Moscow. 18 Jan. INTERFAX – Clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate will make the consecration of the seas and oceans in Russia and abroad on the occasion of the feast of the Epiphany.
In particular, the community of the Russian parish in Reykjavik will be released on the Atlantic ocean, where it will be made great blessing of water.
“The ocean will move into will be”, – told the correspondent of “Interfax-Religion” on Wednesday, on the eve of the festival, rector of St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Reykjavik priest Timothy Zolotusky.
Additionally, there will be blessing of the waters on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand (South China sea of the Pacific), said the Agency representative of the Russian Church in Thailand. The Pacific ocean waters will be sanctified, and in Russia – in the Bay of Novik in Primorye will sanctify the sea of Japan, and in the Bay of Gertner in the Magadan region – Okhotsk.
In addition, in the Crimea will sanctify the Black sea, in Makhachkala, the Caspian, reported the press service of the respective dioceses.
This ceremony is traditionally preceded by worship in temples and religious processions. The consecration is often accompanied by the dipping of believers.
The feast of the Baptism (Epiphany) Christians remember the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan, which began Its service to humanity. The word “baptize” literally in Greek means “immersed in water”. Baptized Christ, the prophet John who recognized him as the Savior, the coming of which was heralded by the old Testament prophets.
According to legend, when Jesus came out of the water, he was in the form of a dove the Holy Spirit descended and a voice from heaven testified about him as the Son of God: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
It is believed that in the sacrament of baptism man dies to sin, renounces Satan and is reborn in the virtuous life, and expresses its readiness to follow the teachings of Christ.
The first mention of the festival refer to the beginning of the III century, however, when he celebrated along with Christmas, and shared both celebrations until the end of the IV century. In the first century, the feast of the Epiphany of the Christian community with new members who were baptized on this day.
Precedes the feast of the Epiphany eve, when the faithful to fasting and prayer to prepare themselves for the upcoming celebration. These days they are sprinkled with baptismal water on their homes, the priests consecrate the waters. Orthodox believe that the consecrated water is filled with the grace of the Holy spirit. The Church calls us to treat such water with reverence as the Shrine.