Advice 1: How to celebrate the Trinity

Trinity – old Russian holiday, which harmoniously merged Orthodox traditions and the Slavic rites. It is celebrated on Sunday on the fiftieth day after Easter, so called Pentecost. On this day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Christ. The apostles spoke all known languages and baptized about 3,000 people, marking the birthday of the Christian Church.
Icon Of Andrei Rublev's "Holy Trinity"
The Cenacle, where the disciples of Christ and the virgin Mary, was decorated with branches of trees, grasses and flowers, symbolizing the renewal of the soul and the awakening of nature. The tradition of decorating with greenery houses and churches were transferred to the Russian people. The day of farewell to spring and summer meetings Slavs dedicated Lada – the goddess of spring. As birch, by this time dressed in elegant greens, it was treated with special reverence. Around birch staged the dances and sang songs. The girls were decorated with birch branches home and weaved them into wreaths. Wreaths were wondering. They were thrown into the water and watched: if the floats – will be happy, if you sink – it may be the death of a loved one, and moves one place will upset the wedding. In Trinity ran games, swung on the swing, lit bonfires and swimming in the river. It was customary to bring to Church mourned a tuft of grass. People believed that this ritual gives the earth rain and will protect it from the summer drought.
Orthodox churches on the day of the Trinity served the Liturgy and great Vespers. The day before the feast, the temple washed and clean. Priests for the celebration to dress in green, white or Golden clothes, signifying the life-giving power of the Holy spirit. Icons of the temple are decorated with birch branches, and the floor was covered with freshly cut grass. In Trinity to commemorate deceased relatives. The priests read prayers for the repose of the souls of all the departed, of the salvation of those whose souls are in hell. Prayers are recited to them kneeling, which means the end poslepechatnogo period that does not allow bows and krenopelopia.In addition to the resting place of the dead the prayers of the Church and the descent of the Holy spirit, the gift of grace to all present. The priests urged believers to worship the divine Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The second day after Trinity is called Spirit day. It begins with the morning prayer: the canons are sung, written by Cosmas and John Mayskim by Damascene.
Celebration of the Trinity, like any other holiday is not complete without a festive table. On Thursday, before Pentecost, the believers begin to prepare the eggs, milk, fresh herbs, poultry and fish. Eggs is considered a mandatory dish, because it symbolizes the hot sun. Popular baking – buns, pies, pancakes. Drink – kissel, wine, beer, Mead. On the day of the Trinity in the morning, go to Church, then having a meal and festivities in the forest, in a field near the river. Tablecloth for table should be green, like spring nature.

Advice 2 : How decorate Orthodox churches on the Trinity

Holy Trinity day is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. This is one of twelve main holidays of Orthodoxy. There is a pious tradition to decorate on this day, Orthodox churches with greenery.
How decorate Orthodox churches on the Trinity

Holy Trinity day (Holy Pentecost) is always especially revered by the Russian people. On this solemn day there are special festive divine services in all Orthodox churches. Read certain prayers in which the priest asks for God's divine grace to all believers.

On the day of the Holy Trinity in many Orthodox churches there is a special situation. There is a tradition to decorate the room with grass and various flowers, a beautiful green bushes and even small trees.

Stepping into an Orthodox Church decorated with the feast of the Holy Trinity, one can observe that the entire floor is covered with grass. This temple is a pleasant smell of cut grass.

Believers before Pentecost decorate the icons with flowers. In the window openings and put green bushes or small trees. Very often used birch as a symbol of Russian nature.

The altar is decorated with grass and trees. The Royal doors (the Central doors of the altar) and the side doors are decorated with birch trees.

There is a pious tradition, after the leave-taking of the feast of the Holy Trinity to gather the grass from the temple. The believers may be sanctified steamed the grass and use it for medicinal purposes.

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