(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s photo gallery includes MLK Day commemorations, Orthodox Epiphany and more.
Russian paratroopers bathe in icy waters during a traditional Epiphany celebration at the country's new Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces in Patriot Park outside Moscow, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Across Russia, the devout and the daring observe the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water, often through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. (AP Photo)
Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday Jan. 19, 2023. The eve of Epiphany, on Jan 18, is known as Ketera, which means blocking the flow of water for the blessing of the celebrants. On Ketera, believers escort their parish church tabot (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) to Timkete-Bahir (a pool, river or artificial reservoir). (AP Photo)
A Georgian man bathes in icy water in a hole cut in the form of a Georgian cross in Paravani lake, about 60 miles west of Tbilisi, Georgia, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Orthodox Georgians celebrate Epiphany on Jan. 19, following the old Julian calendar. Water blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. (AP Photo/Nicolo Vincenzo Malvestuto)
A woman bathes in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit near the Achairsky Monastery outside the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia, early Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Sofiychuk)
Cardinals and bishops pray during the funeral ceremony of Australian Cardinal George Pell in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday Jan. 14, 2023. Pell died on Tuesday at a Rome hospital of heart complications following hip surgery. He was 81. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A large group gathers to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Joe Biden, center, stands with Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock as he speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Clergy who filed suit seeking to overturn Missouri’s abortion law and other opponents of the law hold a March through downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. The suit says Missouri legislators invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the law, in violation of the Missouri Constitution. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
Banners hang on a Planned Parenthood building in northeast Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. The 50th annual March for Life, which opposes abortion, took place Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. RNS photo by Jack Jenkins
A member of Filhos de Gandhi, a Yoruba Afro-religious cultural group, participates in a ritual during the first cultural and religious activity of the year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
Protected by fire helmets and goggles, nuns of a nearby convent participate in a fire hose drill as part of the training while learning to combat fires in Freiburg, Switzerland, in 1946. The nuns also received instruction in first aid. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.
A young child sleeps beside an old man at the Madrasas Refugee Camp in India in Sept. 1971. Some 30,000 East Pakistanis were given refuge in the camp, where hunger and homelessness know no generation gap. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society.