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Placed: 20.08.2015 12:12:54

One of the biggest Orthodox holidays celebrated in Odessa. Picture story

The solemn liturgy and the consecration of fruits took place in all the Orthodox churches of Odessa on August 19. Picture story

All the Orthodox Christians celebrated one of the twelve biggest holidays of Orthodox Church - Transfiguration of Christ, more popularly known as Apple Spas, yesterday, on August 19.

On this day in all the churches of the city were held solemn liturgies and rites of consecration of fruits of the new harvest.


The holiday of the Transfiguration of the Christ belongs to the 12 largest Orthodox holidays. It was installed in honor of the appearance of the divine power of Savior to his disciples.
This is a traditional harvest festival - in churches consecrate the fruits: apples, pears and plums. The most popular are apples, so there is another one name of the holiday - Apple Spas. Christian Church took the custom of fruits consecration from the Old Testament, which is attributed to bringing the first fruits to the Temple of the Lord (the tradition of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot - the Feast of Booths).
For this day the apples were specially carried in carts and each wealthy man was giving fruits to the poor and sick. According to tradition, from this day, it was allowed to eat apples and fruits, which were consecrated in the temples at the end of the solemn liturgy.






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