The blessing of the waters is part of the Feast of Theophany. Celebrated Jan. 6, the holy day marks the baptism of Jesus. Theophany means "appearance of God."
From left, the Rev. Constantine Valantasis of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church; Deacon Ed Brisbine of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church; the Rev. Ken Bachofsky of St. Nicholas; and the Rev. Jonathan Cholcher of St. John the Baptist Church perform the blessing of the waters of the Mahoning River Sunday afternoon near the Warren Community Amphitheatre. Photo by Ron Selak Jr.