The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is one of the twelve major festivals of the Christian Church.
By this day, Orthodox people are treated with special trepidation, spiritually preparing for the celebration on Epiphany Christmas Eve.
The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ is celebrated on the 19thJanuary on a new style. Epiphany Christmas Eve falls on the day preceding the main celebration. It turns out that Epiphany Christmas Eve falls on the 18th of January.
On the Epiphany Eve the charter of the Orthodox ChurchAssumes a strict fast. By the 18th of January, the Christmas holidays are over, On Christmas Eve, the statute presupposes the eating of food without vegetable oil, the fish, respectively, are also prohibited for consumption. Some zealous Christians on the Epiphany Eve of January 18 fast with dry eating, not eating boiled food. Also, on the Epiphany Eve, there is a pious practice to refrain altogether from food until the appearance of the first star (like Christmas Eve). However, this practice is not spelled out in the charter of the Orthodox Church.
The very name "Christmas Eve" comes from the leanFood, called Sochi. Sochi is made from rice and honey, decorating with raisins, pieces of fruit, marmalade, and other lean sweets. Ready to use the product in the post. That is why the preparatory fasting day before the Feast of the Epiphany is called Christmas Eve.
On the Epiphany Eve on the morning of the 18th of JanuaryA special service is held in the temple, during which prophetic excerpts from the Old Testament are read. Also, after the end of the Divine Liturgy, a great consecration of water is performed on the Epiphany Eve.