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Greek Church will maintain beach blessing tradition Sat.

(Jan. 11, 2013) St. George Greek Orthodox Church’s 14th annual Epiphany & Blessing of the Waters, an ancient Orthodox Christian tradition, will take place Saturday, Jan. 12.

Services will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the church on 88th Street in Ocean City.

The Divine Liturgy will be presided by Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey. His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos is the metropolitan and spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey. The Metropolis is comprised of more than 50 parishes in New Jersey, the greater Philadelphia area, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The Blessing of the Waters will follow immediately after on the beach at 90th Street. It will start between noon and 1 p.m., according to event coordinator Mike Vasilikos, depending on when the services at the church end.

The blessing was originally scheduled at the pier near the inlet in downtown Ocean City. Plans changed after the pier was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The purpose of the Blessing the Waters (Agiasmos) is to remember Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River and the beginning of His public ministry. Two crosses will be tossed into the ocean. Boys will chase one, and girls will retrieve the other. The two youths who find the crosses will have a blessed year.

The public is invited to attend the service and Blessing of the Waters. Approximately 100-150 people attend annually, Vasilikos said.

For more information, call 410-524-0990.


Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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