King Constantine of Greece went to Piraeus, the port of Athens, today (Friday) for the annual Blessing of the Waters' ceremony.
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Background: King Constantine of Greece went to Piraeus, the port of Athens, today (Friday) for the annual Blessing of the Waters' ceremony.
The Blessing of the Waters is a centuries old tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Bishop of Piraeus, Monsignor Chrysostomos, wearing splendid gilded robes and a jewelled tiara, led a procession of clergymen bringing the Holy Cross to the water's edge.
Greece's new Prime Minister, Mr. Paraskevopoulos was at the ceremony with King Constantine. Last year, both the King and government leaders boycotted the ceremony because of a crisis in Church-State relations.
But today they were all there to see Monsignor Chrysostomos cast the golden Holy Cross, attached to silk ribbon, into the harbour and bless the waters and all who sail on them.