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Epiphany, 19 January 2008-2009-2010

Epiphany (Greek for "appearance" or "revelation"), is a Christian feast day
which celebrates the "shining forth" or revelation of God in human form
in the person of Jesus Christ.

Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River,
his manifestation as the Son of God to the world. It is also called Theophany
("manifestation of God").

The Orthodox Churches perform the Great Blessing of Waters on Theophany.
The blessing is normally done twice: once on the Eve of the Feast—usually at a
font inside the church—and then again on the day of the feast, outdoors at a
body of water.

Following the Divine Liturgy, the clergy and people go in a Crucession
(procession with the cross) to the nearest body of water. At the end
of the ceremony the priest will bless the waters. In Russia, where
the winters are severe, a hole will be cut into the ice so that the waters
may be blessed. In such conditions, the cross is held by the priest and
dipped three times into the water.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Great Blessing of Waters actually
changes the nature of the water, and that water so blessed is no longer
corruptible, but remains fresh for many years.

Also, many Orthodox Christians participate in the annual Orthodox tradition of
plunging through ice holes and bathing in icy waters to cleanse themselves on Epiphany.

This is my first full report on the event
of the Epiphany celebration in Volgograd.
The ritual of Blessing of Waters was performed by
His Eminence German, the Metropolitan of Volgograd and Kamyshin.

The gallery is in progress.
New images are added at the top of the page.
Epiphany 2010
Epiphany 2010
Stirring the Epiphany Tea
Stirring the Epiphany Tea
Who Wants Hot Tea
Who Wants Hot Tea
One Moment Before the Full Plunge
One Moment Before the Full Plunge
The Crucession Moving Towards the Volga Embankment
The Crucession Moving Towards the Volga Embankment
Gymnastics After a Cold Plunge
Gymnastics After a Cold Plunge
Walking On Snow in Summer Swimming Suits
Walking On Snow in Summer Swimming Suits
Revelation
Revelation
Dressed Up for Epiphany
Dressed Up for Epiphany
Feels Like a Newborn
Feels Like a Newborn
Incredible! I Will Take a Plunge Now!
Incredible! I Will Take a Plunge Now!
The Church Cupola and the Jesus Banner under the Vault of Heaven
The Church Cupola and the Jesus Banner under the Vault of Heaven
The Bride Crossing Herself After the Wedding Ceremony, the Young Churchmen Watching
The Bride Crossing Herself After the Wedding Ceremony, the Young Churchmen Watching
Girls in the Belfry, with Funny Hats
Girls in the Belfry, with Funny Hats
19 January - Orthodox Epiphany in Russia
19 January - Orthodox Epiphany in Russia
Yours Truly, Epiphany Reporter
Yours Truly, Epiphany Reporter
The Religious Procession Getting Ready
The Religious Procession Getting Ready
The Three Cupolas
The Three Cupolas
The Procession Started!
The Procession Started!
Ubiquitous Paparazzi up on the Bridge
Ubiquitous Paparazzi up on the Bridge
The Followers of the Procession
The Followers of the Procession
Worship and Reverence
Worship and Reverence
The Sacred Place
The Sacred Place
Hands Talk
Hands Talk
The Place For Water Blessing and Bathing
The Place For Water Blessing and Bathing
Waiting for the Metropolitan to Arrive
Waiting for the Metropolitan to Arrive
German Handling the Mitre
German Handling the Mitre
Adjusting the Mitre on the Head, with Force
Adjusting the Mitre on the Head, with Force
Running the Hands Down the Face for a Cleansing
Running the Hands Down the Face for a Cleansing
In the Center of Mass Media Attention
In the Center of Mass Media Attention
The Reporters Also Having Fun
The Reporters Also Having Fun
The Choristers Singing in the Liturgy
The Choristers Singing in the Liturgy
The Young Acolyte Controlling the Candle Light
The Young Acolyte Controlling the Candle Light
Contemplation of the Blessing of Waters
Contemplation of the Blessing of Waters
Great Water Blessing
Great Water Blessing
Heading Towards the People to Bless Them From the Bucket of Theophany Water
Heading Towards the People to Bless Them From the Bucket of Theophany Water
Protection
Protection
Epiphany Bathing
Epiphany Bathing
Plunging Tree Times In the Theophany Waters
Plunging Tree Times In the Theophany Waters
Under the Dressed Supervision
Under the Dressed Supervision
Central Embankment Overview
Central Embankment Overview
Theophany Public
Theophany Public