Greek Orthodox Blessing of the Waters
Sunday 6 January 2019
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
This is a combined celebration for all Parishes in Melbourne celebrated by Their Graces Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis together with all the Clergy of Melbourne.
The Blessing of the Waters ceremony commences at 1:00pm followed by music, dancing and activities for children until late afternoon. Also, food and drink will be available at the Pier together with a variety of other stalls.
The Blessing of the Waters, Greek Orthodox ceremonies take place at Port Melbourne, Frankston and Rye each year in January.
The promise of a year's good fortune enticed scores of young Greek Orthodox men to try their luck in the annual Blessing of the Waters Ceremony. The ritual commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for 'manifestation', 'epifaniea').
The ceremony of Theofania, following Epiphany Day, culminated in Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis tossing the wooden cross into the bay. Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles.
PLEASE NOTE: The celebration has moved from Station Pier to Princes Pier (400m West of Station Pier).