Russian Orthodox Church clergy to sanctify waters of two oceans for Epiphany

Natalya Mihailova | 19 January 2017
Moscow, January 18, Interfax - The clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate will sanctify the seas and oceans in Russia and abroad for Epiphany.
Russian Orthodox Church clergy to sanctify waters of two oceans for Epiphany

Specifically, the Russian parish community in Reykjavik will go to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, where the great water sanctification will take place.

“We will go to the ocean, we will dive,” Timofey Zolotusky, senior priest of the St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Reykjavik, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

Additionally, water sanctification will take place on the coast of the Gulf of Siam (South China Sea of the Pacific Ocean), the office of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand said. The waters of the Pacific Ocean will also be sanctified in Russia: the Sea of Japan will be sanctified in the Novik Bay in Primorye and the Sea of Okhotsk will be sanctified in the Gertner Bay in the Magadan Region.

Specifically, the Black Sea will be sanctified in Crimea and the Caspian Sea will be sanctified in Makhachkala, the press services for the relevant dioceses said.

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