Orthodox believers who want to swim in the hole for Baptism should take this with the utmost care. This was stated by the head of the department for external church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
He recalled that the epidemiological situation in Russia is now difficult, the coronavirus has not gone anywhere. Therefore, any mass gatherings of people are undesirable.
“If they can be avoided, it is better to avoid them”, – the metropolitan said on the TV channel “Russia 24”.
According to him, to strengthen immunity, citizens should be vaccinated.
Every year, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of the Epiphany on January 19. Believers attend services, bless the water and, if desired, plunge into the font.
Earlier, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided whether he will plunge into the hole at Epiphany.