Креще́ние/Baptism of the Lord

Креще́ние/Baptism of the Lord

Overnight and later today across Russia, many ten thousands of Orthodox Christians will commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by crossing themselves, before jumping through crosses carved through ice, into the freezing water that has been blessed by a priest. The feast is known as Kreshenie, commemorated two weeks after the Theophany celebrated on the non-Julian Western calendar. -- JWS

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