Steelton, PA - On Sunday, January 18th, 2015 the faithful of St. Nicholas welcomed His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan. The day began with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace presiding. After church and a fellowship luncheon His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan, along with many stewards of St. Nicholas joined other Orthodox faithful from the area at City Island Park for the annual Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Susquehanna. Among the people gathered were the clergy and faithful from the following communities:
Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (OCA) in Harrisburg
Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Mechanicsburg
Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (GOA) in Camp Hill
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (SER) in Oberlin
Following the River Blessing, the clergy and faithful gathered at Agia Sophia Coffeehouse and Bookstore (www.agiasophiaharrisburg.com) for fellowship and a soup/chili cook-off. His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan blessed the shop, asking that God would continue to allow it to be a place of peace, and an encouragement to our Orthodox faithful and our patrons.
Update: A video of the blessing can be seen here.