On Friday, during the White Week (the week after the Resurrection), the Orthodox Church celebrates the Spring of Healing, a great feast which goes back to the second half of the first Christian millennium.
A short time before becoming emperor, Leon the Great was walking in a forest near Constantinoples. At a moment he met a blind beggar who asked him for some water. Leon looked for water in the thicket, but he did not find any. While he was returning, he heard the voice of the Holy Virgin Mary who told him: “Don’t take so much trouble for the water is nearby.” Leon got into the thicket, took some muddy water in his hands and gave it to the blind man, then sprinkled some on the latter’s eyes and –miracle: the blind man could see again!
After he had become emperor Leon had a church built near that spring which got the patron of healing.
In all the churches and monasteries, after the Mass, the water is sanctified in a ceremony proper for the White Weeek. Many people gather to take this water which is considered to have healing properties.
Irina and pupils from School 92, Bucharest