Swimming in the hole for the feast of the Epiphany is an old folk tradition, but without regular visits to the temple and participation in divine services, it loses all meaning from the point of view of spiritual life, priest Alexander Volkov, chairman of the Information Commission of the Moscow City Diocese, told RIA Novosti.
“Epiphany bathing is a folk tradition. blessed water. <…> This tradition does not replace either participation in divine services and the sacraments, or the acquisitive spiritual life of a person associated with repentance and correction of their actions. But we have people who believe that, once a year, once bathed in the font, they yes They can only continue to live a normal life… This is a rather sad thing, and we are trying to fix it: if you are already immersed in baptismal water, then you need to come to the temple. But just diving once a year is more like winter swimming, which has nothing to do with the traditions of Orthodoxy and spiritual life,” Volkov said. Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of the Epiphany on January 19. Along with Easter, this is one of the most ancient and significant Christian holidays, in Russia it is traditionally accompanied by mass bathing in ice water in specially cut and consecrated ice holes.