Theophany Feast

On the feast day of Theophany, following the Divine Liturgy, the Great Blessing of the Water took place at Assumption Catholic Church in Perth Amboy, NJ. This year, the faithful together with their pastor Fr. Ivan Turyk celebrated this holy day outside the church and in front of the Cross that was carved from solid ice. The feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, as well as the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. It also marks the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. Following the blessing of water, all the faithful were invited to the church hall to enjoy the parish hospitality, homemade vine and yummy shish kebab luncheon. At the luncheon three thousand dollars were raised for the military medical center in the town of Irpin, Kyiv region, where the wounded Ukrainian soldiers are being treated. At the conclusion of our celebration and a luncheon that raised funds for our soldiers in Ukraine, we all in our hearts heard the Lord’s voice, “You are my beloved sons and daughters, in you I am well pleased.