The child at Baptism is given the name of a saint (or saint) who will intercede and pray for him before God. Therefore, it is very important that this name be present in the church calendar. But if it does not exist, the priest will choose a name that is consonant with the child's real name and which will fit the days of honoring the name of the patron saint. However, for those who are interested in the question, when the day of the angel of Irina in the church calendar, it should be noted that these days are few in a year. And all because the saints with this name were many, and they all performed a feat for the sake of Christ, not having regretted "his belly." And here is a description of several of them.
Name days of Irina
On February 8, the holy martyr Irina (Irina Lavrentyevna Gumenyuk) is worshiped. She was born in 1885. Before the war in 1940, she was sentenced to 8 years in prison. In 1942 she was accused of group work of the Monk Martyr Evdokia (Andrianova) and sentenced to be shot. On April 20 of the same year, the verdict was executed. She was ranked in the face of the Holy Confessors and New Martyrs of Russia in 2000 at the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church for general church veneration.
Irina's name day is celebrated on February 26, when she recalls the name of the Monk Martyr Irina Mihailovna Khvostova, who was born in 1882 in the village of Agintovo (Sergievsky district, Moscow Province). After school she became a nun of the Novodevichy Convent, which the Soviet government closed in 1922, but Irina lived in it until 1932, and then moved to the village of Nikulskoe (Sergiev Posad). In 1938, on January 31, Irina Mikhailovna was arrested for "anti-Soviet agitation" and sentenced to capital punishment through execution.
Day of the Angel of Irina
March 7 is the day of the holy martyr Irina Alekseevna Smirnova, who was born on April 16, 1891 in the village of Rameshki, Volokolamsky Uyezd (Moscow Province). She was an elder and a member of the church council in the village of Cherlenkovo (Volokolamsk district of the Moscow region). On February 16, 1938, she was arrested on charges of agitation against Soviet power. March 7 of the same year, she was shot.
29 April – the feast day of Saint Irene Aqualaska, which, together with the sisters Chionia and Agapia lived near the city of Aquileia (Northern Italy). In the year 304, when Emperor Diocletian's terrible persecution suffered by the Christians, the sisters were caught. Irina impaled through arrows, and the Agapia and Chionia burned alive at the stake.
The Great Martyrs
Day of the Angel of Irina Church celebrates May 18 - a day of memory of the Great Martyr Irina (Penelope) Macedonian. Her father was a pagan and built a palace for her, where she lived with her nanny and teacher Karya. Her mentor was the tutor Apelian, a secret Christian. She believed in Christ, and then she was christened by the Apostle Timothy. Irina began preaching Christianity throughout the district. In Mesambria, according to legend, she was executed, but she was resurrected soon. She was notified in advance that she was facing the death penalty in Ephesus. Then she, along with the teacher - the elder Apelian - and other Christians came to the funerary cave, which she entered and ordered to close the entrance with a large stone. After four days the stone was rolled away, but there was no one in the cave.
May 26 is also the day of the angel of Saint Irene of Constantinople, who was the wife of the confessor of St. George. During the iconoclastic heresy, he denounced the iconoclast emperor. For this he was punished, he was taken away all property and sent into exile far from his native places. But his wife Irina followed her husband. They died in the IX century.
The day of the angel of Irina is honored and on August 10, when the Orthodox remember the Reverend Irina Kappadakiy, who was famous for her strict ascetic way of life and her deeds for the glory of Christ.
August 22 is the day of memory of the blessed Byzantine empress Irina, who was born in Athens somewhere in the year 752. She was the wife of Emperor Leo IV Khazar. After her husband's death, she was the regent with her son Constantine VI, who was blinded, took power over the Byzantine Empire and became a sole woman. In October 802, the Empress Iryna was overthrown as a result of a conspiracy arranged by logofet Nikifor, who holds the post of financial manager of the empire. After she was sent to the Princes' Islands of the Sea of Marmara, where she once founded the monastery, and then was taken to the island of Lesbos in custody. On August 9, 803, she passed away, her body was transported to the monastery built by her on the Principality Island. And then her body was reburied in Constantinople in the church of the Holy Apostles. At the Second Council of Nicaea, the Orthodox Church canonized it for the restoration of icon-worship.
The day of the angel Irina will fall several times a year, in these days women with the name of the patron saint of Irina should come to the church to pray to her, ask her for protection, help and be sure to take communion. And if this is done sincerely and with great respect, help will be sure.