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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 January 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Divers jump off the pier in Rye to catch the cross. THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 JANUARY 2015 15 tralia or- ganised services for the com- memoration of the Epiphany in Mentone, Frankston and Geelong, in Victoria. More than 5,000 members of the parish gathered out- side the Panagia Kamari- ani church in Red Hill to at- tend the liturgy given by Fa- ther Eleftherios Tatsis, with swimmers making their way to neighbouring Rye, where a young girl made history by becoming the first female to dive for the cross in Austral- ia. Thirteen-year-old Emily Paxevanou was amongst 20 young male counterparts. The eventual winner, 18- year-old Matthew Papadimi- triou from Rowville in Mel- bourne’s east, caught the cross in Rye, while Nickolaos Alesios found it in Geelong. Adam Ka- oulas was the lucky swimmer who got to it first in Frankston a Th th ia Thirteen-year-old Emily Paxevanou, the first female to dive in Australian waters for the cross. 18-year-old Matthew Papadimitriou found the cross in Rye. Father Eleftherios in Rye. Holy Epiphany celebrations 2015 A young Greek Australian girl dove for the cross for the very first time in Australia True to tradition, on January 6 the Greek Orthodox Community of Australia celebrated the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, with events held in all major Australian cities. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia organised services for the commemoration of the Epiphany in Mentone, Frankston and Geelong, in Victoria. More than 5,000 members of the parish gathered outside the Panagia Kamariani church in Red Hill to attend the liturgy given by Father Eleftherios Tatsis, with swimmers making their way to neighbouring Rye, where a young girl made history by becoming the first female to dive for the cross in Australia. Thirteen-year-old Emily Paxevanou was amongst 20 young male counterparts. The eventual winner, 18- year-old Matthew Papadimitriou from Rowville in Melbourne’s east, caught the cross in Rye, while Nickolaos Alesios found it in Geelong. Adam Kaoulas was the lucky swimmer who got to it first in Frankston and Gregory Kakavas took the dive of success in Mentone. Prior to the dive in Frankston, his grace Bishop Iokovos of Miletoupolis, assisted by Father D. Georgalas, held a holy service to further commemorate the day, at the new Holy Epiphany Church, which is the only church in Australia devoted to Theophaneia. The parish from the church of Pammegiston Taxiarhon decided to perform the liturgy at Parkdale beach, while Father Chrisostomos Polyzoidis, who moved to Australia recently from northern Greece, enthusiastically blessed the waters of Mentone during summer, something previously foreign to him. The Greek Orthodox Parish of the areas also organised all-day events, with music and dancing till late in the af- ternoon. Souvlakia, sausages, Greek sweets, ice creams, coffee, tea and cold drinks were all on offer by the Archdiocese. In Victoria, the main celebrations will take place on Sunday 11 January in a combined celebration by all parishes in Melbourne, celebrated by Their Graces Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, together with all remaining clergy of Melbourne. The celebration has moved from Station Pier - where it was held for many years - to Princes Pier in Port Melbourne (just 400m west of its traditional setting). The liturgy will commence at 1.00 pm, followed by music, dancing and activities for children until late in the afternoon. Food and drink will be available at the pier together with a variety of other stalls. Parking will be free around the area, though there is a limited number of spaces. Buses will be provided by Gemini Tours, leaving from Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, at 11.30 am. Young Or thodox men in the waters of Rye. From the dive in Frankston. Swimmers dive for Holy Epiphany blessing of the waters ceremony in Frankston. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES & PETER KAKALIAS From the blessing of the waters in Rye. of Adam Kaoulas, the winner in Frankston, receives his blessing. the cross in Frankston. Holy Epiphany y celebrations in Ry ations in Rye. The winner in Parkdale. The Orthodox Parish in Parkdale.
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