Message From +Bishop Christodoulos On Orthodox Epiphany in New York's Harbor
The Holy Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox
Old Calendar Church of America
Cathedral of St. Markella
22-68 26th Street * Astoria, NY 11105
THEOPHANIA (Epiphany) at South Street Seaport
The Holy Metropolis is pleased to announce that for the fifth year in succession the blessing of the waters for Theophania (Epiphany) 2006 will again occur at the South Street Seaport, in New York City.
On Thursday January 19, 2006, following Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Markella, Metropolitan PAVLOS, who is the Archbishop of America, will lead the clergy and faithful to the seaport where he will conduct a service to bless the waters of the great city. He will complete the blessing by casting a Cross into the icy waters. This symbolizes the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan at the hands of St. John the Baptist. Dozens of young men, will dive into the harbor hoping to reach the Cross first and return it to the Archbishop.
The ancient and holy Greek Orthodox Christian ritual, dating from the time of the Emperors in Byzantium, will be witnessed by the people of New York through the cooperation of the local authorities.
The Holy Metropolis invites everyone to come witness this glorious and joyful Holy Tradition together with the clergy and faithful from the Cathedral. It is expected that the solemn procession to the seaport will begin at 1 P.M. from the corner of Water and Fulton Streets. The procession will be lead by the Monaghan Bag-Pipe Band.
Buses from the Cathedral in Astoria will be available with a required reservation. For directions by public transportation or automobile, contact my office at the Cathedral.
God be with you,