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Feast of the Theophany is Celebrated in Vancouver (Photos)

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Members of the Greek-Orthodox community of  Vancouver, CANADA celebrated the Feast of the Theophany, AKA Epiphany with the traditional tossing of the cross into the sea. Despite the rainy weather the faithful gathered at English Bay where Father Nikolaos Sideras tossed the cross. The brave and devout youth of the community then plunged into the frigid water to retrieve it.

Mike Fraser swims back with the cross after going into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mike Fraser kisses a cross held by Father Nikolaos Sideras after he swam into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Colubia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mike Fraser, centre, emerges with the cross after he swam into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Elijah Panagiotopoulos, centre, emerges with the cross after beating out Paul Tzotzolis, right, both 11, after they swam into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Father Nikolaos Sideras pours holy water into the English Bay as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Paul Tzotzolis, front, and Elijah Panagiotopoulos, who emerged victorious, both 11, vie for the cross after they swam into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mike Fraser swims back with the cross after going into the English Bay to retrieve it as members of the Greek Orthodox community gather for the Epiphany cross dive, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Father Nikolaos Sideras, centre, carries a cross as he leads members of the Greek Orthodox community to the water at Kitsilano Beach for the Epiphany cross dive in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

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