Photos: Blessing of the seas in Margate 2022

Blessing of the Seas Photo Frank Leppard

Photos by Frank Leppard

The Greek/Cypriot community has celebrated the annual Blessing of the Seas in Margate today (January 9)

The event is the Greek Orthodox celebration at Epiphany marking the baptism of Christ.  Margate was chosen for the honour in the mid-20th century because there is a large community of Greek Cypriot residents in the town.

Photo Frank Leppard

It’s organised by the local Greek Orthodox Church, the community of the Archangel Michael, whose Archbishop leads the devotions.

Services begin at the Church of St Michael the Archangel and although this year there was not a procession or band the blessing was able to go ahead on Margate’s main sands.

Doves are released, prayers given and a decorated cross is hurled into the waters to be retrieved by a young diver for Archbishop Nikitas Loulias. This year Theo Pantelli braved the sea and retrieved the Cross.

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The event was attended by Margate Mayor and Mayoress Mick and Shirley Tomlinson, and MPs Sir Roger Gale and Matthew Offord.


  1. Let’s hope the celebrations were rounded off with a suitable blessing and a fine beverage . The orthodox have such amazing costumes for these festive occasions. They outdo Rome and Westminster .

    Great to see this religious event continuing with the attendance of the local great and the good .

  2. Love the Greek Orthodox Church. They are unapologetically Christian. Unlike the apologists in the C of E who would surrender 2000 tears of Judeo-Christian culture to a seventh century cult.

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