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2014 Tarpon Springs Epiphany Schedule

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The 2011 Epiphany cross dive. Photo by Sue Thomas The 2011 Epiphany cross dive. Photo by Sue Thomas

Sunday January 5

Blessing of the Fleet: 1:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod and Rev. Fr. Vaseleos Tsourlis of New Port Richey and clergy will bless the fisherman, their vessels and the water in which they travel and wish then safe and prosperous journeys.

Monday, January 6

Epiphany Observances: 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 36 N. Pinellas Ave.

Hierarchal Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 36 N. Pinellas Ave.

Blessing of the Waters: 12 p.m. at Spring Bayou

Traditional Litany Procession to Spring Bayou: 12:30 p.m. begins at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 36 N. Pinellas Ave. Following the Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Demetrios, hierarchs, clergy, dignitaries, school children in costume, choir members and Greek Folk dance groups will form a procession from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral to Spring Bayou for the cross dive.

Dove Release and Dive for the Cross: 1 p.m. at Spring Bayou. The Dove Bearer will release a dove that symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The Archbishop will then cast a white cross in the water. 43 young men waiting in dinghies on Spring Bayou will dive for the cross. The diver who retrieves the cross will kneel before the Archbishop for a blessing.

Epiphany Glendi Festival: The Glendi Festival will be held at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center located at 348 Pinellas Ave. following the Dive for the Cross. The free festival includes food, drink, live music and traditional Greek dancing. The Archbishop will honor the Epiphany divers and cross victor who will also attend.

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