ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
The Office of Rev. Fr. Gary Kyriacou
Church: 3100 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
Mailing Address: PO Box 1970, Camarillo, CA 93011
805-443-3376 Fr. Gary cell
Visit our website at www.saintdem.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2014
EPIPHANY CELEBRATION TO TAKE PLACE AT VENTURA HARBOR
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015 - ALL ARE WELCOME!
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is planning its annual Epiphany Celebration and Blessing of the Waters Ceremony at 12 noon on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Ventura Harbor.
The feast day of Epiphany commemorates Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan by St. John the Baptist.
After Sunday services at St. Demetrios, the entire congregation and guests from all over Southern California gather dockside outside the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant in Ventura Harbor. Prayers are recited over the ocean asking the Lord to bless the ocean, protect those that sail on it, provide temperate weather and guard the faithful. A large cross is dipped into the harbor’s water and a dove is released to symbolize the descent of the Holy Spirit.
While prayers are read and the choir chants, there are two separate dive-for-the cross events: one for kids 12 and up, and one for adults. For each dive, Fr. Gary Kyriacou throws a cross into the ocean and the group of divers plunge into the frigid harbor waters and swim toward it, hoping to reach and retrieve it first. A prayer is read over the youth and adult who come up with the cross; they are believed to have special blessings the rest of the year. Another prayer is said over all the divers who were brave enough to compete in the event.
A celebratory meal and party with music and dancing follow the ceremony at the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant. The public is welcome at all aspects of the Epiphany Celebration, and tickets for the after-party at the Greek at the Harbor are available by calling the St. Demetrios Church office at (805) 482-1273. If you are just interested in watching the Blessing of the Waters and Dive for the Cross outside, it is recommended you arrive at Ventura Harbor by 11:30 am.
PHOTO OP AT 11:45 am, Sunday, January 11, 2015 on the dock outside the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant in Ventura Harbor
AMERICAN PICNIC POTLUCK
celebrate the end of summer
Tuesday, August 26th at 12 Noon
St. Demetrios (Holy Library) Community Hall
iced tea, soda pop and coffee will be provided
Suggestions to bring...
hot dogs and rolls with trimmings
potato salad, tossed salad, fruit salad, vegetables, etc.
desserts (apple pie, ice cream, etc.)
We will play our usual Bingo with some new moves. NO potato sack races!!
Due to our temporary kitchen, please bring potluck dishes ready to serve.
There will also be a discussion regarding the VIP treasury
For additional info:
Carrie Nicholeris at 632-2865
VIP Seniors are an active, adult social group at St. Demetrios. All are welcome to come join in the fun and bring something to share! Your age is not as important as your ability to join in and have a good time.