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<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">A Russian crosses himself as he emerges from an ice hole made in the shape of a cross in a traditional Epiphany celebration in Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the  Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year&#39;s celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.  Moscow temperatures on Wednesday morning dropped to -13 C &#40; 9 F&#41;. &#40;AP Photo&#47; Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr&#41; (AP Photo&#47; Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)</span></div>
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