Good enlightenment to souls and homelands, wished the President of the Republic, President of the House of Representatives, Annita Dimitriou, during the official celebration of Saint Theophany, which took place with traditional splendor in Paphos. < /b>
The center of the celebration was the Holy Church of Agioi Anargyros, where the elected Archbishop George presided over the High Priestly Divine Liturgy and performed the Great Consecration of the Epiphanies. Afterwards, the established procession was formed, which ended at Limanaki of Kato Paphos, where the waters were consecrated by the immersion of the Holy Cross.
The procession was accompanied by the Philharmonic Bands of the National Guard and the Cyprus Police. .
The procession passed through Agapinoros, Ikarou, Konstantias, Theoskepastis and Alcmenis streets and through Poseidonos and Apostolou Pavlou Avenues, it ended up at the pier in Limanaki.
The -elected Archbishop of Cyprus George said in his statements that together with the Happy Birthday for everyone, he also wished enlightenment for all of us, for our rulers, for our people, for all of us so that with this divine illumination we can get rid of from our passions but also from the Turkish occupation.
Besides, in his speech after the ceremony of the immersion of the Holy Cross, he mentioned that Christ's descent into the nature of the waters means the release of people from all bonds of slavery. Slavery to sin and slavery to our passions, as he said. He also wished from the bottom of our hearts that all of us would be blessed with this freedom, freedom from sin as well as from the shackles of the Turkish occupation. So, he continued, that one day very soon we will be able to sanctify the waters in our occupied parts and that all of us in Cyprus will be able to glorify our God and hymn his Holy name.
Besides, the President of the Republic, President of the House of Representatives, Annita Dimitriou, wished from the bottom of her heart good enlightenment to souls and homelands. However, a special note was given this year by the presence of two Ukrainian women, Larisa and Marina, who, defying the cold and accustomed, as they said, to the temperatures of their homeland, fell into the icy waters of Paphos.
At the same time, Limassol celebrated with splendor today the Epiphany, with the divine service and the immersion of the Holy Cross, in the sea area of the old port of the city.
The Divine Liturgy, in the Holy Church of Agia Napa, said the Metropolitan of Limassol Athanasios, in the presence of MPs and the local authorities, while he marched towards the wharf of the old port, to the sounds of the philharmonic of the Municipality of Limassol and to the accompaniment of a salute by the National Guard.
Having the good weather as an ally, dozens of citizens dived into the sea to grab the Cross and receive the blessing of the Metropolitan of Limassol.
Far from Famagusta
Friday was celebrated today in the Holy Church of Panagia Agia Napa January 6, the celebration of the Epiphany and the Consecration of the Waters.
In a written announcement by the Municipality it is stated that “the Divine Liturgy was performed by Archimandrite Augustinos Karas and attended by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yannis Karousos, the Mayor of Ayia Napa, members of the Municipal Council, MPs, representatives of the Army, the Police, the political parties and organized sets”.
Addressing the congregation, Archimandrite Augustinos Karas said that “we cannot hide the deep hurt that causes us the fact that today we celebrate the consecration in our city and province and we cannot celebrate the consecration of the waters in Famagusta, our sea-loving city that it is deeply rooted in our soul”.
The wish and hope of all of us, he continued, “is that Christ, who is prominent in the world, enlightens all people and above all those who direct the affairs of the world, that they are not led from other interests, but to inculcate in the pain and sorrow of a people who for 48 years have been undergoing this test, so that with God's help we can not only perform today's service but also function in all the churches of our province and the whole of occupied Cyprus “.
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