16th Annual Blessing
of the Susquehanna River
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
2:00 p.m. / Nesbitt Park
We welcome everyone in our community
to join the Byzantine Catholic Parishes of Wyoming Valley
in Kingston, Pa. for the Annual Susquehanna River Blessing
¹ Wyoming Valley Byzantine Catholic Churches are:
St. Mary Protection (Pokrova), Kingston
St. Michael the Archangel, Pittston
St. Nicholas of Myra, Swoyersville
St. Mary’s, Wilkes-Barre
St. John the Baptist, Wilkes-Barre Township
Site: Boat Launch area, Kingston side of the River
Time: 2:00 pm
Parking: Ample paved parking lot on location
Directions to Nesbitt Park
From Pittston, Wilkes-Barre side of the river: Take the Veteran’s Memorial (Pierce Street) bridge into Kingston. Turn right onto 1st Avenue next to the new Geisinger Clinic. (See 1st Avenue directions below) **
From Wyoming, Forty Fort, Kingston side of river: From Route 11 (Wyoming Avenue), turn onto Pierce Street, Kingston. Follow past Aldi’s on the right and Arby’s on the left (3rd Avenue), turn left onto 1st Avenue next to the new Geisinger Clinic. (See 1st Avenue directions below)
**(1st Avenue directions): Drive to perimeter entrance road on right where it curves up a small hill. Follow over the dike and continue along the river side of the dike to where it ends to a large paved parking lot.
It is a custom for Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches to bless a nearby river or stream as a tradition associated with the feast of Theophany. For an explanation of this and why we bless water, and for photos of this event: WHY WE BLESS THE RIVER.
This year’s event marks the 16th time we will join in prayer for this blessing. Everyone in our local community of every tradition and faith is welcome to attend.
A social with light refreshments will follow the blessing at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Some views during January 2018 of a very frozen Susquehanna River in Pittston, Pennsylvania where St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church is located. We are very fortunate we don’t have scenes like we saw then!