Today, August 19, Orthodox and Greek-Catholics celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord, popularly named as Savior of the Apple Feast Day.

This holiday was established by Church around the IV century in honor of the event, which occurred in the last year f the earthly life of the Son of God. As mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and Mark, shortly before his sufferings on the Cross, Christ showed his disciples Peter, James and John the miracle of the Transfiguration. Climbing up with them on the nearby Mount Tabor near Nazareth, he was transfigured before them: the face of the Savior shone like the sun, clothes became white as light. Then the Old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah came to Christ, talking with him about his atonement for the sins of men. The voice of God the Father was heard from a cloud of light above them, calling Jesus his beloved Son.

Festive liturgies are ministered on this day in churches. The fruits of the new harvest are sanctified. Traditionally, grapes, honey and apples are placed in baskets. It was not allowed to eat apples and dishes from them before the Savior of the Apple Feast Day.

According to national signs, Savior of the Apple Feast Day means approach of autumn and the transformation of nature. It is believed that nights after August 19 become much colder. 


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