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    The Bishop of Attica, Monsignor Chrissostomos, assisted by the whole of his clergy, on Saturday (6 January) conducted the traditional Blessing of the Waters ceremony at Piraeus, the Port of Athens.

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    The Bishop of Attica, Monsignor Chrissostomos, assisted by the whole of his clergy, on Saturday (6 January) conducted the traditional Blessing of the Waters ceremony at Piraeus, the Port of Athens.

    The Regent Premier, George Papadopoulos was expected to attend, and strict security measures were taken. But the Premier failed to arrive and his place was taken by the Deputy Premier, Nicholas Makarezos.

    Similar ceremonies take place all over Greece at Epiphany, and at Piraeus the service was attended by leaders of the armed forces, senior civil servants and foreign diplomats as well as a large crowd of citizens.

    At the end of the ceremony, the Bishop threw a cross into the sea three times, and when it was retrieved for the last time it was kissed by the Deputy Premier and Cabinet Ministers.

    SYNOPSIS: The Bishop of Attica, Monsignor Chrissostomos, assisted by the whole of his clergy, on Saturday conducted the traditional Blessing of the Waters ceremony at Piraeus, the Port of Athens. Similar ceremonies take place throughout all of Greece at the time of Epiphany.....the Feast of the Three Kings.

    At Piraeus strict security measures were applied, and the Regent Premier, George Papadopoulos was expected to attend. But the Premier failed to arrive and his place was taken by his deputy, Nicholas Makarezos.

    The ceremony near Athens was attended by senior civil servants, leaders of the armed forces and foreign diplomats as well as large crowds of citizens.

    As the ceremony came to an end the Bishop threw a Holy Cross with a white ribbon attached into the sea three times. Nearby ships traditionally sound their whistles during this part of the proceedings.

    Three times the cross was immersed,and three times it was retrieved.....after the final retrieval it was kissed by the Deputy Premier and Senior Cabinet Ministers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5BP8OS831S9CN3VUZ4XJ8WKUW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5BP8OS831S9CN3VUZ4XJ8WKUW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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