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[[Image:TheophanyAlexis of Wilkes-Barre tomb.jpg|100px|left]]Our righteous father '''''[[TheophanyAlexis of Wilkes-Barre]]''''' (from Greek ''theophania'', meaning "appearance of God") is one of the was a [[Great Feastsmissionary]] of the [[Orthodox Churchpriest]], celebrated on sent from his homeland in Slovakia as a [[January 6Uniate]], 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. It is Father Alexis Toth gained the feast which reveals distinction of being the Most Holy Trinity first Uniate Greek Rite Catholic priest in America to lead his people in reunion with the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22)Orthodox Church.
This observance commemorates [[Jesus Christ|Christ]]'s [[baptism]] by [[John Having been sent originally to America to be a missionary to the Forerunner]] immigrants, Father Alexis, in his new role, was to fulfill his destiny as the River Jordanmissionary leading his people back to the Orthodox Church. Through his efforts over 20, 000 Carpatho-Russian and Galician uniates were re-united with the beginning of Christ's earthly ministryOrthodox Church. The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which starts on On [[December 25May 7]] , 1909, he died and ends on was buried in a special shrine at the [[January 6St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)]]. In mystic commemoration of this eventOn [[May 29]], 1994, the Protopresbyter Alexis Toth was [[Great Blessing of Waterglorification|glorified]] is performed on this day, and the as St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre. His [[holy waterfeast day]] so blessed is used by the local celebrated on [[priestMay 7]] to bless the homes of the faithful.
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