SOFIA, Bulgaria | The Latest: Orthodox men dive for cross in Istanbul’s waters
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Jan 06, 2019—The Latest on celebrations of Epiphany (all times local):
Dozens of Orthodox men dove into Istanbul’s cold waters to retrieve a cross to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I led worshippers in the Epiphany, throwing a blessed wooden cross into the Golden Horn inlet.
Michalis Voznakidis from Greece took the cross and the men kissed it before coming ashore.