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Rhodes Blessing the waters: the cry of the voiceless

Everything was set for the traditional blessing the waters ceremony. Local officials had lined at the waterfront of Rhodes port and so had done the young divers in swimming suits – eager to jump into the cold sea and catch the cross. However, the moment the priest threw the cross into the water a woman fully dressed jumped as well.

Βούτηξε με τα ρούχα στη θάλασσα και έπιασε τον Σταυρό!

60-year-old Aphroditi Vienna not only broke the Orthodox tradition that wants men to jump for the cross, she also managed to catch the cross.

“It was despair that drove the middle-aged woman into the icy waters,” local newspaper notes. Upon swimming back to the shore, the woman said, she needed money to pay back her husband’s debts.

The husband, a cancer patient, is being hospitalized in Greek capital Athens. The woman is a cleaner at Rhodes municipality. She has five children.

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  1. Obviously they are more forward thinkng on Lesvos – I posted a video of Sk. Polichnitos this morning where 2 girls 2 boys jumped in. See

  2. This totally overwhelmed me.
    I salute her.
    A good and courageous woman – and it’s quite an achievement.
    Her family and husband must be so proud of her. All right thinking Greeks are proud of her!
    She shames Samaras, Stournaras and all that shoddy crew.
    For sure Jesus is glad at this result!