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Annual blessing of Ohio River scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday

A scene from last year's event -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — A Pan-Orthodox Ohio River Blessing will be held at the Steubenville Marina at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The parishes involved in the blessing include St. Nicholas and All Saints Orthodox Churches in Weirton, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Steubenville and the Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain in Martins Ferry along with other clergy and faithful from surrounding areas.

The blessing is done in conjunction with the Feast of Holy Theophany where Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan River whereby sanctifying the waters. This third river blessing and service has become an annual January event, bringing together the Orthodox churches and their faithful for a joint service, a spokesperson noted.

“In the event of inclement weather, check with your parish priest or visit the St. Nicholas Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StNicholasOC26062 to check the status of the event,” the spokesperson added.

For information, contact the Rev. Andrew Nelko at (304) 723-3383.

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