14 August 2011, Sunday, 12:20
author: Eugene Rakhimkulov
The Orthodox Christians are celebrating the Day of God’s Vivifying Cross, often called the Honey Savior, today.
This holiday had been born in Constantinople in the IX century and in the XII-XIII centuries became firmly established in all Christian churches of the world. Russian clergy traditionally consecrates water this day and the bee-keepers start honey gathering also today, so that’s why the holiday is called the Honey Savior or the Savior on Water.
In Russia the holiday was established by Andre Bogolybsky (God-loving) in 1164 in commemoration of the victory over Volga Bulgarians. This holiday was often related to the christening of Russia, which in reality had happened on August 1 and not on August 14.