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Friday, 18 January 2008

Wooden Fonts to Be Set Up In Moscow City Centre on Epiphany for Outdoor Dipping

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On Friday, a spokesman for the Moscow central administrative district told Interfax that the city is setting up wooden fonts for outdoor dipping on Revolution Square in the centre of Moscow. A prefecture staffer said, “We’ll hold a service to bless the water at 13.30 MSK, then, we’ll invite everyone to dip in an outdoor ritual font”. The authorities are preparing heated cabins for changing for Epiphany dippers, and they’ll pass out hot tea with honey after people dip in the fonts. Actors from historical and ethnographical theatre ensembles and folk groups will give performances on Revolution Square, and they also plan to have clown and puppet shows. The prefecture spokesman reminded us that the Russian Winter Festival is going on from 1 December to 19 January on Revolution Square. The city set up a Christmas village especially for the festival from the late-nineteenth century sketches. The spokesman said, “Everyone will find something to their liking. Children can go to the attractions; adults can buy unique folk art items”.

18 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

Emercom Saves a Monastery in Veliki Novgorod from an Aggressive Cat

Filed under: animals,humour/wry/"people are funny",Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

The other day, rescuers from Emercom (Ministry of Emergency Services) conducted a special operation at St Anthony Monastery to capture an aggressive cat that was attacking people. The newspaper St Petersburg Vedomosti reported on Monday that the staff of the Novgorod Museum Preserve, which includes the monastery, repeatedly complained about assaults made by a large cat they couldn’t restrain on their own. Once on the spot, the rescuers spent their forces before they could capture the beast, which got into the monastery’s Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, no one knows how. “The cat proved to be a real big veteran, a very aggressive and dashing attacker”, one of the rescuers reported. They set the cat free outside the monastery walls.

4 September 2006

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

Orthodox Believers Celebrate Epiphany Eve in Chechnya

The old Russian babas do it… what about you?

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Bishop Feofan of Stavropolye and Vladikavkaz came to Grozny on Thursday to celebrate a festival liturgy and prayer service in the church of Archangel Mikhail, our Interfax correspondent reported. According to Bishop Feofan, Orthodox believers who live in Chechnya widely celebrate the Epiphany eve, or the Twelfth Night, that concludes the 12-day period of the Christmastide. Believers from Grozny and other districts in Chechnya attended a molieben at Archangel Mikhail church. Bishop Feofan, who visited Chechnya on the invitation of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, told Interfax that “questions of security in the republic aren’t serious any more. I stood in the centre of Grozny in church, I conducted a molieben, I travelled through the capital of the Chechen Republic and its districts, and it showed that the situation here is secure, and peace and quietness rule in the republic”, he noted.

18 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

MES Specialists Assist the People of Yakutsk to Receive a Epiphany Blessing in Minus 40 Degree Weather

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Although the afternoon temperature is -41 degrees Celsius (-42 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, many people came to holes chopped in the ice on the Lena River for an Epiphany blessing, our Interfax correspondent reported. Bishop Zosima of Yakutsk and Lena consecrated water in the Lena River in the afternoon. People taking a dip in it receive a blessing. The outdoor rite was possible in such a severe climate thanks to the efforts of specialists from the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations (MES), who cut cross-shaped holes in the ice and set up big army tents above them. Each tent is equipped with forced-draught heaters, which makes dipping possible even for people unprepared for the extreme cold.

18 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

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