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Wearing their stefana (wedding crowns) and holding their candles, Pete and Renee Korfiatis kneel as Father Vasileios Tsourlis marries them in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

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Reverend Tryfon Theophilopoulos (1935-2005) celebrates Easter at St. Nicholas in 2004. Father Tryfon was assigned to St. Nicholas in December 1975. He was loved by the community, whom he served with wisdom and devotion for 30 years. The resurrection…

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Kalotina Mougros shows children how to make lazarakia at St. Nicholas Cathedral’s Father Tryfon Hall in 2009. People bake lazarakia, small spice breads in the form of Lazarus, on the Saturday before Holy Week to commemorate Christ raising Lazarus…

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Mercury “Bill” Paskalakis (1935-2010) and Bartolomew, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, with the cross made for Epiphany divers for the 100 year anniversary of the celebration of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs. Paskalakis taught shop classes…

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Members of a dance group wait with Father Kalariotes to see Vice-President Spiro Agnew on October 31, 1968. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral has long taught and sponsored Greek dance groups composed of church youth as part of their ministry.…

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The Greek Community Little League Team was sponsored by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In 1966, the team included, front row Theo Karaphillis, Nick Karaphillis, Nick Faklis, Cam Gause, Gause, George Lontakos, Steve Koulias; middle row David…

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Decorated with hundreds of lilies, the tomb of Christ, or kouvouklion, is displayed in front of the altar inside St. Nicholas on Holy Friday in this image dating from the late 1940s. Young women from the parish decorate the kouvouklion on Friday…

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As befits the most important day in the Greek Orthodox calendar, Easter traditions are extensive. On Holy Friday the kouvouklion, representing the tomb of Christ, is decorated by young parishioners. Friday night it is carried from the church in a…

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Father Elias Kalariotes of St. Nicholas performing the annual blessing of the fleet ceremony on the Sponge Docks on the day before Epiphany, January 5, 1970. He boarded each boat and sprinkled holy water as he chanted the blessing. He also blessed…

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Theophilos Katras showing the cross that he retrieved from Spring Bayou during the ceremonies on Epiphany, January 6, 1941. The young man who finds the cross is greeted with cheers of delight, then carried on his friends’ shoulders back to St.…

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Youths diving for cross in Spring Bayou on epiphany, January 6, 1941. About 50 youths dive from a semi-circle of dinghies. When a lucky young man finds the cross, he shoots up through the water, triumphantly holding it above his head.

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Residents and visitors at Spring Bayou wait for the annual cross dive during the Epiphany celebration of 1937. Before 1956, the Archbishop, priests, and choir would board a barge that would take them to the center of Spring Bayou. The Archbishop…

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Tarpon Springs’ Epiphany celebration is the largest and most widely known in the U.S. Epiphany commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, when the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. This 1914 image is one of the earliest of an…

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Outside St. Nicholas Church, mourners pose for a photo with the deceased before the burial, circa 1920s. At the time, it was a widely accepted practice to photograph the deceased. Especially in the case of immigrants, this might be the only glimpse…

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Uncle and godfather Theophilos Samarkos hands young Anna Tsoukalas Billiris to Father Constantinos Raptis for her immersion into the baptismal font at St. Nicholas in 1956. Baptism marks the entry of the child into the church, and usually occurs a…

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Father Karaphillis presided at the wedding of his daughter Helen Karaphillis and George Jordan in July 1935 at the original St. Nicholas Church. Greek Orthodox weddings are particularly rich in tradition. For instance, the stefana (crowns linked with…

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Altar boys at St. Nicholas take time out from their duties to pose with Father Constantinos Raptis, Bishop Germanos, and Nikitas Manias on April 21, 1966. They are, front row Jim Krouskos, Skevos Koulias, Costa Tsalickis, Nikitas Lulias, Bill…

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Louis Peronis (1884-1948), master candle maker, in a miniature candle factory in the basement of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, putting finishing touches on a 4-foot candle weighing 15 pounds that later sold for $75, January 6, 1947. It was…

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Archbishop Athenagoras and Father Karaphillis at the consecration of the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in 1943. Chanter Vasile Faklis is on the far right behind Father Karaphillis. Completed at the height of World War II, it replaced the…
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