New York's Theophany 2014

On Sunday, January 6/19, 2014, the faithful of the Cathedral of St. Markella in Astoria, NY, and St. Isidoros Greek Orthodox Church in Long Island, NY, celebrated the Feast of Theophany, the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, at the Cathedral of St. Markella. Celebrating the Divine Liturgy were His Eminence, Metropolitan Pavlos, and His Grace, Bishop Demetrius of Boston, along with Fr. Theodoros Giannakopoulos, Fr. Nectarios Socrates, Fr. Epiphanios Antoniou, and Fr. Nicholas Seregos from St. Isidoros, as well as Archdeacon Agathangelus and Hierodeacon Theologos from Holy Ascension Monastery in Bearsville, NY.

Following the Divine Liturgy, the Blessing of the Waters was performed at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, with young men diving into the Hudson River to retrieve the Cross.

Below, please find pictures from the event, as well as a video.

Video: Theophania 2014 at Battery Park - NYC

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