Theophanes, Fofan meaning of the name and the interpretation of the name. Theophanes - Epiphany (Greek).
Name days, patron saints. March 25 (12) - Rev. Theophanes the Confessor first served at the royal court, then became a monk in the Sigrian Desert, in Asia Minor; founded two monasteries here. He defended the veneration of holy icons, for which he suffered many torments from his enemies (IX century).
Superstitions, omens, customs. On Theophanes the fog is a harvest for flax and hemp, and in order for the omen to be fully realized, it is necessary to throw flax and hemp seed to the birds on this day.
Zodiac name - Aries. Planet - the sun. The color of the name is orange. Auspicious tree - Rowan. The cherished plant is a feather grass. The patron saint of the name - Lama - Kamen-mascot - krovavik.
Diminutive forms. Feofanka, Theophany, Fofa, Fan.
Middle name. Feofanovich, Feofanovna; talk Feofanych, Fofanych.
Name and character. Kindness and disinterestedness distinguishes Theophanes, and when people shamelessly use his kindness, he is very worried, gives himself a vow to become tougher, but he has nothing to do with himself.Feofan is a great owner, in his hands any work arises. He is sociable and hospitable, loves to travel with the whole family. This is a man of strong convictions - he stands firmly in defending them, as the funny proverb says: "Fofan in
rooted to the ground. "
Name in history and literature. Feofan Prokopovich (1681 - 1736) - the famous preacher and statesman. Educated at the Kiev-Mohyla Academy, at the end of the course went to Rome, where in order to join the then famous Jesuit College of St. Athanasius, he had to go to Catholicism. Having listened to the full course in this college, Feofan acquired enormous erudition in theological and philosophical writings, as well as in ancient classical literature and with his outstanding talents attracted the attention of the pope, but did not want to stay in Rome and in 1704 returned to Kiev. Here, again turning to Orthodoxy, he began to teach at the academy, first pith, then rhetoric, philosophy, and finally, theology, and in all these subjects he compiled guidelines, very remarkable for his time, clarity of presentation and the absence of scholastic methods.As a teacher of poetry and satisfying the custom that demanded writing dramatic performances for the school scene, Feofan wrote the “tragicomedy” Vladimir, in which, depicting the victory of Christianity over paganism and ridiculing the priests as proponents of superstition and ignorance, spoke as an ardent advocate of education and a supporter of what was already begun by Peter Great struggle with old Russian prejudices. Feofan also appeared in his sermons as an enthusiastic panegyrist of the sovereign's transformational endeavors, one of which, on the occasion of the Poltava victory in 1709, was translated into Latin by the author of Peter. In 1711, Feofan was summoned to the royal camp during the Turkish campaign, and on returning from there to St. Petersburg, Feofan Prokopovich argued the need for unlimited autocracy for Russia, and the preacher especially armed himself with “theologians” who believed that spiritual power was higher than secular. In 1719, Feofan Prokopovich became the Bishop of Pskov and from that time became the chief assistant of Peter the Great in the affairs of spiritual administration. Having passed through his hands, they were drafted or, at least, all the most important legislative acts on church affairs were drafted.In this state of affairs, the numerous enemies of Theophan were unable to harm him. After the death of Peter the Great, circumstances changed. The Old Church Party raised its head and directed its blows at Theophan. He had to endure a fierce and dangerous struggle, reflecting the accusations not so much of a theological as of a political nature. This struggle could end unfavorably for him if he could not skillfully take advantage of the circumstances of the accession to the throne of Empress Anna and become at the head of that party "middle rank of people" who destroyed the plans of the "supreme" by submitting to the sovereign a known petition about the restoration of autocracy. Thanks to his active participation in this event, Theophanes regained a strong position at court and in the Synod - and attacked his old enemies, with whom this time he led the controversy not so much in literature as in the dungeons of the secret office. The former ardent defender of reform, who acted in the name of the interests of enlightenment, in which he saw the only guarantee of the good of Russia, now, given the changed conditions of Russian life,although he tried to protect the results of the reforms from the encroachment of the reaction, in essence, his role as an official publicist preacher turned from a progressive leader to a strict conservative and became a panegyrist, justifying the existing order even in cases where he contradicted his own ideal. However, even in this difficult time for him Feofan still remained a man who highly valued and, if possible, defended science and enlightenment. In the name of the ideal of an enlightened person he exhibited and a strong state with his enlightenment, he in his works satirically depicted contemporary Russian life, and in this sense can be called the first Russian satirist, the first representative of the direction to which our best literary forces later joined. His influence on Cantemir, whose satires are often only the paraphrase of Theophan’s sermons, was extremely strong; there is also no doubt about his influence on Tatishchev, whose views on Russian history and modernity were developed, one might say, in Theophanes school.