Name days are
Throughout the world, people celebrate birthdays, congratulate each other on Angel Day. This article details why the namesakes are called exactly the way the celebration of this personal celebration took place, as well as the small calendar of the name-day. So, what is it?
Name days are the day of the Saint or patron, in honor of which the person was named.
Born without a name
According to the Christian laws, the name day is the day of your Guardian Angel. Here it is worth considering that birthday and birthday can be on different days. What is the reason for this? Modern parents do not always strictly follow the Orthodox calendar, and call their children not by the name of Saint, who was born on this day, but by any other name.
To somehow baptize the child with that name of the Holy One, on the day of which he was born, the Orthodox Church suggests giving a second name at the time of the child's baptism.
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Why do parents abandon the Orthodox name? Unfortunately, the fashion for names, like in principle fashion, has changed from generation to generation. The church has been around for 2000 years, so most names are no longer used nowadays. But modern parents also have strange tastes for names. For example, in one of the country's registry offices, employees registered newborns with names such as Count, Kit, Lord, Peace.
Most unlucky boys, because their name in adult life will be the patronymic of their children. Psychologists say that such strange names can play a cruel joke on the child's psyche, especially if the name is not completely associated with his character.
Times and Names
For example, on January 10, Orthodox people celebrate people with names such as Glikeria, Gorgoniy, Dorofei, Zeno, Ignatius, Indis, Mardonius, Efim, Mygdoniy, Nicostratus, Peter, Nikanor, Simon, Second, Theophilus. But the name-day women's on this day at Antonia, Vavila, Theophilus, Domna and Agafia. All these names are Old Slavonic, and at present they can either not be used at all, or be changed to a Western European style. But in the Orthodox calendar, you can find dates that coincide with modern names. For example, the name-day of the girls on February 23 is marked by Anna, Galina and Valentina. The names of the boys are also interesting. Name days (men's) on the day of the Fatherland Defender are celebrated by Anton, Arkady, Vasily and Ivan.
Baptism and Name
It turns out that according to the rules of the Treasurer (Ch. 2) the name for the child should be chosen on the eighth day after the birthday, but in Russia this tradition did not take root, and basically the name is chosen by the date of birth. There is also a tradition to be named on the day of the child's baptism, since in ancient times the eighth day from birth and the day of baptism, as a rule, coincided.
Now, as is known, the sacrament of baptism is preceded by the registration of a newborn in the registry office. It happens that the name given to the child is absent in the Orthodox calendar. In this case, the clergyman rewrites the name, and its meaning does not change. For example, Egor in Slavonic George, Polina - Appolinaria, and Denis - Deonisius. If there are no coincidences with the Orthodox calendar and the name can not be chosen, parents are given the right to name the name themselves. During baptism, communion and confession are usually held, and after these rituals a second name is given to a person.
Different traditions of name-day
The calendar of the name day is a calendar that is familiar to us with the dates and names of the Saints born on this day. You can meet on the contrary, a list of names and dates in the year that apply to them. For example, the Catholic calendar of the name-day is built exactly in such a way that both Orthodox and those names of Saints, who are revered in both religions, are marked with a special sign.
But the Hebrew names differ in that a person is always given two names. The first for religious rituals, it is also used in the synagogue. The second name is given in honor of the mother. Jewish historians include those who originate in Hebrew and Yiddish. But they also include many Greek adverbs.
In the Muslim faith, when a child is criticized, much attention is paid to the meaning of the name. It is believed that names with a righteous meaning will give a good and clean life to a person. It is also important that the Muslim family belong to this or that current of this religion, many of them exclude certain names. For example, Shiites can not meet such naming as Usman and Abu Bakr.
The name of St. according to the Christian doctrine obliges a person to be like his life, to do good deeds and feats. Therefore, in order for parents to understand what name to choose in the Orthodox calendar and on what path to send their child, it is worthwhile to study the life of holy people. If the naming is passed on from generation to generation, this indicates that the ancestors honor this Saint, and it contains a commitment before the genus.
Name days are one of the important parts of a person's life, and if the parents decide not to give a name on the Orthodox calendar, a person can always come to church himself and ask for a second naming. This is baptism, a procedure that takes place once in a lifetime. Earlier the child was given a second name at the baptism. It could be secret: only parents and godparents could know about it. At the present time, the church treats this less strictly. Parents are allowed to give a name without adhering to the Orthodox calendar.
Connection of name and person
The censure of the church name is directly connected with the sacrament of baptism. In the Orthodox world it is believed that during this rite a person dies for sinful life. During the baptism, the priest drives the dark forces away from man and invokes the powers of light. During prayer, a person is named by the name with which he will go to heaven, and it is under that name that he will be recognized there.
It is believed that the name is directly related to the energy of man. When you pronounce the name of a person in our minds, an image appears that can be good or not.Thus, the signal to the person about whom we are thinking energetically comes. So in Christianity in particular it is said that the name given to a man in honor of the Holy One helps him cope with the bad energy sent by other people.
We can say that the name-day is not a celebration, but the veneration of the Angel, who helps you from the very baptism. Therefore, there is a difference between the celebration of the birthday and the name day (if they are on different days). First of all, believers go to the church to confess and receive communion. Of course, you can lay a table for loved ones and relatives, but not a noisy feast, as it is customary on your birthday, but a tranquil chat for peace of mind. If the celebration falls on Lent, then the name day is transferred to the nearest Saturday or Sunday.
Many believers say that the name given to a child at birth determines its fate, so it is advised to always adhere to the Orthodox calendar of names. If you name a child by the name of a person who left a bad mark in history or was executed that day, then such a negative energy connection can last throughout life. While the naming given in honor of the Holy One will give the person the Guardian Angel, who will help him in times of adversity.