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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 January 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Coastal divers blessed twice over Epiphany celebrations commenced across Victoria on Wednesday, with two of the successful divers now familiar faces Thousands turned out on Wednesday to coastal areas across Victoria to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ by St John the Baptist. Piers in Frankston, Rye and Geelong were brimming with onlookers as the year commenced with the traditional blessing of the waters and men unclad from the waist up diving into the cool waters to retrieve the cross. In Frankston, a divine lit- urgy was held at the Greek Orthodox Church of The Holy Epiphany. Officiated by Bishop Iako- vos of Militoupoleos with the assistance of Father Douka Georgala, following the service, the clergy, accompanied by thousands of people, ventured to Frankston pier. There the blessing took place and a cross was thrown into the waters, retrieved by 16-year-old Nick Georgiou from Mentone. A traditional celebration followed on the beach accompanied by food, music and entertainment by local dance groups. In Rye, a similar scene un- folded with a liturgy at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill. The service was led by Reverend Father Eleftherios Tat- sis and marked his 30th year blessing the waters, and the second year of witnessing 18-year-old Matthew Papadimitriou emerge with the cross in hand. It was a similar story in Geelong. The blessing of the waters took place at the dock of Saint Helens beach where the cross was retrieved in a repeat performance by the young Nicholas Alesios. In Victoria, the main celebration for Epiphany Day is set to take place on Sunday 10 January in a combined celebration by all parishes across Melbourne, and will be followed by a festival of food, music, dancing and activities until late in the afternoon. The Epiphany Day celebration will commence at 1.00 pm at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne, Victoria. Matthew Papadimitriou emerging with the cross in Rye for the second year in a row. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Sixteen-year-old Nick Georgiou from Mentone holding the cross in Frankston. Nicholas Alesios (second from right) in Geelong with Father Stergios Patsouris and his family after retrieving the cross. Men and boys of all ages prepare to dive into the waters at Frankston. Reverend Father Eleftherios Tatsis from Red Hill blesses a young parishioner in Rye. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Onlookers observe the Epiphany Day tradition in Rye on Wednesday. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES.
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