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[[Image:Alexis of Wilkes-Barre tomb.jpg|100px|left]] Our righteous father '''''[[Alexis of Wilkes-Barre]]''''' was a [[missionary]] [[priest]], sent from his homeland in Slovakia as a [[Uniate]], who, in order to serve and protect his flock in the United States in a hostile Latin environment, recognized the need to lead them in a return to their Orthodox Christian heritageFather Alexis Toth gained the distinction of being the first Uniate Greek Rite Catholic priest in America to lead his people in reunion with the Orthodox Church.
'''''[[Theophany]]''''' (from Greek ''theophania'', meaning "appearance of God") is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[January 6]].  It  is the feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).
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This observance commemorates [[Jesus Christ|Christ]]'s [[baptism]] by [[John the Forerunner]] in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ's earthly ministryThe Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which starts on [[December 25]] and ends on [[January 6]]. In mystic commemoration of this event, the [[Great Blessing of Water]] is performed on this day, and the [[holy water]] so blessed is used by the local [[priest]] to bless the homes of the faithful.
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Having been sent originally to America to be a missionary to the immigrants, Father Alexis, in his new role, was to fulfill his destiny as the missionary leading his people back to the Orthodox Church.  Through his efforts over 20,000 Carpatho-Russian and Galician uniates were re-united with the Orthodox ChurchOn [[May 7]], 1909, he died and was buried in a special shrine at the [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)]]. On [[May 29]], 1994, Protopresbyter Alexis Toth was [[glorification|glorified]] as St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre.  His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[May 7]].
  
  
 
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'''''Recently featured:''''' [[Nativity]], [[Theological School of Halki]], [[Alexander Nevsky]], [[Episcopi vagantes]], [[Joseph the Hesychast]], [[Eucharist]], [[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels]], [[John the Merciful]], [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco]], [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]].  ''Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturdays'''.''

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Our righteous father Alexis of Wilkes-Barre was a missionary priest, sent from his homeland in Slovakia as a Uniate, who, in order to serve and protect his flock in the United States in a hostile Latin environment, recognized the need to lead them in a return to their Orthodox Christian heritage. Father Alexis Toth gained the distinction of being the first Uniate Greek Rite Catholic priest in America to lead his people in reunion with the Orthodox Church.

Having been sent originally to America to be a missionary to the immigrants, Father Alexis, in his new role, was to fulfill his destiny as the missionary leading his people back to the Orthodox Church. Through his efforts over 20,000 Carpatho-Russian and Galician uniates were re-united with the Orthodox Church. On May 7, 1909, he died and was buried in a special shrine at the St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania). On May 29, 1994, Protopresbyter Alexis Toth was glorified as St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre. His feast day is celebrated on May 7.


Recently featured: Nativity, Theological School of Halki, Alexander Nevsky, Episcopi vagantes, Joseph the Hesychast, Eucharist, Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels, John the Merciful, John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco, Gabrielia (Papayannis). Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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