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Orthodox celebrate Epiphany

January 19 2007

Epiphany - one of the most important Christian holidays. He was installed as early as apostolic times. Preserved evidence relating to the II century, the celebration of Baptism and night vigils, who preceded him.

Without water life is impossible. Great importance attached to water-bathed in many religions, is no exception and Christianity.

The very word "baptize" ("baptized") means "to immerse in water" is translated from the Greek language. It is believed that during a baptism the soul of the believer cleansed of sins, as well as the body is cleansed of dirt.

According to tradition, Jesus came to be baptized by John, who performed the ceremony in the waters of the Jordan River. After that baptism was for the Christians much more than a simple rite of purification. Baptized, both men would become part of
God finds a new life full of faith.

The ancient name of Epiphany - Epiphany, which means "phenomenon." It was at the time of the baptism of Christ revealed himself to people as the Son of God. Here's how it is written about it in the Gospel: "And it was in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in Jordan. And when out of the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And a voice came from heaven: "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

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At the time of Christ was baptized only adults, and this was quite sound logic - a mature man deliberately places himself in the hands of God. In addition, at that time, Christians were persecuted by the authorities and people deliberately went to the risk, exposing life to danger.

At Christmas Eve, January 18, followed a strict fasting. As already mentioned, the holiday is preceded by all-night vigil, which are held in temples. In addition, a consecration of water. By tradition, also highlights the nearby lakes, rivers and ponds. Water illuminate homes, as well as drink. However, it is important to remember that if you forget about the sacred essence of the holiday, how many liters would be consecrated fluid you drink, you do not help.

Until now, preserved the tradition at Epiphany dip in the hole. But wanting to do so today too much.

Scientists have proved that the water of baptism on the eve of changing its physical properties, however, clearly explain this phenomenon remains elusive.

Also, people believe that if the baptism of clear, frosty weather, summer will be hot and productivity.

Camilla Vasilyeva

Васильева Камилла

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