The practice of bathing in a consecrated ice-hole on the Feast of the Epiphany is very common in modern Russia.
Many people try to follow this tradition, every year coming to open water for the purpose of immersion in holy water.
First of all, it is worth noting thatTo dip in the consecrated baptismal ice-hole (in holy water) should resort to this practice not immediately after 12 o'clock in the morning on January 19, but only after the consecration of the water in the font. Otherwise, the person "dives" in ordinary water. The consecration of the sources is held at different times. It is possible that some clergymen (especially in large cities), thanks to a large number of clergy, sanctify the fonts ("Jordan") at about midnight. However, these cases are not so frequent in modern practice.
Most often, fonts are consecrated after the nightCelebratory divine service in the morning. In some churches, the liturgy for the feast of Epiphany is not performed on the night of January 19, but in the morning of the same date. In such cases, the sources at night can pass the night's consecration before the liturgy. Thus, depending on the time of the sanctification of the font, it is necessary to count the correct time of immersion in the Jordan.
It is worth noting that it is accepted to swim onConsecrated sources during the astronomical day of January 19 (on the very day of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ). With the onset of January 20 (beginning at 12 o'clock in the morning), bathing in the font stops. At present it is already quite difficult to meet people who are plunged into the hole after the 19th day of the second winter month.