On the 19th January – Vodici is the day on which according to Christian tradition, Sveti Jovan Krstitel (St. John the Baptist) baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River.
On this day, priests throw a ritual cross into water – either the ocean, river, lake or pool, and people jump into the water and try to catch the cross. It is thought that on that day all waters are baptized and that the one who will catch the cross will have luck the next year.
The Vodici program for tomorrow in Geelong (19th Jan 2022) is as follows:
– 9.00am – Traditional Church service for “Vodici”
– Followed by donations (auction) for individual ikons
– 12 noon – Throwing of the Cross:
– Traditional lunch and refreshments will then be provided for our participating parishioners in our Community Centre
– The throwing of the cross will be conducted on the church grounds, the same as last year
– All children 12 and under are invited to take on the challenge to catch the cross thrown by the Priest for good luck
– Masks must be worn whilst inside the church and main hall.
– All are welcome to celebrate this great annual religious milestone for our local community
We thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
Reminder: Thursday 20th Jan 9.30am – Church Service – Sobor na Sv Jovan Krtsitel