"Rejoice that you are sick!"

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Church way of influencing disease pursued the main aim: to appease the wrath of God, and to avert the tricks of Satan and his hosts.
Remedies of the Church pharmacies in diversity: the prayer Yes post, the post Yes, prayer, Holy water purification. "Whatever you ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" - promises to his followers the Bible.
Church venerated the Holy whole situation churches - the Church altar, bells, candles, prayer books, crosses, vestments of the clergy. But special honor and therapeutic reputation enjoyed everything that had to do with the Christian cult of the saints and especially to all the actors mentioned in the Gospels.
Do you know how many saints has the Catholic Church? About five thousand! However, if an attentive and knowledgeable historian will view a list of their names, surprised to find that it's pretty clean to expel therefrom explicit impostors. For example, the saints Perpetua and Felicitate, because it's not the names of even and words of welcome, which the Romans exchanged on the occasion of the New year. They told each other: "Perpetuum felicitarile", which meant "permanent happiness to you".
And the Holy Almanac, as you may guess, is simply the title of the book. The same transformation befell the Roman formula "Roger and donor" - "ask and give". Had saints of Romanian and Donaciana. The expression "aura Placidus" was translated as "light air", the translation of this was forgotten, but there was Christian Holy Aura and Placidus.
In Russia the Orthodox Church venerated over two hundred saints. Their ranks were ranked 46 princes, princesses, their children, 162 representative of the higher clergy. Women of the Church have never liked in the Bible, it is the woman who pushed the first man Adam, to the knowledge of good and evil), therefore, the number of Orthodox saints them only ten, Martyr does not count. And the saints of untitled, the working people and less.
The worship of the biblical prophets, saints, Christ and the virgin Mary - and they all belonged to the asset Church medicine - developed for many years, was the result of the activity of theologians of different epochs. Here, for example, information from religious biographies of the virgin Mary, mother of Christ, a cult which in Catholicism hardly probable not the most common.
Epiphanius of Cyprus, the preacher of the Christian doctrine of the initial period, in the IV century reasoned that in the Holy Scripture there are no messages about the death of the virgin Mary, nor the place of her burial. The biblical books kept silent about it, explained the theologian, on the extreme miracle, so as not to lead to the astonishment of the human mind. "I don't dare to talk, " he confessed, " but, thinking about it, keep silent".
Passed century, and the picture has changed. Revealed... two whole tomb of the virgin Mary. In documents of Church Cathedral 415, it was necessary that Mary was considered dead in Ephesus, and there was her grave to fight for the honor. Patients, especially women, came to her with all kinds of ailments.
The same tomb of the virgin Mary was present in Jerusalem. So, one body of the mother of God was simultaneously in two places? In any case, the Empress Pulcheria asked the Bishop of Jerusalem Patriarch Juvenal to give her the body of Mary, at least temporarily, to get him to worship in Constantinople.
And if to trust Gregory of Tours, Church figure VI century, wonderful, supernaturally preserved the remains of the body of the mother of God was kept in the city of Auvergne.
It was another time, in Christianity strengthened the teaching that the mother of God ascended into heaven bodily, and it means, that the relics of her on the ground should not be. But something the Church was still seized. Hair and nails of the mother of God, her milk, such details of the toilet, as combs, headgear, bandages and bedspreads Mary, her shirt, vestments, buttons and the famous zone that the mother of God as if dropped in haste having ascended to heaven.