The beginning of the New Year was full of snow and very cold northern winds. Nevertheless, we had one brave soul--a fireman--who was eager to jump into the pool to retrieve the cross at Theophany. Unfortunately, our parish does not have any natural bodies of water where we could perform the outdoor blessing of the waters, so we do it at the largest body of water we have--the pool at the Xenia Palace Hotel. In the photo above, you can see the snow still on the ground.
A few brave souls huddled together for the service, while others observed from the (warm) cafe above.
The wind was howling so much that we couldn't get the icon to stand up at all.
Apostolis was the only one brave enough to dive in, so there wasn't much competition. Afterwards, they hurried him off to the spa room at the hotel so that he could get dressed and get warm. Afterwards, we warmed up with some hot coffee in the cafe, and then I was off to bless houses.