There are various pseudo-Christian tradition,associated with religious holidays. One of those is the practice to gain "holy" water in the Epiphany on springs, which have not received the rank vodoosvyatiya, wells, columns and traditional taps.
Many people still follow this established tradition, not realizing that this holy water on Epiphany only where it consecrated.
The answer to the question of where the tradition has gonedraw water on the night of Epiphany on springs, wells and traditional taps hiding in Russian post-revolutionary times. Before the 1917 revolution, few of our pious ancestors could conceive the holy water over which have not received the rank vodoosvyatiya. All Orthodox churches on the Epiphany water sanctified, consecrated and can pass on the springs. In this case, the open pond water and was considered holy. However, with the arrival of Russian atheistic government the situation has changed. Many churches were closed, there was a shortage of clergy. All this has led to the fact that after 1917 stopped vodoosvyatiya on springs. In addition, in many towns and villages, and was not at all acting churches, which could be sanctified water. It turned out that religious people were totally without the great shrines of the feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ.
Such a situation could not suit Russiapeople. Devout Christians began themselves to organize trips to the springs in secret from the authorities. These campaigns were carried out for the holy water in Baptism at night. Most often with religious people were not priests. So pious grandparents worldly rank prayed, sang holiday Epiphany hymns and collect water in the springs in the memory of the historical event of the Baptism of the Lord. However, the rank of the great Epiphany vodoosvyatiya was not. Over the decades, this practice hiking to the springs are so ingrained in the minds of the people, which was considered quite unnecessary presence of a priest at the consecration of water on the springs.
It is believed that on the night of Baptism all the waterholy. This is the main postulate for those gains and is now unconsecrated water in springs and household taps. However, if the Christian church and talks about the dedication of the global nature of all the water on the Epiphany, it in no way relates to the baptismal holy water, it is in the Orthodox tradition, the saint (great) Holy water in Eastern Christianity. Holy Holy water in Eastern Christianity this is the water, which was made over the rank of the great Epiphany vodoosvyatiya. It turns out that the consecration of the whole water nature and blessing of water, as a holy Holy water in Eastern Christianity, absolutely different things. That is why talking about water from the tap as a holy Holy water in Eastern Christianity on the night of the Epiphany does not make sense.
Currently, the clergy did not sufferharassment by the authorities. We started to operate many of the temples. Big difitsita the clergy (such as observed in the Soviet period) there. Accordingly, it is not necessary to follow the practice of water samovalnogo set on springs, as it was before. It is worth remembering that neosvyaschaemoe can not be sanctified, if we're talking about the holy baptismal water (the great Holy water in Eastern Christianity).
You can also bring another source of traditiontypesetting of water on the night of Baptism, for example, in the water. There is a practice by which Epiphany water is diluted with ordinary water. The latter, in this case, is sanctified. This is done when the believer ends the holy Epiphany water. There is even a saying that one drop of water sanctifies the sea. But it is saying. Some believe that in the Epiphany night elsewhere, for example, in Russia on the river has been made in the river vodoosvyatie font. Thus, the entire river has become holy and therefore, all its tributaries. And the water in the water comes from the river (often). So, according to some, the water and the tap runs holy. This view also has an Orthodox bosnovaniya, because, in this case, can be considered as holy water, and the one that is in the toilet. However, it is not acceptable for the Christian consciousness. In addition, for example, in Russia substantial time difference. Vodoosvyatie occurs in the river at different times. However, many count is from 12 o'clock in the morning. This reflects the next logical absurdity.
The Orthodox Church says that if the waterand sanctified by the river, it is in place, it becomes the holy font, that is in the right place, where she is sanctified. The question of the limits of the spread holy water in the river of the consecrated font no longer applies to the area of the Orthodox Faith, and mystical philosophical imagination.
Thus, the Orthodox people should knowthat the main origins of the practice of a set of water on Epiphany in places where not held the rank vodoosvyatiya serve the Soviet practice of people hiking to the sources without the clergy, as well as a misunderstanding of the thesis about the dedication of all the water on the nature Epiphany.