The Feast to the All-Merciful Saviour and the MostHoly Mother of God
Commemorated on August 1
The Feast to the
All-Merciful Saviour and the MostHoly Mother of God was established on the
occasion of portents from icons of the Saviour, the MostHoly Mother of God and
the Venerable Cross during the time of a battle of holy Prince Andrei
Bogoliubsky (1157-1174) with the Volga Bulgars in 1164.
This is the first of three feastdays of the All-Merciful Saviour, celebrated in August. The second – is the Transfiguration (Preobrazhenie, Metamorphosis) of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Comm. 6 August). The third – is the Transfer from Edessa to Constantinople of the Not-Wrought-by-Hand Image of the Lord Jesus Christ (Comm. 16 August, during the Afterfeast of the Dormition of the MostHoly Mother of God). These three feasts, as it were, connect together the Dormition-Uspenie Fast.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.