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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece celebrates Epiphany with traditional 'blessing of the waters' ceremonies

  • [01] Greece celebrates Epiphany with traditional 'blessing of the waters' ceremonies

    Greece celebrated the religious holiday of Epiphany on Saturday with the traditional "blessing of the waters" ceremony at the country's countless ports, harbours, lakes and reservoirs, with the nation's political leadership also on hand at Church masses and at the water's side.

    The most prominent service was again celebrated at the port of Piraeus' metropolitan cathedral and seafront, with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos officiating at the service, attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis, who represented the government, main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, former premier Costas Simitis and dozens of other government officials, MPs and local government office-holders. Most political leaders on hand expressed their best wishes for 2007.

    On his part, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis attended Epiphany services near his home in the east Attica coastal town of Rafina, where he expressed his best seasons for the New Year, while emphasising the need for close ties between parents and children.

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos officiated at a similar service in Istanbul, the venerable Patriarchate's seat.

    Caption: A young man emerges from the water in Spring Bayou, Florida, holding the cross in this file photo, dated Jan. 6, 2005. The cross was thrown into the water seconds earlier by Orthodox Christian priests during the annual Epiphany "blessing of the waters" service. ANA-MPA photo / D. Panagos.


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