18 January 2010, Monday, 16:59
author: Eugene Rakhimkulov
Orthodox Christians are preparing to celebrate one of the most important Christian feasts – the Epiphany or the Twelfth day. It is preceded by especially severe lent. One may eat only the cooked wheat or rice with honey (here comes the name from).
The Epiphany belongs to the list of twelve main feasts and its history is connected with the legend about christening of Jesus by John the Forerunner in Jordan. This feast is also called the Twelfth day because the God had appeared before the world in three faces: the God Son was christened in Jordan, the Holy Spirit came from the sky as a pigeon and the Godfather authenticated Jesus Christ by the call from the heaven. During the Epiphany eve as well as during the Epiphany all Christian churches commit the water christening and long queues of the believers come to the churches to take the holy water. It is used to believe that ordinary water, taken from any pool in the Epiphany night, also possesses medicinal properties. This water is considered the best medicine from all spiritual and bodily ailments and doesn’t go bad, so there is no need to keep it in a fridge. Christians usually keep it in the red corner near the icons.