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Vlasiy Sevastiyskiy

Picture of Vlasiy Sevastiyskiy

Citizenship: Russia

Background

St. Blasius strengthened his flock, visited prisoners, supported martyrs. Many were hiding from persecution in desolate and solitary places. Vlasiy also had to retire to Mount Argeos, where he had worked in a cave. Wild animals are not afraid of the saint, and often came to him. Sick animals he healed, laying on their hand. Refuge in hiding was discovered by hunters who had come to the mountains to capture animals in circuses to incite them to Christian martyrs. Ruler field Agrikolay sent soldiers to seize rebellious, but they found only one bishop of Sebaste, praise God, calling on his feat. Along the way the saint healed the sick and old, performed miracles. Agrikolay, met Bishop flattering words, called him a friend of the gods. Holy returned the greeting, but the pagan gods called demons. Then he was severely beaten and was taken to prison. The next day the saint was tortured again, but again he adamantly professed faith in Christ. Agrikolay ordered to throw the martyr into the lake. Holy, going to the water, he made the sign of the cross and it went as by land. Turning to those standing on the bank of the pagans, the saint asked them to go to him, calling upon their gods. On this they risked 68 approximate the ruler, but went into the water and began to sink. The saint returned to shore. Agrikolay furious beheaded St. Blasius. Before his death, the saint prayed for the whole world, and especially those who will honor his memory after his death.

At the Russian people of St. Blasius was considered the protector of livestock, which is often in the name of this saint was called "originally Vlasievskim", especially cows - often simply called vlasievkami. In the old days in the name of St. Blaise, the patron saint of animals, arranged altars and chapels; in Novgorod there was a temple where the feast day of the saint brought home butter and put it before the image of the saint. As noted by witnesses, on the ancient icons of St.. Blasius depicted sitting on a horse, horse around it presented, and in the distance the green fields. In one of the ancient church in Novgorod on the icon of St. Blasius was represented sitting on a rock, surrounded by cattle; there is one of the city streets called Vlasevoyu.

In the "Legend of the Saints" St. Vlasiy appointed a special prayer from the bestial case. The peasants on the feast day of St. Blasius served litany, asking him to protect livestock. In some it was customary to round up the cows to the churches where they are sprinkled St. water, especially seen during diseases and mortality of livestock. In these cases, the owners, take care of the welfare of their livestock, have borne the image of St. Blasius on crib and sprinkled the whole livestock baptismal water, he fumigated with incense.

The veneration of St. Blasius as the patron saint of livestock arose on the basis of the ancient ritual of pagan god Veles (Volos), "bestial god", which was considered the second most important god in the pantheon of pagan. Replacing pagan deity St. Vlasov was so convenient that the life of this saint testified to his patronage of the animals. Moreover, in the Old Slavonic language names Whiter (Hair) and Blaise were identical and often interchangeable. For example, in the chronicles in 1229 referred to a certain Hair Bluzhninets killed in the Chamber. In the charter of St. Anthony the Roman XII century. It provides, among other things, the name of the hairs Blasius` on Volkhov Tudor wife and children Oder Hair ". In Mordovians, descendants of Rostov Mary, to the middle. XIX century. preserved the memory of the hair, which is embodied in the form of a large stone, and this view of the ancient hair is very reminiscent of the image on one ancient icon of St. Blasius sitting on a rock, and the range of his cattle. In some places, the feast of St. Vlasov did not always take place according to the instructions of the church calendars. Simple Little Russian people, who are deeply honored this saint, endured a day to his memory on February 11 at the Cheese Thursday, or Shrove week, finding Cheese week a decent time to celebrate the memory of St. patron of herds, because with the advent of Cheese Week starts especially consumption of cheese, butter, cream, milk - products delivered livestock.

St. Blasius venerated protector of livestock from the evil entity called Cow`s death.