Church hosts water blessing noon, Saturday

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by

(Jan. 10, 2014) St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host its 15th annual Epiphany & Blessing of the Waters this Saturday, Jan. 11, at noon on the beach at 91st Street.

The Blessing, known as Agiasmos, is an ancient Orthodox Christian tradition that remembers Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River and the beginning of his public ministry. When Jesus was baptized on Epiphany, he sanctified the water, and the ceremony is done in remembrance of this every year.

The church on 88th Street will hold two services, Orthos at 8:45 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m., followed by a short service on the beach. Father Zasilious Penteridis will lead the services.

Officials will toss two crosses into the ocean — one for boys to chase and the other for girls to retrieve. The two youths who find the crosses will have a blessed year, according to the tradition.

The public is invited to attend the Blessing of the Waters, a ceremony lasting about one hour. Approximately 100-150 people come each year.

For more information, call the church at 410-524-0990.

Clara discovered journalism as a freelance reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Eastern Shore News, in 2008. She spent her summers reporting from the courtroom to the marsh as a general assignment reporter for the News while finishing her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 2011, she earned a Virginia Press Association Award for her health, science and environment writing package. After a stint in press relations, Clara returned to school, earning a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012. She traveled overseas and landed as a reporter and copy editor at Ocean City Today in May of 2013.

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