Blessing of the Waters video 2017

Check out our Vimeo channel for some beautiful footage of the "Blessing of the Waters" as celebrated by the Greek Orthodox community of Melbourne. The ritual of Theophany, the Feast of Christ’s Baptism is celebrated by Orthodox communities around the world every January 6th -- in Melbourne it takes place on the Frankston Pier, surrounded by a lively festival atmosphere and plenty of local fishing boats. Accompanied by traditional Byzantine chant all the waters of the Earth are symbolically blessed, culminating in the emotionally-charged retrieval of the cross from the sea, bringing these blessings back into the community. (video by Catherine Schieve, 2017)