Margate’s ‘blessing of the seas’

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Margate’s ‘blessing of the seas’
 © Parikiaki 2019
Scores of Greek Orthodox Christians flocked to Margate on Sunday 6th January 2019 for an annual celebration marking the baptism of Jesus. The ‘blessing of the seas’ ceremony has taken place every year in the Kent town since the 1960s. Crowds gathered in the Greek Orthodox Church of St Michael the Archangel in Westbrook for a service presided by the Right Reverent Athanasios Bishop of Tropaeou, The Blessing of the Waters takes place in Greek Orthodox communities throughout the world.

Margate was the first Greek Cypriot community to re-enact this traditional ritual in...


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Margate’s ‘blessing of the seas’


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