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River blessed

Warren Scott

Clergy and members of several Orthodox churches gathered at the observation pier of the Steubenville Marina Sunday for a blessing of the Ohio River delivered as part of the Feast of Holy Theophany and a remembrance of Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River. Leading the joint service, in its fifth year, were the Rev. Andrew Nelko of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Weirton, the Very Rev. Stavrophor Rajko Kosic of Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Steubenville, the Rev. Michael Ziebarth of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain of Martins Ferry, the Rev. John Kopcha of St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church of Mingo Junction, the Rev. Frank Milanese of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton and the Rev. Demetrios Tskikouris of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church of Wheeling. During the service three ice crosses, representing the Holy Trinity, were tossed into the river.

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