Theophany Feast and Meat Festival

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 celebrated this holy day outside the church and in front of the Cross that was carved from solid ice. Fr. Ivan dipped ceremonial candles, then his right hand, and then the cross into the frigid waters and called upon the power of the Holy Spirit to bless the water. Following the blessing of water, all the faithful were invited to the parish hall to enjoy the parish hospitality, a diecious wine and a yummy shish kebab prepared by the dedicated parishioners.  The area around the church smelled with the enticing smell of shish kebab and the event attracted many people from all over. At the luncheon, after all expenses, almost six thousand dollars were raised for the humanitarian aid and medical treatment of Ukrainians injured in the war. It was a great event of Our Lord’s Baptism Solidarity and a day of Prayers for Ukraine. At the conclusion of the celebration, all tired volunteers’ and faithful heard in their hearts the Lord’s voice, “You are my beloved sons and daughters, in you I am well pleased”.