Theophany Blessing of the Waters
Parishioners from St. Orthodox Lawrence Christian Church participated in the annual procession to the San Lorenzo River for the blessing of the waters, January 6, 2020.
Each year at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy the entire parish begins a procession through downtown Felton, across the historical covered bridge to the banks for the River. After blessing the river a wooden cross is thrown into the water and young men swim (or run) through the waters to retrieve it. This is a tradition that can be found throughout the Orthodox world, from Russia to Greece.