Blessing the Mon River - Orthodox church holds commemoration
Morgantown Dominion Post
12 January 2014
By Ben Conley
Members of the St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Westover held their
annual commemoration of Jesus’ baptism Saturday, at the Edith
Barill Riverfront Park boat ramp in Star City.
A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of two dozen or so who
sang hymns, read Scripture and prayed in the riverside gazebo.
“It’s really a special blessing and we view the rain as a little
bit of a blessing in and of itself. We know that God is with us,”
the Rev. Matthew Stagon said. “It’s better that it rains than it’s
snowy and icy and people can’t get here.”
Rev. Stagon blessed the water of the Monongahela River and asked
for a blessing for everyone near and far whose lives the water
will touch, including the entire Morgantown community.
Rev. Stagon lowered a wooden cross into the river as a heavy fog
hung across the water.
“We have asked God to bless and transform these waters, just as we
ask God to bless and transform our lives,” Rev. Stagon said.
The river blessing was followed by a gathering for lunch. Rosemary
Wesdock attended the blessing with her husband, Tom, and said
praying for others “gives me a good feeling inside.”
“Everyone who we pray for, and we sincerely want all of that, all
those blessings, upon the water, upon this city and everyone,” she