Greetings in the name of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We welcome you to the website of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The purpose of this website is to provide an introduction to the Orthodox Church and to our parish, and to provide resources for our members. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and always welcome visitors to our services, which are all in English. If you are a first-time visitor or have any questions regarding the Orthodox Church or our parish, please feel free to contact our priest. We invite you to browse this website, and to "come and see," joining us in worship of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Let’s Learn More About Theophany...
A common tradition in Russian Orthodox churches is a ritual baptismal-type bath into icy waters which have been blessed by the clergy on the Feast of Epiphany (Theophany). The "Jordan" cross-shaped ice holes (evoking Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River) through which Orthodox worshipers submerge themselves is a rite of cleansing purification. This ritual, which evokes the image of a believer's own baptism when he or she first became a Christian, is a re-dedication of one’s life to Jesus Christ.
Here is a great video about the Tarpon Springs Celebration