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* Blessing of the Waters 2019 | Frankston *
Greek Orthodox Blessing of the Waters Sunday 6 January 2019 Frankston Waterfront Over 3000 people are expected to visit Frankston Waterfront, on Sunday 6 January 2019 to celebrate the annual Blessing of the Waters. Now in its 56th year, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community, this traditional Greek festival will be held at the Frankston Waterfront, including music and food with the highlight being the rush to retrieve the blessed cross, thrown from the pier into the water. The event, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Frankston and Peninsula to coincide with Epiphany Day each year, is one of the most important on the Greek community's calendar. The highlight is the rush to retrieve the blessed cross, thrown from the pier into the water as Greek tradition says the person who retrieves the cross will be blessed with good fortune for the coming year. 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. A traditional Greek festival with dancing and food will be held on the Frankston Waterfront. Free admission
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