Dejan Arsovski from Dracevo, Skopje caught Saturday the Holy Cross that the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church HH Stefan threw in the waters of river Vardar on occasion of Epiphany in Skopje.
Thirty-five years old Arsovski participated for the first time at cross-throwing ceremony in Skopje. He said that he jumped today for his son who is one year old and he expected the Holy Cross to bring him happiness, health and success in the work.
HH Stefan, PM Nikola Gruevski and Skopje Mayor Koce Trajanovski congratulated Arsovski who was given household appliances, golden coin and blessed icon.
Epiphany liturgy began Saturday morning in “St. Dimitrija” church in Skopje. The Head of Macedonian Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia HH Stefan performed the Great Theophany Blessing of Water, dipping the Holy Cross and blessing the water of the river Vardar after that 173 believers jumped into the river and tried to catch the Holy Cross. The youngest participant in the ceremony was the 15-year-old Filip Lazarevski.
It is considered that the one who catches the cross will enjoy happiness, health and welfare all year long.
The traditional ceremony of throwing the Holy Cross was held throughout Macedonia, with the largest event in Ohrid.
The holiday marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus.