MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Orthodox servicemen of the Caspian Flotilla (CFL) celebrated the Epiphany with a bath in the waters of the Caspian Sea.
More than three hundred servicemen, members of their families, as well as civilian employees of the CFL took part in the Epiphany bathing.
The clergyman of the Makhachkala diocese, hieromonk Father John, held a prayer service dedicated to the Baptism of the Lord, after which everyone could go into the sea. Together with the personnel of the association, the commander of the CFL, Rear Admiral Alexander Peshkov, plunged into the Epiphany font.
“Baptism is a special sacrament and purification. Such bathing helps to recharge your batteries for the whole coming year,” the commander of the CFL explained.
To ensure the safety and health of the bathing participants, the place of entry into the sea was equipped with a similar ladder and platforms. Tents were set up for changing clothes and places for heating with hot tea.
Each entry into the water took place under the supervision of doctors on duty, who control the well-being of those who plunged into the icy water. Divers of a detachment of anti-sabotage forces and means of the CFL were also on duty near the coast.
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