The Week in Pictures: January 13 – 19, 2020

Worshippers across Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe have been braving icy waters for Theophany, one of the most important holidays in the Orthodox Christian calendar.

Celebrated on 19 January according to the unrevised Julian calendar, Theophany or Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

Still during the Divine Liturgy at Diveevo Monastery on the feast of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. Photo: Instagram / Diveevo monastyr
A 73-year-old woman from Cugir wove all the verses of Eminescu’s poem “Luceafărul” on a seven-meter long canvas. Photo: Teodor and Aristia Aman County Library Craiova
Swiss Ambassador to Romania visited the St Nektarios palliative centre of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Bucharest. Photo: Facebook / St Nektarios palliative centre
Marking the Veneration of the Chains of Saint Peter, Archbishop Casian of Lower Danube visited the persons deprived of liberty at the maximum security prison in Galaţi. Photo: Facebook / Lower Danube Archdiocese
A replica of the Prodromitissa Icon of the Mother of God was brought from Mount Athos to Veria on the feast day of Saint Anthony the New. Photo: Kosmas Karagiannis / IMBNK 
Moment on the eve of the Theophany of the Lord in Moscow. Photo: Moscow Patriarchate / Serghei Vlasov
Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem blessing the waters of the Jordan River. Photo: Facebook / Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Athonite monk grilling some fish for the feast of the Theophany of the Lord. Photo:
Feast of the Theophany of the Lord at Solovki Monastery in Russia. Photo:
Pilgrims on Mount Athos jumped into the Aegean waters to retrieve the cross on teh Theophany of the Lord. Photo:
Patriarch Daniel talking to believers after the Sunday Divine Liturgy celebrated at the patriarchal cathedral in Bucharest. Photo: / Mircea Florescu
Monk carrying a procession cross on Mount Athos at celebrations of Theophany. Photo:

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