POST FALLS, Idaho — About 50 people gathered on the bank of the Spokane River on Monday to pray for the waters that flow through the region.
It’s tradition in the Orthodox Church for worshipers to commemorate the day Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan — Theophany — by the Great Blessing of Water.
“It’s not just local, this is held all over the globe,” Deacon Lawrence Hartman of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church of Spokane Valley said. “All the waters mingle together and the blessing flows through the waters of the entire world.”
“The waters saw thee and were afraid; the forerunner was seized with trembling and cried aloud saying: How shall the lamp illuminate the light? How shall the servant set his hand upon the master? O Saviour who takest away the sin of the world, sanctify both me and the waters,” the reader sang.
After the liturgy the Rev. Stephen Supica of Holy Trinity tossed a cross, which was tied to a string, into the river three times — thus blessing the water.
Then worshipers were sprinkled with the holy water, carrying the blessing back to their homes.
Theophany, also known as Epiphany, is also the culmination of the Christmas season.
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