|Where:||Margate, Kent at the Church of St Michael the Archangel and the Beach|
|When:||6th January or Sunday following|
|Time:||Noon for Procession at 12.30 & ceremony 1.15 at Beach|
Margate is the setting for a Blessing of the Seas in the Greek Orthodox celebrations at Epiphany (6th January) marking the baptism of Christ. Margate was chosen for the honour in the mid-twentieth century because there is a large community of Greek Cypriot residents in the town. It’s organised by the local Greek Orthodox Church whose Archishop leads the devotions and begins at the church of St Michael the Archangel. After a short service a procession of many dignitaries in full regalia, both religious and civic, follows the piper to Marine Sands & the beach . Doves are released, prayers given and a decorated cross is hurled into the waters to be retrieved by a young diver for the Archbishop.
Expect big crowds on the Promenade. Wrap up well – it goes ahead whatever the weather! All are welcome.
In 2018 it will be on Sunday January 7th.
Click here for the Church website : http://www.grocm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=54
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