Preparations for 114th Epiphany Celebration begins with Archbishop arrival in Tampa

Pinellas County

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WFLA) – Excitement is in the air as the 114th Epiphany Celebration nears in Tarpon Springs.

The Archbishop Elpidophoros of America arrived at Tampa International Airport Sunday afternoon ahead of Monday’s celebration.

He was greeted by school children, clergy and Orthodox Christians.

The Archbishop expressed his excitement for this year’s celebration.

“I want to express my joy and happiness that I am with you for the first time as archbishop and I will participate for first time in Epiphany in Tarpon Springs,” he said.

Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus. In Tarpon Springs, young Greek boys will dive into the bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by the archbishop.

It’s said the teen who finds the cross will be blessed with good luck for the year.

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