The power of the baptismal water
Epiphany wateralso called the "Great Agiasma" - a shrine. People relate in a special way to water, which is consecrated on the day of the Baptism of the Lord. They use it on an empty stomach, while praying. Previously, the water was sanctified only for the fulfillment of the sacrament of baptism, this was done by calling on the name of God.
On the feast day, the water is sanctified after the Divine Liturgy and on Christmas Eve, the day before the holiday, after the All-Night Vigil. This fact caused discussions at the very beginning of the existence of the rite. Thus, for example, Patriarch Nikon forbade, on pain of death, to bless water twice, confirming his conviction that Christ was baptized once.
The baptismal water, which is consecrated in reservoirs, is also still the subject of disputes of Orthodox people. Many of them are sure that on this day it is necessary to plunge into the blessed ice reservoir, river, lake, sea ...
Christians often quote the text of the Gospel, which reports that those who refuse to wash water on the day of Baptism,he will be excommunicated from Communion for forty days and expelled from the church until he repents. They argue that such a saying belongs to St. Athanasius the Great. However, in reality, there is no curse for refusing to bathe in high water. Bathing on the Epiphany day was and remains only a custom.
Under no circumstances should Epiphany water be used for divination and love spells. Wanting to draw water in the temple, you can not rudely treat others - pushing. If it so happens that the consecrated water has deteriorated, it is necessary to pour it, but in a place that is not bad, for example, a pot with a flower.
Do not attach importance to superstition, the stories that on a holiday should get water from the three churches, otherwise it will not have the proper power. It is not true. The Holy Fathers of Orthodoxy advised to take on an empty stomach baptismal water, like a medicine, to drink it on those days when it is not possible to take communion.
Epiphany waterdo not need a person in large quantities. When people bring a lot of bottles and vessels to the temple to consecrate the agiasma, this sight is sometimes surprising by the observers.Agasma can be diluted by reading over the capacity of "Our Father", holiday troparion, glorification. After that, a small amount of Epiphany water is poured into the clear water crosswise. At the same time, the action is blessed independently by the words “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen".