Tarpon Springs Epiphany

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Winner of Epiphany Cross

The 118th annual Epiphany will take place on Jan. 6, 2024.

Our community has commemorated Christ’s Baptism with the ceremonial cross dive for over a century. The day begins with Orthros and Liturgy services at St. Nicholas Cathedral. Following Liturgy, a procession of clergy and faithful winds its way to Spring Bayou. Once there, the Archbishop of America blesses the waters, as throngs of believers descend upon the water’s edge.

The Gospel of the day is then read and a white dove is released to signify the descent of the Holy Spirit. Each year, a member of the community, typically a young woman, is chosen to carry the dove in the procession. Chloe Kotis was named the 2024 Epiphany Dove Bearer. For a full list of past dove bearers, click here.

After the dove is released, the Archbishop casts a cross into the bayou and young men dive into the waters. The one diver who retrieves the cross is considered blessed for the entire year.


8 am – Orthros and Devine Liturgy
Immediately Following Devine Liturgy, Procession to Spring Bayou
Blessing of Tarpon Springs – Dove Release
Dive for the Cross


Where: St Nicholas Church and Tarpon Springs Bayou
Dates: 01/06/2024 - 01/06/2024
Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Website: https://stnicholastarpon.org/
Organizer: St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Email: [email protected]

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