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-Russian Believers Take an Ice-Cold Dip For Jesus

by Dr. D ~ January 21st, 2011

On January 19, Orthodox Christians all over Russia took a traditional dip in ice-cold water to celebrate Epiphany –the day in the Orthodox Church calendar set aside to commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

In Russia, Orthodox believers traditionally mark the occasion by plunging into a river or pond sometimes even cutting a hole in ice if necessary.

Response: Brrrr. All I can say is, may God bless them. A tradition I am more than happy to miss even if it does demonstrate boldness in the faith.

However, many years ago I was baptized during the winter in a backyard swimming pool. But winters in Southern California probably don’t qualify for this Russia tradition plus the pool was heated to boot.            *Top of the Blog

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