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Gov’t tells Church: “Law cannot be applied as needed, sidestepped by those who disagree”

“The law cannot be applied as needed so that anyone who disagrees can sidestep it,” the government said in a response statement to the Church of Greece late on Monday. “Beyond a mere obligation, the implementation of preventive measures is also an act of social solidarity and responsibility, by all …

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Greeks celebrate Blessing the Waters and Epiphany 2020

Greek Orthodox Christians plunged into icy cold waters on Monday and sought the Holy Cross in the sea, in lakes and rivers as Greeks marked the religious feast of Epiphany on January 6. On this day, Theophany or Fota (Lights) Greeks commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan …

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Epiphany 2018: Mayor releases dead dove during Blessing the Waters (video)

Blessing the Waters and release white doves to symbolize the Holy Spirit? Greek religious ceremonies are nice if the doves are alive. In Kalamata, however, the mayor released one dove, a dead dove that fell like a rocket into the water instead of flying high in the sky and bring …

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Epiphany Cross amid freezing temperatures: a test for the real brave (videos)

The Epiphany tradition of Greek Orthodox Church turned into a real test for the faithful and brave divers this year. The cold was biting, strong winds were blowing from the North. This did not hinder the faithful divers to jump into ice-cold waters, catch the Cross and receive the blessings …

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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 …

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THE Epiphany-Video:Waves Overturn Boat with Priest

The Epiphany tradition wants Greek Orthodox priests to throw the Cross into the water and Greek Orthodox believers to jump into the cold water and catch the Cross. However this tradition had almost a fatal effect to one priest and six ambitious young divers due the rough weather in Scala …

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