07 January 2014 11:11

For the first time since 1974, the Epiphany church service will take place in occupied Ayia Triada tomorrow, Monday.
Boshop of Karpasia Christoforos will give the service with the support of the priests of occupied Karpasia, Zacharias and Constantinos.
A large number of the faithful are expected to cross into the occupied areas for the ceremony which will be followed by young people diving to retrieve a cross thrown into the sea at Ayios Therissos, Yialousa.
The church service is expected to begin at 7.30am and be completed by 10.30am with the cross cast into the sea during a ceremony which will begin at 11am.
The community leader of Ayia Triada, Yiannakis Hadjiyiannis, has said that buses had been arranged from Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos early Monday morning to bring refugees from the area and others interested to the ceremony. Call 99622222 or 99403919 for more information.
Epiphany or Theofania celebrations will take place in all churches across the island Monday to mark the religious celebration, also known as the Feast of Light or Fota.
The celebration symbolises the baptism of Christ and the focal point of the festival is when young people dive to retrieve the cross which is cast into the sea by the local church priest.
To catch the cross is an honour. It is then passed around to other swimmers so that they can kiss it for a blessing. Throngs of onlookers traditionally watch the ceremony from the harbour side.
Prior to the dive, parades of religious figures, members of the National Guard and school bands will participate in some towns.
Events in all towns start in the morning at around 11am. In Larnaca and Famagusta, the Church of Cyprus and Trimithountos Bishopric will organise the official Pancyprian Epiphany celebration in Zygi (Apostolos Varnavas church).
Kiti bishopric organises Epiphany celebrations in Larnaca (Ayios Lazaros church) and Constantia-Famagusta Bishopric organises the celebrations in Ayia Napa (Panayia church).
In Nicosia, events will take place in Strovolos (Acropolis Park) and in Aglandjia (Athalassa Park).


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