Romanians Celebrate The Epiphany

Posted On January 6, 2007

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Over 2,000 people attended the Epiphany ceremony conducted by His Holiness Patriarch Teoctist in front of the Bucharest Patriarchy on Saturday.

After the ceremony, believers were able to take blessed water (10,000 liters) from the barrels near the Patriarchy.

Both the faithful and the priests believe blessed water has special powers as it was blessed on the day Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River.

The Romanian Orthodox Church recommends believers should keep the blessed water in clean vases. They are also taught not to eat before drinking from the blessed water.

In Romania, on Epiphany people eat the piftie (pork- and cow-based aspic) and boiled wheat.