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    Item title reads - The Blessing of the Waters. Prince Nicholas, the Patriarch and clergy of Orthodox Church, attend traditional Epiphany ceremony. Bucharest, Romania.

    L/S as clergymen in ornate robes emerge from church holding tablets of stone (?) Various shots as they all emerge into the snow and walk down some steps.

    Intertitle - 'Four peasants, in their night-shirts, retrieve consecrating cross from frozen river.' M/S as they walk along in the river watched by Prince Nicholas and the clergymen. M/S as one holds the cross up and they wade towards the side, it is handed to the clergyman and they all make their way up the bank. M/S of the men in their night-shirts looking very cold.

    Intertitle - 'the blessing of the troops concludes centuries' old custom.' M/S as the troops walk along, Prince Nicholas salutes to them. A clergyman throws incense or holy water towards them.

    M/S as Prince Nicholas gets out of his carriage and salutes, he shakes hands with officials and military officers. Note: the above story is then repeated plus the section which follows.

    M/S as clergy walk in procession followed by Prince Nicholas. Various shots as troops march past and he salutes while the clergyman blesses them. M/S of Prince Nicholas talking to soldiers while clergymen stand in the background.

    Note: there are two versions of this item within this record containing some of the same footage.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:42:00 / 01:41:17:00
    G 1573
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    G 1573
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    Religion & Politics
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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