pokrov)" - RUSSIA
The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1. The feast is celebrated additionally on October 28 in the Greek tradition. It is also known as the feast of the Virgin Mary's Cerement. In most Slavic languages the word "cerement" has a dual meaning of "veil" and "protection." The Russian word Pokrov (Покров), like the Greek Skepi (Σκέπη), has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the name of the feast is sometimes translated as the Veil of Our Lady.

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