Stefanov days - Holidays

Stefanov days - Holidays 

On December 27, honoring the memory of St. Stephen - one of the seven disciples of Jesus Christ, first archdeacon and first martyr of the Christian faith. This is the third day of Christmas, which celebrate all named Stephen, Stephen, Sarah, Stoyan, Stands, Stanka, Stoicho,Stand, Stoichko, Tsonyo, Zapryan, Tsonka. Statistics show that Stephen was among the most popular names in Bulgaria. In translation it means "crown", so to celebrate this day and Ventsislav Ventsislava. Tradition maintains that this holiday "closed circle" of the old year. The family gathers around a common table with meat dishes. Traditionally, the table must include pork with sauerkraut and meat pie. Stefan is one of the seven disciples of Jesus, chosen immediately after his resurrection, to take care of constantly growing Christian community in Palestine. Elect were called deacons, and Stephen was the first among them is arranged in the Jerusalem church, municipality, which includes people of all backgrounds and donated their property. St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr. The Jewish rulers immediately set people against the Archdeacon, as they were worried about the growing number of Christians. Jews slandered him that blasphemes against God and the law of Moses and the elders sentenced him to death. It was led out outside Jerusalem - in Yosafatovata Valley, where an angry mob throwing stones at him to death. Martyr and knelt before it perish, he turned to heaven: "Lord, do not respect this sin!"

 

His body was left to the beasts and birds. According to legend Mary watched his martyr's death and praying for him. In the V century, part of his relics were discovered in a vision that came to a priest, and placed in Zion Temple in Jerusalem.

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