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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Epiphany

Epiphany comes from the Greek word, Epiphania, which means 'to show', 'make known' or 'reveal'
Throughout Greece it is celebrated by a priest blessing a cross and throwing it into the sea three times. This is to remember the 3 miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ.
Each time the cross is thrown in, young men dive into the sea to retrieve it. They are then blessed by said priest and receive an icon each. Notice everyone else are wearing warm clothing..
The weather was warm and sunny this morning but by the timeI drove home we had a thunder storm...
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10 comments:

Cheryl said...

I love the pics. We missed our local ceremony due to rain and us feeling a little under the weather. Next year...:)

sukipoet said...

Thanks for showing us this ceremony, so "old world." Fascinating really and the beauty of the place!!!!

soulbrush said...

how interesting, thanks so much for the pics.

Artist Unplugged said...

What an interesting lesson! So fascinating to hear about other countries' customs. Thank you for sharing the photos.

Lynn said...

Interesting traditions world wide.
Burrr am cold looking at the swimmers.

jennyflower said...

I'd have problems keeping off unclean thoughts with all those tones torsos!

katie jane said...

How interesting! Thanks so much for giving me this epiphany! I love it.

Jackie said...

I love all these glimpses of Greek life you give us. Thanks

Blu said...

Thanks for explaiming a bit more about Cretan culture. Those pictures reminded me of Elounda.

Cynthia said...

What an interesting post. I want to return and look around your blog some more.I just came over from sukipoet by way of Puerto Rico. We celebrate 3 Kings Day here on Epiphany. Glad to find you.