Tag: epiphany
Macedonia 19.01.22 | 17:01

Message of unity and defiance sent from the Epiphany gathering in Skopje

A dozen participants and hundreds of faithful who gathered for the Epiphany celebration in downtown Skopje today used the gathering to send out a political message to the Zaev-Kovacevski regime. The hand-selected participants in the traditional retrieving of the cross for the waters of the Vardar river...

Macedonia 19.01.22 | 14:53

The Holy Cross in Skopje was retrieved by all Epiphany participants

On the occasion of the Epiphany holiday, Archbishop Stefan lowered from the Sloboda Bridge near the Holiday Inn hotel the Holy Cross into the Vardar as part of this year’s Great Theophany Blessing of Water Epiphany tradition for believers to retrieve. The Holy Cross in Skopje was captured by all believers...

Macedonia 19.01.22 | 12:02

Preselected 10 swimmers will be retrieving cross in Vardar river

The Macedonian Orthodox Church tradition to bless the water on Epiphany, today’s religious holiday in Macedonia, and lower a cross in the Vardar with believers retrieving it afterward will be held with a preselected ten swimmers who had previously taken part in the event, according to priest Boban...

Macedonia 19.01.22 | 11:19

Mickoski: May the Epiphany holiday bring peace, tranquility, good health and prosperity to all

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski has sent an Epiphany greeting to the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, Metropolitan of Skopje, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, H.H. Stefan and all Orthodox believers, with wishes for peace, tranquility, good health and prosperity for...

Macedonia 19.01.22 | 11:10

Orthodox faithful celebrate Epiphany

Believers are celebrating Epiphany, one of the holiest days for Orthodox Christians and a religious public holiday in Macedonia, the feast in honor of Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan. The Macedonian Orthodox Church will hold its traditional Great Theophany Blessing of Water event near Skopje’s...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 16:48

Police raided the Epiphany celebration in Ohrid

Hundreds of citizens of Ohrid gathered at the Macedonia quay despite orders not to celebrate the Epiphany/Vodici holiday, and dozens leapt into the blessed waters of the lake. Police officers came to the site and were requiring citizens to provide identity papers, as the crowd sang Christian anthems. This...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 14:45

Zaev extends Epiphany greeting: This holiday strongly invites us to enlighten our minds, purify our hearts and ennoble our souls

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has sent Epiphany greeting to the Orthodox faithful in the country and the Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric. As never before, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, this holiday strongly invites us to enlighten our minds, to purify our hearts...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 12:54

Mickoski congratulates Epiphany holiday: Peace and joy in the hearts and souls of all believers, success and happiness in the homes

VMRO-DPMNE leader has sent an Epiphany greeting to the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, Metropolitan of Skopje, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, H.H. Stefan and all Orthodox believers. Epiphany symbolizes hope and certainty of salvation. In these difficult moments for...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 12:01

President Pendarovski extends Epiphany greetings

President Stevo Pendarovski has sent an Epiphany greeting to the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, Metropolitan of Skopje, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia and Justiniana Prima, H.H. Stefan. This year, unfortunately, we celebrate Epiphany – Epiphany in unusual circumstances...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 09:36

Orthodox believers celebrate Epiphany/Vodici – no throwing of the holy cross this year due to pandemic

Orthodox Christians in Macedonia celebrate Tuesday Epiphany/Vodici, the feast in honor of Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan. Traditionally, the holiday is marked with priests blessing the waters of lakes and rivers, and throwing the holy cross in them, while faithful hurry to retrieve it. It is...

Macedonia 24.12.20 | 13:04

No throwing of the holy cross for Epiphany holiday, MOC says blessing of the waters will be held in the temples

Ahead of the New Year and Christmas holidays, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric has called on the faithful to wear masks in the temples, maintain distance, and said that the Epiphany holiday should be held in the temples. In the spirit of the recommendations...

News 19.01.20 | 21:39

“Never North, Always Macedonia” chants heard during the Epiphany ceremony

The defiant chant “Never North, Always Macedonia”, used by opponents of the forced name change of Macedonia, could be heard during the main Epiphany ceremony in Skopje today. Thousands of Skopje citizens were gathered along the Vardar river to observe the blessing of its waters by Archbishop...

Macedonia 19.01.20 | 11:46

Macedonians celebrate Epiphany/Vodici

Orthodox Christians in Macedonia celebrate Epiphany/Vodici today, the feast in honor of Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan. Traditionally, the holiday is marked with priests blessing the waters of lakes and rivers, and throwing the holy cross in them, while faithful hurry to retrieve it. It is...

Macedonia 19.01.19 | 15:53

Kristijan Ninevski retrieves the holy cross in Skopje

Kristijan Ninevski from Skopje retrieved from Vardar River on Saturday the Holy Cross the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia HH Stefan cast on the waters as part of the Orthodox Epiphany celebration. This is Ninevski’s first time to fish out the crucifix despite participating in the annual Epiphany...

Macedonia 19.01.19 | 13:53

Nine year old Hristijan caught the holy cross in Debar

Nine year old Hristijan Jakovlevski from Debar caught the holy cross during today’s Epiphany celebration. He was one of the three young boys who jumped into the St. Petka church pool to retrieve the cross on the day of Christ’s baptism, which is believed will bring him good luck throughout...

Macedonia 18.01.19 | 12:13

Orthodox faithful prepare for the Epiphany cross ceremony

Across Macedonia, Orthodox Christian faithful are preparing for the Epiphany (Vodici) celebration on Saturday, when men jump into the local rivers and lakes to retrieve the holy cross. Some 140 participants announced they will jump for the cross in Skopje alone, where traditionally Archbishop Stefan...

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