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Tarpon Springs Greek community celebrates Epiphany

57 young divers braved the chilly water of Spring Bayou for an opportunity of a year of blessings.
Christian Chrysakis reacts after finding the cross during Epiphany at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The celebration in Tarpon Springs is often called the largest Epiphany celebration in the Western Hemisphere. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Published Jan. 6, 2018
Updated Jan. 6, 2018
Cross divers Florjan Mucaj, 18, right, hugs Elias Klimis, 18, to keep warm before the 2018 Epiphany celebration at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Presbytera Katerina lights a candle for loved ones in need of prayers during the 2018 Epiphany celebration at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Presbytera Katerina is married to a priest and was given the Greek title of honor "Presbytera." GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Girls in traditional Greek clothing walk in a procession to the Spring Bayou during the 2018 Epiphany celebration near St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Kiersten Spanos, 15, a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church's choir, holds a dove during the 2018 Epiphany celebration at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Spectators watch divers from the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church retrieve a cross from the from the Spring Bayou during the 2018 Epiphany celebration Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Cross divers pray with Metropolitan Alexios Panagiotopoulos of Atlanta before retrieving the cross from the Spring Bayou during the 2018 Epiphany celebration Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Cross divers wait for the cross to be thrown during Epiphany at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Saturday, January 6, 2018. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Cross divers look for the cross after it was thrown into the Spring Bayou during Epiphany celebration Saturday, January 6, 2018. The celebration in Tarpon Springs is often called the largest Epiphany celebration in the Western Hemisphere. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Christian Chrysakis, 18, cries while clutching a cross after retrieving it from the Spring Bayou during the 2018 Epiphany celebration near St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times
Christian Chrysakis receives a hug from a fellow diver after finding the cross during Epiphany at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Saturday, January 6, 2018. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Christian Chrysakis, 18, cries as he is carried from the Spring Bayou after retrieving the cross during the 2018 Epiphany celebration Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times

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