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The pageantry of Epiphany unfolds

By Times staff
Published January 4, 2007


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[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]
Jack Vasilaros, a student at Calvary Christian High School, captured the cross last year.

  • Coverage of the 100th Epiphany

  • Tarpon Springs celebrates its 101st Epiphany on Saturday with events that mark the baptism of Jesus.

    It begins at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N Hibiscus St., Tarpon Springs, followed by a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Once the church services are finished, the traditional procession of clergy, altar boys, children dressed in Greek costumes and cross divers - accompanied by the Tarpon Springs High School Band and choirs from Tampa Bay area Greek Orthodox churches - parades along Orange Avenue, south on Ring Avenue and west on Tarpon Avenue to Spring Bayou.

    About noon, the cross dive - the part of the celebration that thousands gather to watch - takes place at Spring Bayou. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will bless the waters, a dove will be released, and young men ages 16 to 18 will dive for the cross. The retrieval of the cross is considered a source of God's abundant blessings and grace.

    The cross diving will be followed at 1 p.m. by the Epiphany Glendi (festival), with food, music and dancing in nearby Craig Park. Admission is $2. (727) 937-3540, www.epiphanycity.org.

     

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    [Last modified January 3, 2007, 14:43:23]


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