By John the Warrior asked for intercession and consolation
This day is celebrated folk festival Silvanus, and Power. Also on 12 August, the Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Holy apostles of the seventy of Silvanus and Strength (Silos) and St. John the Warrior.
Silvanus, and Power: the key prohibitions of the holiday
Our ancestors this day paid special attention to rye. So the people said: “the Strength and siluana rye is drunk”; “Sow the rye on the Force — born badly”; “the Power of bread Silit”.
The Slavs believed the Holy Power will throw on animals, plants and people on an unprecedented scale as it takes a lot of strength to Mature and rye to have time to collect and winter sow. Traditionally on this day the Holy Power invested in herbs and roots, especially burdock, magical healing properties. However, to collect Krapiva is strictly prohibited, because of Silwan and the Power it becomes so burning that can burn the skin.
In addition, in Russia, to the Holy Apostle the Power attributed to the truly heroic strength, identifying him with the Slavic pagan God Selebogo, who was a patron of mighty strength, agility and endurance.
It was believed that on the exhibit and power of the witches drink the milk and die. Evil spirits were attributed to the ability to milk the cows to death. It is therefore not recommended in this day to take his cattle in the field.
But if after the meal the witch is asleep, it is impossible to Wake up — then the faithful peasants burned her heels with straw, to all her strength went into the earth. Knowledgeable people have said that after this ceremony, the witch will never touch the cows.
At the same time, in St. John the Warrior asked for intercession and consolation all offended and grieved, and in Russia it was decided to pray to this Saint and the return of stolen goods.
People believed that if this day robbed people will say a prayer to John, the thieves find themselves. If the offender did not want to confess, proceeded to the serpent. Someone pointed out a wizard or witch — he had to swear to the innocence of the name of Ivan the Warrior. The Orthodox were convinced that if a man will lie to a Saint he will punish.