A group from Holy Cross Orthodox Church participated in an outdoor Blessing of the Water ceremony Sunday at High Point City Lake Park. "It is traditional for Orthodox Churches all over the world to bless water on the feast of Theophany (Epiphany) in commemoration of the baptism of Christ," the Rev. Christopher Foley says. In addition to blessing water in the church, he says, it is common to bless an outside body of water by throwing a cross into the water accompanied by hymns and prayers.

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