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"On the feast of Theophany the parish of SS Sergius & Herman of Valaam in Houghton, MI blessed Portage Lake. Assisting next to the choir and altar servers of the parish Subdeacon Benjamin Bryant was visiting from Holy Transfiguration Mission in Peroria, IL. It was somewhat of a historical event because to our knowledge this was the first blessing of open waters in this area that the parish celebrated at a feast of Theophany. It was gorgeous and blessed and a joyus. Some interested local visitors joined us too, and an article in a finnish newspaper is announced about this event."
Photo credit: Timothy E Bryant