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So who's going swimming tomorrow?
« on: January 18, 2006, 05:42:24 PM »
Tomorrow, as we all know, is the REAL ( ;D) Feast of the Epiphany.  Who's going swimming in the old Eastern European tradition?
(I am, Chesepeake Bay!)
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Re: So who's going swimming tomorrow?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006, 06:05:37 PM »
If I were in NY with my bishop I might consider hopping into the water at the cross toss this year. Last year they jumped in even with the temp being 20 degrees. LOL.

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Re: So who's going swimming tomorrow?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006, 05:33:06 PM »
Man, that was AWESOME!!!  The weather was perfect, and we went to a great park outside Annapolis, right next to the bridge over the Chesepeake.  Water was FREEZING, but it was about 50+, so warming up after wasn't a problem... of course heated seats & a nice flask a whiskey sped the proccess. Definately well worth it, though when you can't breath from the cold when you come out from the initial plunge you might not think so.  :-D
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Re: So who's going swimming tomorrow?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006, 06:44:41 PM »
If I were in NY with my bishop I might consider hopping into the water at the cross toss this year. Last year they jumped in even with the temp being 20 degrees. LOL.

What exactly is a "cross toss?"

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Re: So who's going swimming tomorrow?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2006, 07:06:29 PM »
Ahh, well - it's when the Bishop tosses the cross in the body of water and people from the community (often children) jump in and try to get it... the belief is that the one who finds the cross will enjoy added blessings during the year...
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