Contaminated Holy Water Sends 117 Russians To Hospital

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    Contaminated Holy Water Sends 117 Russians To Hospital


    I don't have a problem with the concept or existence of holy water. My issue is with these people drinking it. It's NOT supposed to be ingested. :no: My understanding was that holy water is only for use as part of the rituals of the religion. Even during communion they drink wine, NOT holy water. :confused:
     
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    In Eastern Orthdox Rites, it is considered proper to have a drink of the Holy Water after the blessing on Epiphany.
     
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    Very true!!!
    We drink more holy water than wine....It`s a big part of the ortodox tradition!!!
    People believe that holy water can cure them!
     
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    Sounds like they were thirsty. :)
     
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    If there tap water isn't drinkable what made them think drinking from a lake would be any better.
     
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    Because it's holy, holy things are benign, therefore it won't make you sick. Of course nothing is "holy", too bad they had to find about it the hard way.
     
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    That'll teach them to be so gullible.

    Holy water my ass.
     
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    Maybe they were all possessed.
     
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    Maybe that was devil water....
     
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    Sad, but true. :frown1:
     
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    Russian Orthodox not Roman Catholic
     
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    Time to switch to holy vodka.
     
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    It still doesn't mean the water couldn't be holy. It's no different than people being injured during a church fire.

    Should I be on a site like this defending religion? :eek:
     
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    My bad, please forgive me Your Pitbull Eminence. :redface:


    Agreed, now that's a church I'd join. :biggrin1:

     
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    Just a trifling. Not even a sin.

    Now if you have something a little more interesting to confess, :rolleyes:
    the congregation would like it if you could provide pictures :eek:
     
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    Holy Shit, Batman! :biggrin1:


    Ok, I will stop.
     
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    While I think that everyone should be allowed to comment on subjects as they wish, passing judgement on subjects in which they're not educated, volleys between offensive, and making the writer look foolish. Preaching about Russian Orthodoxy, without any knowledge of its practices, seems to be the case here. Actually being chrismated and a participant in the Orthodox faith, I can tell you that the Russians have a particular way of celebrating Epiphany. It is often celebrated by taking a typically icy dip in a body of water that has been blessed, and often being through a hole cut into the ice, in the shape of a cross. It is supposed to represent the baptism of Christ, and to symbolically wash away your sins of the past year. The shock of the icy water would be considered dangerous by many, but those who practice this, say that if you are a true Believer, that you'll be protected from any harm, by your faith, and have nothing to fear. For those who can't, or choose not to, do it, the alternative is to drink a glass of the newly blessed Holy Water.

    Similarly, when taking Communion from the same chalice and spoon that the rest of the congregation has had put to their lips, being blessed, is thought by the faithful to be pure, and therefore poses no danger of passing on your neighbour's flu.
     
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    Novice, ORTODOXs do have some lovely customs...
    Serbian church has SLAVA, a day when a family celebrates a saint.
    Yes, people think it`s quite pagan, but it`s just a great part of serbian religious being and it does make us different from most christians.
     
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    And I am Greek Orthodox, and we also use the common cup for communion,However, there are differences between all Orthodox Rites, which is why I listed them originally as Eastern Orthodox. Who all will partake of Holy water on Epiphany.
     
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    I am debating on whether to become Eastern Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. If I do, I won't be on this forum anymore.:eek:

    There is something so beautiful about Eastern Church. It proves the existence of God to me.
     
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