Greek church celebrates Christ’s baptism

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo will celebrate Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River with a special celebration in front of the Greek at the Harbor restaurant, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, at 12:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 7.

After Sunday’s liturgy, the church’s congregation will meet at the harbor where the Rev. Gary Kyriacou will offer prayers to bless the ocean, protect those that sail, provide temperate weather and protect the faithful. A dove, symbolizing the descent of the Holy Spirit, will be released, and Kyriacou will dip a large cross into the water.

Following the prayers, boys and girls ages 12 to 19 will dive into the water to retrieve a large, white cross thrown into the harbor by Kyriacou. The one who retrieves the cross receives special blessings for the year.

Lunch is planned afterward at the Greek. Those who wish to attend must buy a ticket. For more information, call (805) 443-3376.