Baptism in 2020
Almost all the inhabitants of Russia know about Baptism and such a wonderful action as entering an ice hole. Although, probably, all believers are aware of the Christian tradition. The hole cut in the shape of a cross is called the Jordan, and this baptismal ceremony takes place in January. Despite the severe frost, the late hour and fear of the icy elements, people enthusiastically immerse themselves in Jordan to feel renewed.
Baptism 2020: what date is the holiday
Among the church holidays there are a lot of celebrations devoid of a fixed date. But, the Baptism of the Lord - does not apply to such holidays, since from year to year it is celebrated on the same day. Every year, Christians celebrate the Epiphany holiday - January 19, which according to the old style corresponds to January 6.
In 2020, Baptism falls on Sunday (January 19), which means it will be a day off.
As for the special mark on the calendar, then Baptism has not been given the official holiday status, but due to the fact that the date of January 19th, 2020 falls on Sunday - we will all rest on this day.
History of the holiday
The sacred action has several church names at once: Water Cross, Jordan Day, Epiphany, Water Epiphany, etc. In any case, all the names reflect the essence of the event to which this holy day is dedicated. And the key point in biblical history that gave rise to the tradition is the Baptism of the Son of God in the Jordan River. In the New Testament, this biblical parable is described in great detail. When John the Baptist performed a baptismal ceremony on believers, he immersed all people in the Jordan River. Together with other Christians, Jesus entered the water, and a dove representing the Holy Spirit sat on his shoulder. And immediately after the appearance of the sacred bird from heaven, a divine voice was heard calling Christ the beloved son. When everyone heard of heavenly favor, they finally believed in the divine origin of Jesus.
Many years have passed after this story, and the ritual with immersion in water has firmly entered into church practice. From the very beginning, ritual ablutions were performed by those who wanted to be cleansed of sin. After washing, sins were washed away from the person, and all sorts of filth. And the water had to be flowing, not stagnant, so that the current would take away everything evil. It was necessary to enter the water with the desire to repent, and with thoughts of good. Before the baptism of Jesus, the rite remained purifying, but after the biblical event, the meaning changed. Since then, the original sin has been removed from the soul of man once and for all, and the spirit has been elevated forever. Baptism is a symbol of the transition to a new life, rebirth.
The healing properties of baptismal water
An old legend says: on the night of January 19th, water becomes miraculous, and is able to heal diseases, wash away the evil eye, and pacify desires. It is this belief that is embedded in the rite of immersion in the hole. But in order for Jordan to become a saint, a church minister must consecrate it in advance. But you can’t just make an ice hole in the ice, and swim thoughtlessly in it. Each dive site is organized by local authorities, and has strictly defined boundaries. Only under the supervision of a priest and rescuers is swimming allowed, that is, three times immersion in water. By tradition, the believer should overshadow himself with the sign of the cross, and immerse himself in the head, saying a prayer to himself.
It is very important not to arrange unauthorized bathing, and to visit only the ice-holes organized by the church and special services. A doctor must be on duty on the spot in order to have time to provide assistance if someone becomes ill.
Today, the tradition of using baptismal water to remove spoilage and washing children is popular, and has not lost its relevance. It is allowed to store water from Baptism, and store it for a year, until the next holiday. It is believed that at Epiphany midnight all the water in the world becomes holy, and stops for a moment. Moreover, it acquires transparency. But this magic does not last long, only a couple of minutes.
Swimming in the hole on January 19
For centuries, thousands of believers have boldly plunged into icy water in the most severe January frosts, following a centuries-old tradition. With the help of such bathing, one can be cleansed of the sins accumulated over the year and enlightened by the spirit. Reason becomes pure, and thoughts become good. Through cold, inappropriate desires and passions are pacified, and the soul becomes brighter. Like the Savior, Christians seek the path to purification and exaltation. As the legend goes, anyone who plunges into the hole in Epiphany will remain healthy and will not get sick.
Baptism in 2020 is the most important Orthodox holiday, along with Easter, because Jesus went through all life cycles, and believers follow his example. Both Christ and his children desire to be cleansed and become closer to the Lord. Through overcoming fears, courage comes, and through immersion in ice water - health.
It is important only to comply with all safety rules, visit the official Jordan, and not risk health if the doctor forbade the dive.