Greek Orthodox "Blessing of the Waters" - Frankston Pier, Melbourne /  January 2017

Catherine Schieve

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)

Greek Orthodox Church ceremony: Blessing the Waters, Melbourne Australia - January 2017