1 . märts – Jevdokiapäev

Õigeusupüha, mis on olnud üsna vähetuntud isegi Setumaal. Usumärter Jevdokia märtrisurma (ajavahemikus u 160.-170) mälestuspäev.

Sagedamini seostatakse seda päeva lindude saabumisega, neile visatakse toitu.

March 1st

On this day the Orthodox Church commemorates the martyrdom of St. Eudokia Martyr of Heliopolis.

More often this day is associated with the arrival of birds, and food is put out for them.

Püha Jevdokia

Püha Jevdokia mälestuspäeva tähistatakse 1. märtsil. See Samaaria naine elas teise sajandi paiku Heliopolises. Imeilus naine rikastus armukeste abil.

Ühel päeval kuulis ta naabermajas peatuva munk Germanose jutlust viimsest kohtupäevast ja kutsus ta enda poole sellest lähemalt vestlema.

Jutuajamise lõpetuseks palus munk naisel nädal aega üksinduses palvetada, et ta saaks ilmutuse. Naine toimis nõuande järgi ja lasi end Germanosel ristida kohe pärast ilmutuse saamist.

Kolmekümneaastasena ehitas ta Baalbecki linna lähedale kloostri ja kulutas kogu oma varanduse heategevuseks. Klooster kujunes väga mõjukaks ja tõmbas ligi tuhandeid inimesi. Pidev edukas kristlusse pööramine ajas Süüria ametnikud vihale ja Jevdokia lasti hukata.

St. Eudokia Martyr of Heliopolis

Eudokia was a woman of Samaria who lived during the second century in Heliopolis. She was a pagan of immense beauty and became very wealthy by attracting wealthy lovers.

One evening, from her neighbors house, she heard a monk by the name of Germanos reading out loud from a book describing the Last Judgement of the world. The next day she invited Germanos to explain.

The monk spoke to her and told her to pray alone in her chamber for one week, for then she would then receive a vision. After seeing a vision of Archangel Michael she had Germanos baptize her.

At the age of thirty Eudokia’s first act was to build a monastery near the city of Baalbeck using her vast wealth for charity. In a short time her monastery became a beacon which attracted thousands of people. The continual conversion of so many pagans by St Eudokia brought down upon her the full wrath of the Syrian officials, who had her beheaded on March 1st 107 AD.