Podcast in English
Text size
Bulgarian National Radio © 2024 All Rights Reserved

The Protection of the Theotokos - a great feast for Orthodox Christians 

2
Photo: Facebook/Donna Hamamdjiev

The Orthodox Church honors today the church feast of Pokrov Bogorodichen. The feast is both named The Protection of the Theotokos, or The Intercession of the Theotokos as in most Slavic languages, the word "Pokrov" means both "covering" and "protection". 

The feast originated to honor the apparition of the Mother of God in Constantinople in the first half of the tenth century. In the church of  Blachernae, near the city gates during a night vigil, St. Andrew and several others saw the Virgin Mary accompanied by St. John the Baptist, St. John the Theologian and other apostles and angels. She walked to the center of the temple, knelt down and remained in prayer for a long time with her face wet with tears. Then she took off her veil (pokrov) and spread it over the people as a sign of protection. At that time, in 910, the inhabitants of the city were threatened by a barbarian invasion, but after the apparition of the Virgin Mary the danger passed and the city was saved from bloodshed and suffering. 

In gratitude for the protection of the Mother of God, the Church designated this day as an important Christian feast. It is celebrated only in Slavic countries - probably because St. Andrew, who received a vision of the sanctity of this apparition, was a Slav by origin. 

Many Orthodox churches and monasteries in Bulgaria bear the name of The Protection of the Theotokos.

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

Gallery

More from category

Google search engine adorns Bulgarian flag 

Technology giant Google is once again congratulating Bulgaria on its National Day. The search engine's homepage features the Bulgarian flag.  Bulgaria is celebrating 146 years since its liberation from Ottoman rule. On 3 March 1878, the Treaty of..

published on 3/3/24 11:06 AM

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken extends congratulations on Bulgaria's National Day

In a statement published on the State Department website, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken congratulated our country on its National Day. "On behalf of the United States of America, please accept my best wishes to the people of Bulgaria on the..

published on 3/3/24 10:48 AM
Росен Желязков

 Kazanlak kicks off National Day celebrations

"March 3 is the day of Bulgaria's liberation, when the country regained its national sovereignty and proudly stood on the map of Europe as a country equal to other European nations. Bow down to our heroes and long live Bulgaria! - said the President of..

published on 3/3/24 9:38 AM