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Baptism of the Lord
|On January 19 the majority of orthodox churches celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. This holiday is celebrated in honor of Jesus Christ's baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. A Baptism of the Lord — one of twelve great holidays, the most important holidays in Orthodoxy (after Easter). |
Other Christian Holiday — the Epiphany is connected with a holiday of the Epiphany. It is considered that in day when the Baptism of the Lord was made, God showed himself to the world in three Persons — God Otts, God Syn and God of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ (God Syn) hosted a baptism in the Jordan River. The Holy Spirit condescended on him, and God Otets a voice from the sky testified about Jesus Christ. As these holidays are devoted by one events, the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord in some churches merged on one holiday.
So, the Armenian church at the same time celebrates Christmas and the Baptism of the Lord under the general name — the Epiphany. In distinction Orthodoxy between the Epiphany and the Epiphany were practically erased, therefore now it actually two different names of one holiday. Catholics of a Latin ceremony celebrate the Epiphany on January 6, and on the Sunday following it the Epiphany is celebrated.
The Baptism of the Lord is connected in the people with various traditions, customs and ceremonies. The eve of the Epiphany, evening on January 18, is called as Epiphany Christmas Eve. This day it is accepted to fast. Usually in Epiphany Christmas Eve eat fast pies, flat cakes and sochivo. This day people drew crosses on oven openings, doors and windows chalk or coal. Was considered that it will help to protect inhabitants of the house from devilish influence.
In day of the Baptism of the Lord the clergy dresses white copes. On this holiday in many countries it is accepted to consecrate water and to bathe in an ice-hole. People believe that to the kupena in an ice-hole for the Epiphany helps to recover from diseases. Usually bathe in a shirt, plunging into water three times. Thus it is necessary to be christened and say: "For the sake of the Father, both the Son, and the Holy Spirit!" In Greece and Bulgaria after water consecration solemn processions with banners go to a reservoir. Throw a wooden cross into water, to catch which it is considered honourable.
All Epiphany water therefore it is not obligatory to take it in churches is considered sacred. Consider that in day of the Baptism of the Lord the Lord consecrates all water on the earth that at least once a year all people on the earth, irrespective of religion, could accept clarification. Sprinkle with the consecrated water the dwelling and a thing, drink it. If to the consecrated water to treat with due awe, it long will not spoil.
There are beliefs connected with medical nature of Epiphany water. Some believe that if in Epiphany night to put a silver bowl on a table and to fill it with water, at midnight it will start waving as though repeating the moment of a baptism of Jesus Christ. Such water is drunk or wash it, considering curative. As curative also consider the ice and snow collected on a clean floor in the night of January 19. Some people store them in a deep freeze to be rubbed off by Epiphany ice and snow in case of an illness.
In the people the Baptism of the Lord strongly is associated with fortune-telling and severe bitter cold. The church forbids Epiphany fortune-telling, after all it is pagan custom. But girls do not miss opportunity to tell fortunes on the promised and to learn the destiny because it is the last opportunity to receive reliable result of guessing, after all with the Epiphany the Christmas-tide comes to an end.
On the eve of the Epiphany, on January 18, it is accepted to bake crosses — special ceremonial cookies. In the morning on January 19 have breakfast these cookies, washing down it with holy water. For each family member bake a nominal cross, somehow marking out him. How cookies baked, can learn that waits for everyone the family member in the come year, what cross they should bear. If cookies propeklos evenly also have pleasant yellow-pink color — year will be successful and safe. If cookies turned out with breaks and cracks, or is even worse — burned slightly or not propeklos, year will be difficult, diseases and grieves are possible. Such "bad" cookies are not eaten, and fed to birds. It is impossible to tell members of household that they got "unlucky" cookies — it is necessary to treat them with "spare" crosses, propechenny and ruddy.
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