How to choose the church names of boys for the Holy Gifts
Before the Revolution of 1917 in Russia it was customary to call newborn children by the name that is indicated on the day of their birth in a special church book - Svyattsy. The priests are published by the Orthodox Church and are a list of names of saints, canonized for the entire history of the church. The final edition of the Saints does not exist, but only the names of the canonized saints can be included in this book. Nowadays, the Saints can be purchased in the church, they can also be found on many sites on the Internet.
What are the Chapters
The names of boys on the Svyattsam are selected by daybirth of a child. For each day there is usually one or (more often) several church names. As a rule, these are names that have become firmly rooted in Russian everyday life. At one time, through the church, many names of Greek origin, such as Alexander, Andrey, Makar, Hilarion, entered the society. Perhaps, at certain times they even formed the bulk of the names, along with "biblical" names of Jewish origin (Isaiah, Daniel, Mary, David, Moses, Solomon, etc.). Thanks to the same church traditions, the names of Roman (Latin) descent, such as Adrian, Vitaliy, Valeriy, Concordia, Matrona, Julius and others, entered the Russian language. In the Svyattsy you can find the church names of boys of primordial Slavonic origin. These are names with two roots (ending with "Slav"): Yaroslav, Vyacheslav, Stanislav. In addition, such names as Vsevolod, Bogdan, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Vladimir are also ancient Slavic names. In a word, the Saints offer a wide enough choice of names for your baby.
If on this date very rare names have fallen out
But what if the church names of the boys,written in the Sweethearts for your child's birthday, you do not like at all? For example, the baby was born on April 7, and the three proposed names - Gabriel, Jacob, Ivan, and you want to give your child a more modern name. Well, according to the church tradition, you can also use the names of the boys, according to the church calendar, on the 8th and 40th day of the baby's birthday. Those. in our example, more names are added: Makar (April 14) and Arseniy and Pimen (May 21). According to ecclesiastical laws, on the 8th day the title of the name is committed, and on the 40th child is baptized, which is why these days are chosen as alternative.
At baptism a person gets a new name
However, many people in the modern Russiansociety at one time received no church names. Boys were often called by names, which are not in the Saints, such as Velizar, Robert, Andron, Stanislav, Anton (in the church books there is no name, there is only Antonius). If these people were not baptized as children and they want to be baptized, the Orthodox priest will pick up a name for them, which is similar in meaning, sounding or close to the date of birth of a person. So, Yuri, most likely, will be given the name George (from which the name Yuri came); Anton, probably, will be called Antony. A new name given at baptism can be used when visiting the church in confession and in communion, the church name is also indicated in the notes on health and repose.
An ancient tradition
The church names of the boys testify to theircelestial defenders, guardian angels. It is believed that the saint, whose name his child was entitled to give birth at birth, will accompany and protect this child throughout his life. Therefore, perhaps it is not just a tribute to fashion, but a long tradition, having ancient roots and deep significance.