Russia: Freezing faith as believers plunge for Epiphany

Despite the freezing temperatures, Orthodox believers in St. Petersburg celebrated the Epiphany by plunging into the Neva River’s icy waters on Friday. «It is a holiday that makes people wiser, kinder, better. I realize that this day all Orthodox believers always want to dip into the bodies of water, despite any frost,» said Vyacheslav Makarov, speaker of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly... Еще. St. Petersburg resident Svetlana added that «it doesn’t get cold. It feels like heat inside the body. The water is unusual today.» Participants submerged themselves under the water three times to honour the Holy Trinity. Epiphany marks the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox Church and is one of the oldest Christian holidays in Russia.

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