A number of Baptism to celebrate and what traditions to observe, that year was a happy
The days when the Church was under the strictest prohibition, is passed. Today most Russians know what Baptism, Christmas and other great religious holidays. Sometimes it happens that the feast of the Baptism of the Lord confused with the day of the baptism of Rus, which is celebrated on 25 July. Hence, there is confusion about what the Baptism. In addition, not all know the meaning and traditions associated with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The feast of the Epiphany originated in the days of the apostles. At that time a religious rite of baptism. Jesus was 30 years old when he came to John the Baptist. It was he who baptized Christ in the waters of the Jordan river. Legend has it that during the baptism of Jesus fell a ray of light, a heavenly voice proclaimed him the Son of God.
Initially the feast was called Epiphany. The word means "the Epiphany". Another name that was Baptism – the festival of Lights. The names of these due to the fact that the day of Easter, God comes to the earth to bestow upon his people with light.
The word "baptism" in Greek means "immersion in water". It is hence the most important tradition to bathe in the sanctified waters. Today every year more and more Russians are rushing towards the hole in the Baptism, the number of swimmers even in severe frosts is continuously growing. Water represents life and helps wash away sins. But before to plunge into the Jordan, it is important to keep other traditions of Baptism.
Epiphany is the sixth of the twelve great feasts. These include the twelve most important after the Easter events. The Church year begins on the first of September. So the countdown to the holidays starts with this date.
Questions about when to celebrate the Baptism of a number should not occur. The fact that this feast is not a challenge, and so is annually celebrated on the same day – January 19 (old style – sixth). It should be remembered that the day before should observe the strict fast, pray and repent of sins.
18 Jan Orthodox Epiphany called Christmas eve. The name of this day comes from food, which can be used by believers to this day – sochivo. It is made from grain, cooked with the addition of dried fruit, poppy seed and nuts. Only after the observance of Epiphany eve, you can go for a swim in the Jordan.
It is important to understand that to get rid of sins by taking a dip in the ice-hole, will not succeed, because the Church claims: to atone for sins only through confession. In spite of that, many believers the next question is: "Swimming in the hole should be what number?". The baptism begins at midnight with 18 for January 19. And from that moment, and the whole nineteenth day of j queues.
In addition, Baptism is important not to forget to collect the Holy water. She'll appreciate all year: baby wash – from the evil eye helps to drink disease prevents. Of course, the Holy water should be taken in the Church, stood in front of this service. But many believe that the night before the Baptism of the Holy water runs straight from the tap. And interestingly – typed even in this way, it will last the whole year without foreign smell, not sportives.
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord is honored by the faithful for centuries. Therefore we've accumulated a huge number of traditions and signs. It is important to realize that knowledge of what the Baptism to celebrate and what traditions you observe, hardly will help to get rid of sins. Much more important throughout the year to keep the faith and pray.