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19-01-2016, 06:33

or at least if not out in the cold night and icy waters, wetted your face and arms with cold water and drank a cup full at midnight? at home in the kitchen. this, according to orthodox believe, will keep you healthy the whole year long.

and here a good english language article. i must say the SibTimes is more and more up to date on things happening in Russia and the world.http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/n0557-thousands-plunge-into-freezing-waters-to-solemnly-mark-orthodox-epiphany/

but apparently the church is saying this is not an orthodox rite but a Russian tradition?

19-01-2016, 22:12
I rather object to a number of things characterized as "Orthodox belief". They find a few superstitious people, write down their superstitions, and pass them off as "Orthodox belief".

It is un-Orthodox to treat religious action as magic, as an attempt to guarantee material blessing. We may ask, and perceive any request, any prayer, any lighting of a candle as a request, nothing more, certainly not as magic that will accomplish what we desire. We are aware that sometimes we desire the wrong things. So no, even blessed water doesn't do magic at our will.

It is accurate that sins are forgiven through repentance and confession, and not through anything else.