[Archived News] Tuesday January 29, 2008


Fairmont, WV - Each year during the time of Theophany, parishioners from Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia go to the nearby Monongahela River for the annual blessing of the river.

This year Sharren Paroda, Michael Danko, Niko Ilich, and Katica Trjkovski made the short trip down Morgantown Avenue following the Divine Liturgy on January 26. Inquirer Dennis Eliot came for this firt time experience. Rose Ilich took the photos.Niko and Rose Ilich in a previous year attended the river blessing under the auspices of the St.George Church in Carmichaels, Pa. This was the first year the Great Blessing of the Waters was performed in the newly renovated Mission Chapel. Sharren Paroda prepared a Kolach in honor of St. Sava and during the Divine Liturgy the Kolach was blessed.

Niko Illich and Maria Djonovich did readings of Uskliknimo/Hymn to St.Sava at the luncheon following the Liturgy. April 15, 2008 will mark the Eight Anniversary of the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Mission and official acceptance of the Mission into the Eastern American Diocese by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Father Rodney Torbic