What can be done on December 3, and what is strictly forbidden by the Church – read in the TSN.ua article.
The Orthodox holiday of December 3 is the day of memory of St. Proclus
December 3 is celebrated the memory of Saint Proclus. What do we know about this day?
Proclus studied theology under John Chrysostom. The future saint received a deep knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, mastered the art of oratory. In addition, Proclus was a witness to the appearance of the apostle Paul to Saint John. Proclus became a bishop already after the death of his teacher. In this capacity, he fervently preached Christianity and exposed paganism and heresy. He was also known for his concern for the poor.
During the patriarchate of Proclus, a strong earthquake occurred, which destroyed many cities. The inhabitants of Constantinople, led by Proclus, went outside the city and begged God for mercy. During one of these prayers, a boy ascended to the sky by an unknown force, and then returned to the earth whole and unharmed. He said that he heard angels singing. When the people repeated the words of the prayer they had heard after the boy, the earthquake stopped.
Church calendar for December 3: video
- It snowed in the morning of December 3 – thaw is expected by noon.
- Sage crackling in the stove is a sign of frost.
- Feather clouds, floating one after another, are heralds of an approaching blizzard.
- If it rains on Prokliv day, it will also rain on the third day of summer.
What not to do on December 3
- If you have to go on a long journey, it is better to postpone the trip to another day.
- Try not to quarrel with each other.
What can believers do
“Put a curse on Proclus,” the people said. This had to be done so that evil forces did not come out from under the ground, where they were hiding from the frost, and did not cause harm.
The weather was monitored this day. It was believed that if it snows on December 3, then June 3 will also be rainy. Our ancestors noticed that the weather would hold on this day. If on Proclus, a blackbird sang, and a magpie hid under the roof, it foretold a quick blizzard.