Tuesday, January 5
Noon: Blessing of the Fleet at the entrance to the Sponge Exchange- Clergy will bless the fisherman, their vessels, the water in which they travel, and wish them safe and prosperous voyages. The service will occur at the Sponge Docks on the Anclote River which feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. Commercial fisherman and recreational boaters will participate.
Wednesday, January 6
8 a.m.: Orthos & Divine Liturgy Epiphany Services at St. Nicholas Cathedral, 36 N. Pinellas Ave
11:30 a.m.: Great Blessing of the Waters (Cathedral) by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.
12:15 p.m.: Traditional litany procession- Hierarchs, clergy, dignitaries and thousands of faithful onlookers will form a stirring procession to Spring Bayou, lead by altar boys, school children in traditional costumes, choir members and Greek Folk dance groups from throughout the Tampa Bay area.
The dove bearer will release the dove.
1 p.m.: Casting of the Cross- The Archbishop will cast a custom made, specially weighted, white wooden cross into the water and the young men will dive for the honor of retrieving the Holy Cross.
In a moving scene, the retriever will kneel and present the cross to the Archbishop and, in return, receive a blessing. The divers, hierarchs and clergy will return to the Cathedral for final remarks and presentations.
12:30 to 6 p.m.: Epiphany Glendi- The Epiphany Glendi (celebration) will include food, drink, live music and dancing and will be held at the St Nicholas Spanos-Pappas Community Center. There will also be displays of traditional Greek dancing. At the Glendi, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will honor the Epiphany divers and the Cross retriever.
Expect road closures beginning at approximately 10:30 am on Tuesday January 6th, 2015 for the Epiphany Celebration, detours will be till approximately 2:30 pm. The majority of vehicles will be rerouted (detoured) as followed:
Northbound on Alt 19 (Pinellas Ave) will be turned east onto Lemon St to Disston Ave.
Southbound on Alt 19 (Pinellas Ave) will be turned east onto Pine St to Disston Ave.
Tarpon Ave westbound will be detoured either north or south onto Disston Ave to Pine or Lemon to Alt 19.