Iva Zimova

Skala Skymianis, Lesbos, Greece

Priest of the Skala Sikaminias church Nikodimos holds the cross as he recounts prayers during the celebration of Epiphany (Theofania or Fota), marked across Greece each year on January 6. It commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. During Theofania, priests bless the waters by throwing a cross into a sea, lake or river while many brave swimmers jump into the cold waters to retrieve it and get the priest's blessing for the year. According to the Greek Orthodox Church, on that day a miracle happens as the nature of water changes and becomes incorrupt.

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Iva Zimova
Skala Skymianis, Lesbos
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