We were lucky to have our recent time in Greece encompass holidays. While Christmas and New Year’s Day were both were celebrated, neither came close though to the festivities in our village of Agios Nikolaos for January 6th’s Feast of Theophany, or Epiphany.Theophany ~ the ‘showing forth of God’ or the ‘manifestation of God’
|Agios Nickolas fishing port and main road|
The season’s unusual cold spell that brought temperatures to all-time low’s and blanketed parts of the country with snow, had threatened to drive the religious celebration indoors. “If the weather is good enough it will likely take place at 10 in the morning,” we were told, ‘if it is bad it will take place in the church.”
|The procession from the church to the waterfront in Ag. Nikolaos|
|The processional - Jan. 6, 2015|
The crowd gathered around the priests and the young robed assistants took their place at the water’s edge.
One of the three would be the first to reach the Cross. That young man received a cash prize from the church. Then as tradition dictates, he added more to his ‘catch’ by taking it house-to-house and person-to-person blessing places and people who in turn made small donations – that he would get to keep.
|This year's cross-bearer conducted blessings of homes and people|
This week’s link ups are with:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Traveler’s Sandbox
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening