01-09-11 - Anthony Bussa ,16, of Rossmoor Calif., is blessed by Metropolitan Gerasimos of of San Francisco ,right, after Bussa retrieved a cross when young members of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church jump into the frigid waters off of Mothers Beach in Long Beach. The ceremony was part of the Epiphany Celebration, where young people ages 12-18 dive into the water to retrieve a cross. The traditional Greek ceremony is usually held on Jan. 6, symbolizes the baptism of Jesus Christ. The church has been celebrating the event for the past 59 years.
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