Tomorrow, December 8, is the day of remembrance of St. Patapius in the Orthodox calendar. Venerable Patapius was a famous saint who lived in the seventh century. He was born in Thebes into a pious Christian family and from an early age aspired to the spiritual life. When he came of age, he went to the Egyptian desert, where he spent many years in prayer and asceticism. He was endowed with the gift of miracles and healed the sick. However, when people found out about him, he decided to leave the desert and move to Constantinople in order to escape fame and maintain obedience. There he lived in a cell built into the city wall, not far from the Blachernae Church. He continued to help people who came to him for advice and healing. He died in the middle of the seventh century and was buried in the church of St. John the Baptist. His life was described by St. Andrew of Crete, who was his contemporary and friend.

The church holiday of December 8 is the day of remembrance of the martyr Anfisa of Rome

The Holy Martyr Anfisa of Rome was a Christian who lived in the fifth century. She was born into a wealthy family and married a wealthy Roman senator. She was a disciple of St. Ambrose of Mediolanum, who taught her the Orthodox faith. At that time, the Arian heresy was spreading in Rome, denying the divinity of Jesus Christ. Anfisa did not accept this heresy and remained faithful to Christ's church. For this, she was betrayed by her husband, who was an Arian, and handed over to the authorities. She was subjected to cruel tortures, her body was burned with fire, but she did not betray her faith. She died of wounds received during the torture and was buried by Christians.

Signs of December 8

Folk omens on December 8 / Photo: Pexels

What you can't do tomorrow

It is forbidden to leave any unfinished business on Anfisa, because next year everything will fall out of hand. Also, you can't borrow money. At the same time, try not to be greedy for those around you. Clutter in the house is prohibited, be sure to clean up.

What you can do tomorrow

Our ancestors began to do needlework from this date. It was believed that each girl should make a dowry for herself with her own hands. They usually did it alone. But Anfisa spent the evening with her family.