SOFIA, Bulgaria | Ice bath for Jesus: Orthodox worshippers celebrate Epiphany

6Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

SOFIA, Bulgaria— Jan 06, 2019—Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers have plunged into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to recover crucifixes cast by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Tradition holds that the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. After the cross is fished out, the priest sprinkles believers with water using a bunch of basil.

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