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Epiphany in Russia 2014…

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Crazy Russians…

Moscow is getting geared up for the Orthodox holiday of Epiphany celebrated on January 19, 2014. There will be set up some 70+ areas in the city for the people who want to scrub away their sins by bathing in icy cold water…

Epiphany commemorates the time of the happening of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan…

Last year over 350,000 Muscovite’s took part in the traditional yearly ritual…

Russia: That Is Cold!– Epiphany

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

Want to see some good pictures. It is the same site that I got the one image above. I am telling you that people are nuts and jumping in icy water, blessed or not, is crazy… (Link Below)

Submerging into holy water: Russian Orthodox Baptism of Christ

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  2. admin Post author | January 19, 2013

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    MOSCOW, January 19 (RIA Novosti) – Almost 47,000 people in Moscow bathed in icy cold water on Epiphany on early Saturday as air temperature in the Russian capital stood at minus 13 degrees Celsius (+ 8.6 Fahrenheit), Moscow emergency situations department said.

    Epiphany, also known as Theophany, is one of the Great Feasts, marking the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River and the beginning of his ministry, and the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates it on January 19 in line with the Julian calendar.

    Honoring an old Russian tradition, cross-shaped holes are cut in ice over lakes and rivers and celebrators plunge into the water – typically three times, in honor of the Holy Trinity – around midnight, often after an attending priest says a prayer.

    “As of 2:00 a.m. Moscow time [22:00 GMT Friday] some 46,700 people participated in Epiphany bathing in fonts of the capital. There were no incidents reported at the places of bathing,” a spokesman for the department said.

    More than 50 Epiphany bathing sites have been set up across Moscow where waters were blessed by Orthodox priests during the night, with 260 rescuers monitoring the safety of swimming.

    The feast’s peculiar feature is the rite of the Great Blessing of Water, performed in Russian churches twice – on January 18, on the eve of the feast, and on Epiphany proper, after Divine Liturgy.

    Holy water is then given to believers, who store it for long periods and use it to cure illnesses and bless themselves or things and premises around them. Some people think any water – even from the taps on the kitchen sink – poured or bottled on Epiphany becomes holy.

  3. Zhann January 22, 2014

    They’re all crazy. I have friends that do this every year. Funny thing, they aren’t even religious (well, not really). Its more an act of manliness to them than anything religious. While my friends are likely in the minority here, I’m sure there are plenty more.

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