St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Postcard was purchased in Tarpon Springs, Florida
How many people living in America haven't heard of Tarpon Springs and the wonderful Orthodox commemoration of Epiphany celebrated there? The one where the Blessing of the Waters take place on the day celebrating Christ's Baptism? The one where a multitude of young men dive in after the cross that is tossed into the water by the bishop or a priest? Haven't heard of it? Well, this is what is happening there tomorrow on Epiphany! So if you live close to Tarpon Springs, Florida, then I suggest a trip there! It is a day full of reverence, fun and celebration.
Invitation to the Glorious Epiphany Celebration - 2012
Image courtesy: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox ChurchSome images from last year's event:
In They Go!
Louis Pappas - 2011 Cross Retriever
A Special Blessing for the Year!
All images above courtesy: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Of course, the celebration of the Baptism of Christ and the Manifestation of the Holy Trinity is an event celebrated with reverence and joy throughout the world on this day. But the Christians of Tarpon Springs - like many countries of the world - close down their city for it; remarkable especially since throughout much of the western world this oldest of all Christian holidays is most often a normal working and school day... Well done to the citizens of Tarpon Springs, Florida!
The Baptism of Christ
Image courtesy: Icon Art
The Russian Museum
St. Petersburg, RussiaAt the close of this years Christmas Season (today - January 5th - is the 12th day of Christmas!) I wish all many blessings for a wonderful 2012!