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KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Matushka Mary Reynolds, left, The Olive Tree owner Sophia Daskalakis, center and the Rev. Fr. Seraphim Reynolds of Elevation of the Holy Orthodox Church of Loyalsock , right, pray, while blessing The Olive Tree Restaurant at 43 West Third Street in Williamsport on Tuesday. The Olive Tree owner Sophia Daskalakis asked the priest perform the service, which is a renewal asking for God's blessings and prosperity upon the restaurant as well as renewing God's prescence in the house. Orthodox blessing of homes and businesses includes the sprinkling of Holy Water and prayer and the singing of hymns. A house can be blessed at any time but usually occurs in the season following Theophany, the feast which commemorates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.
KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette The Rev. Fr. Seraphim Reynolds of Elevation of the Holy Orthodox Church of Loyalsock kisses a cross while blessingThe Olive Tree Restaurant at 43 West Third Street in Williamsport on Tuesday. The Olive Tree owner Sophia Daskalakis asked the priest perform the service, which is a renewal asking for God's blessings and prosperity upon the restaurant as well as renewing God's prescence in the house. Orthodox blessing of homes and businesses includes the sprinkling of Holy Water and prayer and the singing of hymns. A house can be blessed at any time but usually occurs in the season following Theophany, the feast which commemorates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.
KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette A few of the traditional items used in an Orthodox house blessing,.
KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette The Rev. Fr. Seraphim Reynolds of Elevation of the Holy Orthodox Church of Loyalsock sprinkles Holy Water while blessingThe Olive Tree Restaurant at 43 West Third Street in Williamsport on Tuesday. The Olive Tree owner Sophia Daskalakis asked the priest perform the service, which is a renewal asking for God's blessings and prosperity upon the restaurant as well as renewing God's prescence in the house. Orthodox blessing of homes and businesses includes the sprinkling of Holy Water and prayer and the singing of hymns. A house can be blessed at any time but usually occurs in the season following Theophany, the feast which commemorates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.

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