I wish everyone on the old calendar a blessed Theophany.
Here is RussiaToday‘s segment on the feast in Siberia:
There is much work to do in post-Soviet Russia, but much hope, as well.
I found a blurb today in the Toronto Sun about the Russian Orthodox version of the “polar bear plunge” on Theophany, “Russians plunge into chilling holy water.” The short story features eight pictures of those crazy Russkies, who, we have just learnt, have finally turned around their fourteen year long population decline. Here is another article on Ethiopian Review: “Russian Orthodox take icy plunges to celebrate Epiphany.” From their dress, you would think that they were American Roman Catholics at mass in the summertime.
The Washington Post‘s Eye on the World photography site also features a picture of Serbs’ jumping in water to retrieve the cross. You may wish to see my post last year on Theophany, which includes a video of the Greek American boys’ famous contest in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
In other news, the Russian Church will soon get back the lovely Novodevichy Convent and the people of Massachusetts will get back one of their senatorial seats.