Holy water is water that, in Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and some other churches, has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects; or as a means of repelling evil.
The use for baptism and spiritual cleansing is common among several religions, from Christianity to Sikhism and Hinduism. The use of holy water as a sacramental for protection against evil is almost exclusive to Roman Catholics
The Great Blessing of Water is held on the eve of the feast of the Theophany (January 5) and/or the feast of Theophany itself (January 6), following the Divine Liturgy. The blessing remembers the event of the Lord's baptism, the revelation of the Holy Trinity, and also expresses Orthodoxy's belief that creation is sanctified through Christ.
Jesus' baptism is commemorated in the Orthodox Church at the Feast of Theophany (literally "God shining forth"). At the Vespers of this feast, a font of holy water is typically blessed in the church, to provide holy water for the parish's use in the coming year. The next morning in some parishes, the prayers often include a trip to a nearby river, lake or other public source of drinking water, to bless that water as well. This represents the redemption of all creation as part of humanity's salvation. In the following weeks, the priest typically visits the homes of the parish's members and prays prayers of blessing for their families, homes and pets, sprinkling them with holy water. Again, this practice is meant to visibly represent God's sanctifying work in all parts of the people's lives. etc.....wikipedia
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jurek1951 (42098) 2012-01-06 1:11
Very aesthetic image, nicely composed,perfect reflection on the water,good colors and sharpness.
bayno (18342) 2012-01-06 1:12
Hi Georgios, I really like the perspective and depth, excellent light and beautiful reflections on wet road, nice colors too, have a good day, Valter
siolaw (38274) 2012-01-06 1:25
I like this "after the rain" luminosity... You also did good use of the reflections and the lined up trees for depth and perspective.
papagolf21 (85450) 2012-01-06 1:48
Bonjour, cher ami Georgios,
Très belle image avec cette immense flaque d'eau qui reflète à merveille une partie du paysage.
L'intérêt de la note d'accompagnement est réel et fort bien rédigé.
Meilleurs voeux 2012.
SnapRJW (30911) 2012-01-06 2:26
Hello Georgios - There is a lovely softness about this shot, the light is gentle and the reflections in the puddle very attractive. Best regards Rosemary
Graal (96783) 2012-01-06 2:46
nice landscape, good composition and shot. Fine reflections and colours. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
COSTANTINO (54463) 2012-01-06 3:17
Καλημερα και Χρονια πολλα,Γιωργο
Με μια φωτογραφια επικαιρη λογω των Θεοφανειων,
ομορφες αντανακλασεις και χρωματισμοι,
με πολυ κορεσμο και αρκετη ευκρεινια,
dip (23592) 2012-01-06 3:46
Χρόνια πολλά Γιώργο!
όμορφη η φωτογραφία σου και επίκαιρο το σημείωμα,
μου αρέσει η προοπτική και οι αντανακλάσεις στα λιμνάζοντα νερά του δρόμου,πολύ όμορφα και τα χρώματα επίσης,
εύχομαι ένα καλό και ευτυχισμένο 2012!
snunney (82547) 2012-01-06 3:58
A nicely composed image and gives full rein to the lovely reflections to be observed in the water on the road. The ambient light is very pleasant and the colours pleasing and natural. Very good sharpness.
mursaloglu (8520) 2012-01-06 6:00
I like the diagonal line of this picture and amazing reflection on the qater marvelous after rain scene great achievement. ihsan
ChrisJ (96654) 2012-01-06 6:25
Love the reflected blue sky & clouds in the water across the road. Good sharpness & the lack of wind was on your side for mirror like reflections. Excellent colour saturation & framing. I'd level the sea horizon. Tfs!
diomed (13926) 2012-01-06 9:10
a great shot with a minimal subject. I like the composition and the specially the sky reflected on the road.
patdeph (35748) 2012-01-06 9:58
the colors are superb, and the reflection in the water gives a nice brightness to the picture,as the white clouds in the sky. you were to lucky to have a blue acr,in perfect harmony with the sky and the water,this is a very beautiful detail.Excellent note too.
mesutilgim (83028) 2012-01-06 12:21
Hello dear Georgios,
Very nice capture related to this very special day ; 6th of January.
Good pov and perfect layout.
TFS and have a nice weekend
PS.Today I've been to the celebrations of the Epihany at the Patriarchate in Phanar. It was again amasing. In a few days I shall start posting some captures I made this morning !
Gigidusud (15133) 2012-01-06 12:45
Nice composition with beautiful colors and reflections.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-07 1:01
a spectacular photo with attractive perspective I like the composition and the beautiful environment, beautiful atmosphere with interesting note, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét Kívánok!
saxo042 (37268) 2012-01-07 2:20
The rain has provided some nice mirrors in the street here, nice reflections of the trees and the clouds. A beautiful background view.
Cretense (68687) 2012-01-07 2:20
Γεια σου Γεώργιε!
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία, φίλε, υπέροχο κάδρο, καταπληκτική προοπτική, πολύ ωραίες αντανακλάσεις! Πολύ καλή διαχείριση του φωτός και υπέροχα χρώματα!
sacimar (25975) 2012-01-07 2:46
good image and interesting way to illustrate your note, I like the composition with the beautiful sky and the reflections you captured, well seen,
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-01-07 11:37
Beautiful picture with soft light. The whole atmosphere
looking good. Well done!
All the best!
vasilpro (40933) 2012-01-08 9:57
Γεια σου Γεώργιε,
Πολύ όμορφα χρώματα και πολύ καλό το αποτέλεσμα της HDR επεξεργασίας, ιδανική η γωνιά λήψης σου με τη διαγώνιο να προσθέτει στο βάθος πεδίου που είναι πάρα πολύ καλό, το φως και η ατμόσφαιρα μετά τη βροχούλα εξαιρετικά.
Καλή βδομάδα, Βασίλης.
Silvio1953 (120608) 2012-01-09 2:18
Ciao Georgios, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, great perspective, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful pastel colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-01-10 10:30
Ola Georgios ,
Bela diagonal com esta estrada alagada , gostei muito dos reflexos , bons tons de azul , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
korbee (6617) 2012-01-13 13:08
Hallo georgios,well thee water on the road certainly makes it all very interesting to see,this is a nice and quiet looking place.
mkamionka (30220) 2012-01-14 7:54
fantastic idea to use the water puddle along the road.
It creates a very attractive reflection doubling the sky and the charming clouds. Very good processing which emphasized well the colors and sharpness.
Well seen and captured,
Sonata11 (33225) 2012-03-26 20:46
This view is striking beautiful. Colors, sharpness, clarity , an excellent POV. Breathtaking panorama of this place wonderfully, flawlessly executed. This is wondrous photo to look at with pleasure. Excellent work. I love it.
All the best,
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Polarizer Hoya 62 mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-06 1:02