On the Feast of Theophany, January 19,2014, parishioners and friends of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania gathered near the Masontown Bridge for the Sixteenth Annual Monongahela River Blessing. The St. George Choir directed by Andrea Janson sang the responses for the river side service. An ice cross prepared by Sonia Janson was placed in the river. Afterwards the group gathered at a Slava (Patronal Feast) celebration hosted by Stan and Karen Brozik at their restaurant. Each year the river blessing takes place at the time of Theophany in celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Baptism.
The celebration of Theophany is in recognition of the encompassing environmental and life-changing renewal occurring due to Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. In addition to the area parishioners and friends of the parish, for the first time Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia from Monastery Marcha, in Richfield, Ohio attended. The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church is in the Eastern American Diocese with His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN as Diocesan Bishop.
Article by Father Rodney Torbic