Ohrid, 19 January 2022 (MIA) – Martin Godzhoski from Varosh is the believer who among the participating 100 swimmers retrieved the Holy Cross after it was placed into the waters of Ohrid Lake on Wednesday morning. “I’ve been jumping into the lake for almost ten years now trying to catch the cross,” Godzhoski told MIA’s Ohrid correspondent.
“It was my great wish to catch it, and now it has come true. The feeling is amazing. I think it will bring my family luck and well-being.
“To get the Holy Cross you need to go on fasts, truly be faithful, and respect the rules of the Church,” he added.
Ohrid Mayor Kiril Pecakov congratulated Godzhoski and wished all Orthodox Christian believers good luck, health and success.
This year’s Epiphany celebration continues at the Ohrid Square, with Macedonian world music band Ljubojna giving a concert.
Traditionally, the Ohrid events have attracted thousands of believers and visitors.
Because of the pandemic, however, tomorrow’s St. John the Baptist, or Fisherman’s Day, celebrations including an event serving tons of fish soup to attendees, have been canceled, MIA’s correspondent writes. mr/