Russians dip into ice-cold water for Epiphany - Yahoo News

by news.yahoo 01/19/2021

With the temperatures around minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Farenheit) participants plunged into the ice-cold lake which was lightened with colorful lights and covered with mist. The age-old ritual commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, or the Epiphany, which the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates on January 19, in the middle of the Russian winter. Worshippers believe their sins are symbolically washed away through the ritual and one participant, Alexander, said he felt "reborn" afterwards.


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In a fundraising campaign to support a fellow Lutheran church school, The Evangelical Lutheran School of Aszód, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary has raised USD 2,700 for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah, Palestine an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land school.

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Staff reports HANCOCK COUNTY -- The county added 146 COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising its total to 6,425. After reporting deaths from the novel coronavirus for four days in a row, Hancock County did not report any over the weekend, keeping that total at 97. The county added 467 COVID-19 tests Monday, bringing that