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The Rev. Simon Thomas of the Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church blesses the crowd as he takes part in St. Demetrios Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.

Photo by Rob Varela, Ventura County Star

The Rev. Simon Thomas of the Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church blesses the crowd as he takes part in St. Demetrios Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.

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  • The Rev. Simon Thomas of the Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church blesses the crowd as he takes part in St. Demetrios Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.
  • Youths enter the water as they dive in to be the first swimmer to reach a wooden cross in a competition that was part of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.
  • Alex Qutami, of Agoura Hills, holds a candle as he waits to take part in a procession Sunday during the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor.
  • George Koutouras, of Oak Park, watches Minos Athanassiadis, of Agoura, hold up a wooden cross as he is the first swimmer to reach the cross in a competition that was part of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.
  • Ulysses Sklavenitis, of Westlake Village, holds up a wooden cross for spectators after he was the first swimmer of the youth competitors to reach the cross in a competition that was part of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.
  • A procession makes its way to the dock Sunday during St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor.
  • John Poulos (top left) and Vanessa Tsakrios watch Perry Bacino (left) congratulate Minos Athanassiadis, of Agoura, the first swimmer to reach a wooden cross in a competition that was part of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's Epiphany Blessing of the Water ceremony at Ventura Harbor on Sunday.

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