Tarpon Springs 2022 Epiphany

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    Sylvia T

    The 116th annual Epiphany will take place on Jan. 6, 2022.

    Our community has commemorated Christ’s Baptism with the ceremonial cross dive for close to a century. The day begins with Orthros and Liturgy services at St. Nicholas Cathedral. Following Liturgy, a procession of clergy and faithful winds its way to Spring Bayou. Once there, the Archbishop of America blesses the waters, as throngs of believers descend upon the water’s edge.

    The Gospel of the day is then read and a white dove is released to signify the descent of the Holy Spirit. Each year, a member of the community, typically a young woman, is chosen to carry the dove in the procession. For a full list of past dove bearers, click here.

    After the dove is released, the Archbishop casts a cross into the bayou and young men dive into the waters. The one diver who retrieves the cross is considered blessed for the entire year.


    8 am – Orthros

    9 am – Archierarchail Liturgy

    Immediately Following Liturgy – Procession to Spring Bayou

    Blessing of Tarpon Springs


    Where: St Nicholas Church and Tarpon Springs Bayou
    Dates: 01/06/2022 – 01/06/2022
    Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
    Website: https://stnicholastarpon.org/
    Organizer: St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church


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