On the feast of Theophany the parish of SS Sergius & Herman of Valaam in Houghton, MI blessed Portage Lake after the Divine Liturgy for the feast. Assisting next to the choir and altar servers of the parish, Subdeacon Benjamin Bryant was visiting from Holy Transfiguration Mission in Peroria, IL
This 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. While frigidly cold, it was beautiful and joyous! Some interested local visitors joined and an article in a Finnish newspaper wrote about this event.